Let’s talk about the state of my refrigerator.

You know… I’m not really a pack rat. It’s one of the few traits I’m thrilled that I didn’t inherit from my mom and Mother Lovett, and I can easily pitch old birthday cards or baby dolls or whatever. I mean, sure… more often than not our house appears to be a cluttered disaster, but that’s not because I don’t WANT to throw things out. I’m just lazy.

I wish my husband shared these same sentiments but since he still has a pair of shoes from 1987 (um hello, I was like 5) in his closet along with a shrine to Sarah Michelle Gellar, that framed and autographed picture of Chris Benoit and nearly 400 CDs… I don’t think he does.

And after I flipped my lid when he attempted to throw away four packets of soy and duck sauce from takeout Chinese that had been sitting in that spot in the fridge where stuff falls out of EVERY TIME THE DOOR OPENS… I had a realization. I may not be a pack rat about most things, but when it comes to the fridge? I’m a freaking maniac.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m so in love with every drop of food that crosses my path (I’m looking at you beer risotto) or because I just totally despise wasting anything edible, but I keep things in the fridge past the point of death. And yeah, sometimes it’s just about being lazy but, uh most of the time it’s just… me. Oh and we should probably get one thing straight: that IS one of the unfortunate traits I inherited, given that last month my dad threw away over 10 boxes of expired Duncan Hines cake mix then watched my mom go and retrieve it from the trash. Ew? And WHYYYYY!!!?

This really came to a head two weeks ago when Mr. How Sweet rushed into the house in his normal, everyday manic I’m-so-hungry-I’m-gonna-!DIE! mode and proceeded to throw every item out of our freezer in search for something meat-like. Out came a half-sealed bag of frozen, breaded cod, which I certainly did not buy… and that expired in June of 2010. Next came the salmon burgers, also which I did not buy… that expired in January 2011. He wasn’t happy about that one because as it turns out, he really wanted a salmon burger. And did I think he could still eat one? Because I mean, they are like encased in a good inch of tasty freezer ice. That has to preserve SOMETHING.

But no… I did not think he should eat one. Instead, he made some sort of frozen beef patty things which were disgusting, but I saved the day with homemade salmon burgers 24 hours later. I used my grandma’s crab cake recipe as a base and went from there, praying for a non-fishy burger with lots of flavor. His hunger was rewarded.

Oh and FYI? That was last Monday and there is still a salmon burger in the fridge.

Old habits die hard.

BBQ Salmon Burgers

[adapted from simple, light crab cakes]

makes 4 burgers

1 pound fresh, raw salmon (skinless or skin removed)

1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons bbq sauce

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

4 whole wheat buns

Add salmon to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until it’s somewhat ground.

Remove and add salmon to a bowl with remaining ingredients (except for buns!) and mix with a spoon until just combined. Form into 4 equally-sized burgers. Heat a skillet (or grill) over medium-high heat and cook burgers on each side until golden – about 3-4 minutes per side.

Serve with additional BBQ sauce, lettuce and red onion for topping.

I’m so tan! Right?

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101 Responses to “BBQ Salmon Burgers.”

  1. #
    christina @ ovenadventures — February 22, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    considering I made your crab cake and loved them I’m all over these. i love salmon! ps. it’s winter and if you were tanned it would be weird and make you look like your from the Jersey Shore. ;)


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    Natalie@DeconstructingTheHome — February 22, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    I wonder if I can sneak this in between my husband’s hamburger buns. He won’t eat fish but I love it. This sounds so good!


  3. #
    Angelyn — February 22, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    I feel so awful throwing away food too! Great recipe! Looks so good.


  4. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — February 22, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    And perfect for LENT!!! Thank you! Always looking for something different to make on Fridays! These look fabulous…I’m a little in love with salmon.


  5. #
    Meagan — February 22, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    I want this burger …. RIGHT NOW! That’s a big deal considering I HATE fish of all kinds. This salmon burger looks amazing though!


