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Salmon Quinoa Burgers

How’s everybody doing today? We are in the midst of “spring break” (whatever that means to a preschooler) over here and somehow everyone but me is down with a cold. As I type this, I’m knocking on all the wood I can find. Despite all that, we have still been doing some fun spring break stuff this week — rides on the merry go round in the park, painting in the yard and picnics at the playground. I’m starting to plan a super casual backyard party for Grayson’s third birthday next month and seriously can’t even believe it. How in the world is he already turning three?! It doesn’t even seem possible. 

Considering the life stage I’m in, where my days consist of wiping runny noses, playing at the park and rocking in the glider, I obviously am finding myself making more kid friendly food more than anything else. I don’t know what it is about salmon burgers, but my kids are really digging these. When I originally made them, I was really just going for something that used up the leftover quinoa in the fridge. These came together in SERIOUSLY ten minutes and two little boys totally gobbled them up, so I would say it was a total win.

It would be fun to make a mini version of these, but to be honest it didn’t even cross my mind. You know how it is at around 5pm when you have little kids at your feet — I was on a mission and on a mission fast. 😉 I did use some of my homemade burger buns, which I adore. They are seriously so simple and on a whole other burger bun level. I like to make big batches and keep them in the freezer because they defrost extremely quickly and perfect for impromptu salmon burger situations such as this!

I hope you guys (and your kids) enjoy these as much as we did! I feel like they are prettyyyyyyyy much the healthiest thing my kids have ever eaten, with all the wild salmon and quinoa super powers. Hey, there are tons of nights where we eat frozen chicken tenders or Annie’s mac & cheese, so this all makes it somewhat even in my opinion. 

Salmon Quinoa Burgers
Course: Main Course
Servings: 5 burgers
  • 1 lb ground salmon preferably wild caught
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 5 hamburger buns
  • lettuce for serving
  • tomato for serving
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. 

  2. With wet hands, form five patties and place on a plate.

  3. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Fry burgers for about four minutes per side, or until done to your preferred doneness. 

  4. Serve on prepared buns with condiments that you prefer.

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  • Carrie this fit chick
    April 6, 2017 at 6:28 am

    These sound delicious! I love the idea of mixing salmon + quinoa for an extra protein kick!

  • Christina @
    April 6, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Yum! One of my best friend’s moms used to always make us salmon burgers when we were little and i loved them. These look so good!

  • Aimee
    April 6, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Oh there are so many good things right here. Cannot wait to bust out the grill and try these out!

  • Jessica
    April 6, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Looks great! Where could I find ground salmon?

  • Hillary
    April 6, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Yummy! Where do you buy ground salmon? I haven’t seen it before.

    • jenna
      April 10, 2017 at 8:58 am

      You can ask the guys at the seafood counter at your local store or do it yourself by processing frozen salmon fillets in a food processor. 🙂

  • Heather Warner
    April 6, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Can I use wild canned salmon instead of ground? We don’t have that on the east coast.

    • jenna
      April 10, 2017 at 8:58 am


      You can grind your own salmon by buying wild salmon fillets, freezing them and then processing them (still frozen) in the food processor.

  • Ginny
    April 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Salmon burgers are my son’s favorite too! I was wondering about canned salmon as well. Would that work?

  • Sophie
    April 6, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Um I am so excited to make these. It would totally stretch my week night meal budget as well. How funny is it my that preschoolers favorite food has always been salmon? Except don’t you dare give him pizza….that’s what we get for being foodies 😉
    Loving your blog again!

  • Annie
    April 6, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Yum! These look great andcso healthy!

  • Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar
    April 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Hey, I eat frozen chicken tenders and mac & cheese too. No shame in that.
    These burgers look seriously yummy! I actually really like salmon burgers, which is ironic since I’m not such a big fan of just eating salmon. Definitely putting these on my to-try list. 🙂

  • Kalyn @
    April 10, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I loved this post! I’m in the same life season — with a two year old on my hands. Looking forward to trying this recipe! Thank you 🙂

  • jenna
    April 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I’m so thankful you are back! I can’t wait to try these!!! they looks seriously amazing.

  • Kristie
    May 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Made these tonight and loved them! SO glad you’re back!

  • Nicole
    June 4, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    So nice to have you back 🙂 I found the recipe for your homemade buns but I’m not sure how you freeze them- any tips for freezing them? Thanks!

  • Susan J
    October 23, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Not sure if you will see this but these are soooo GOOD! I froze the salmon and placed into my food processor. 1. smaller pieces is key and 2. hold on to the processor! Mine wanted to rock right off the counter. The only thing I did differently is I added a healthy shake of Tony Chachere, I’m from New Orleans and it just added a little kick! I have made these twice and shared with friends. They demanded the recipe so I emailed the link to the recipe. Thank you so much!

  • Shelah
    November 8, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Can these be baked instead?

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