salmon burgers and homemade tartar sauce

On the weekend I worked hard to get our deck cleaned up.  We live in a neighborhood with lots of construction, so there's always a lot of dirt flying around, and I was tired of getting dirty feet every time I went outside.  After the deck was looking spiffy, I was inspired to plan a barbecued meal.  I decided on salmon burgers with sweet potato fries and coleslaw this week.  It was a great meal, and didn't take long at all to put together.  The homemade tartar sauce was almost my favourite part of the whole meal.  It was so good, I don't think I'll ever buy pre-made tartar sauce again!  I toasted the buns in the oven, generously spread on some tartar sauce and topped the burgers with red onion, cucumber and mixed greens. 

Salmon Burgers

  • about 1 pound of boneless, skinless salmon
  • 3/4 cup fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • about 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup minced shallot
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • grated zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Pulse 1-2 slices of whole wheat bread in the food processor to get fresh crumbs.  Remove the bread crumbs from the food processor.  Cut the salmon into chunks, then put them in the food processor and pulse on and off until it is minced to small pieces.  Put the minced salmon into a large mixing bowl, then add the remaining ingredients and mix until fully combined.  Form about 4 patties, then cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before cooking.  Preheat the BBQ, spray the grill with cooking spray then grill the burgers.  Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, less if you like it on the rare side.

Tartar Sauce

  • 1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tbsp fresh minced dill
  • 2-3 tsp horseradish
  • 2-3 tsp lemon juice
  • fresh ground pepper

Stir all the ingredients together in a small bowl, refrigerate until ready to use.

Sweet potato fries tip:  We've tried a lot of times to make sweet potato fries at home, but they never turn out quite as crispy as we would like.  Don't get me wrong, they're still delicious, I just like them a little crisper (you know, like at restaurants).  Trev's aunt brought a bag of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries from Costco to a family BBQ, and I was hooked.  If you haven't tried them yet, you should.  They're delicious and all you have to do is bake them in the oven!  

Recipes adapted from Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! by Janet & Greta Podleski