  6. #
    Quiche-ing Queen — February 22, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    These look so delicious! I would love one of there right now. Just a friendly reminder about the giveaway I’m hosting on my blog for Satori Cheese. http://quiche-ingqueen.blogspot.com/2012/02/satori-cheese-giveaway.html


  7. #
    Jen — February 22, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    Exactly. Why would you throw out packets of perfectly good duck sauce?

    Your posts crack me up every day. Thank you for that!!!


  8. #
    Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles — February 23, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    Mmm…need more salmon in my life, pronto!!


  9. #
    Foodieandthatsit — February 23, 2012 @ 3:49 am

    yummy! Really I must try to make this burger some day :)
    congratulations for your website, i love it


  10. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — February 23, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    As always, this looks absolutely delicious. And, I have a strong feeling that my entire family will love it. I cannot wait to add it to our March menu.


  11. #
    thelittleloaf — February 23, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    My boyfriend is exactly the same when he comes home hungry from the gym…he’d eat anything! I love salmon burgers, but also love the look of those crab cakes that inspired them. Yum!


  12. #
    Megan Pence — February 23, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    I’ve never had such a strong emotional and visceral reaction to a burger like this – eVeR! And I effin’ love a good burger. o.O


  13. #
    Kathryn Garland — February 23, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    do you think I could make these BBQ Salmon Burgers with canned salmon? I have some in the pantry and have no idea what to do with it! I prefer fresh over canned any day but do you have any experience making these with canned?


  14. #
    Sarah @ The Healthy Diva — February 23, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    how did you know burgers were my favourite food group??? i have yet to try making a salmon burger but they look surprisingly easy. I too am like Mr. Sweet…when i come home from the gym i am a hungry monster and need to eat NOW lol.


  15. #
    April — February 23, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    Mmm…that looks wonderful. Last time I made salmon burgers I didn’t care for them. I’m going to have to try your recipe next time. That’s funny about your fridge. I’m the same way except with my car…my husband hates it! My house is spotless and organized and I am not a pack rat at all, but my car comes last. Sheesh, we can’t be perfect in every way! ;)


  16. #
    Brandi — February 23, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    What is it with guys and Sarah Michelle Gellar? My husband has the same obsession! It’s actually kinda cute…


  17. #
    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — February 23, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    I LOVE salmon burgers and have been into BBQ-flavor everything this week. Sounds perfect to me! Yum, yum!


  18. #
    Gayle215 — February 24, 2012 @ 1:34 am

    Seriously…I made these burgers for myself and family tonight and they were sooooo delicious. I used a ciabatta roll. So good. I love your recipes & your sense of humor.


  19. #
    Emilee — February 25, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    These were so incredibly delicious! So much flavor. Thank you so so so so much!


  20. #
    Rosie — February 27, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    These were really good and took five minutes to put together! Super healthy and light but also satisfying with some beet and sweet potato chips and a green salad!


  21. #
    Mrs. Smith — March 2, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Looks tasty! Can’t wait to try.


  22. #
    anamateur — March 13, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    These are A-MAZING!
    They took no time to prep. My extremely picky 4 year old devoured his….and asked to take a leftover one to school for lunch tomorrow!
    They are being added to our very short list of family friendly, healthy, quick and easy meals!
    BTW i love your blog


  23. #
    Lindsey — June 13, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Made these last night and they were SO STINKING GOOD! Super easy to make, and since I don’t have a food processor I simply used a sharp knife and ran it through several times to get that processed consistency. Easy peasy. I topped mine with additional barbecue sauce and carmelized onions – delish!


  24. #
    Whitney — June 10, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    I made these for dinner last night – so yummy!! However, my food processor definitely turned the salmon into more of a paste, but it was still super yummy!


  25. #
    Donna — July 25, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    OMG…late to the party…but I MUST have these for the weekend barbecue!!!!…Question…I unfortunately can’t have panko due to wheat allergy…could I possibly use another binding thing?…These look amazing.

    I’m the only one with the wheat problem…I can serve regular buns to my family…but the patty panko ingredient is what is causing me the dilemma!

    You are the wittiest…best food writer out there…I so love to see your every post…grin guaranteed!



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