Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Salmon Cilantro Burgers Recipe

I love salmon! It is one of the few meals my husband and I can agree on. These burgers are quite delicious and have a fraction of the calories of a beef hamburger. The ingredients list looks daunting but these are actually quite simple. Feel free to change up the amount of onion and/or jalapeno for more flavor if you prefer. I've also tried adding canned green chilies which give a great flavor.

Salmon Cilantro Burgers
Contributed by Elisa Garn

1/4 c mayo (you can use reduced fat or fat free for less calories)
1 T chopped fresh cilantro
1 T fresh lime juice (you can reduce this if you want a thicker sauce)
1/8 t salt
1/8 t ground black pepper
1 lb salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 1" pieces (we like to use the frozen salmon fillets for convenience)
1/4 c dry breadcrumbs
2 T cilantro leaves
2 T chopped green onions
1 T chopped seeded jalapeno peppers
2 T fresh lime juice
1/2 t salt
1/4 t ground black pepper
Cooking spray
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
4 lettuce leaves

1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl; cover and chill.
2. Place salmon in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped. Add breadcrumbs and next 6 ingredients (through pepper). Pulse 4 times or until well blended. Divide salmon mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 3/4 inch thick patty.
3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 2 minutes. Carefully turn patties over; cook 2 minutes or until done.
4. Spread about 1 T mayo mixture over bottom half of each bun. Top each serving with lettuce leaf.

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