Friday, June 29, 2012

Salmon Burgers with Pickled Cucumbers and Onions

The weather has turned on us!  Yesterday, it was 101 degrees!  Definitely a day for indoor activities.  It was time to face the dreaded pantry.  Time to find what food stuff was lurking at the back of the shelves.  I stock up for the winter anticipating the blizzard that will keep us in and cooking in the fireplace for days on end.  Another winter has passed without impassable roads and there were cans and boxes of various things that needed to be used.  There were two tins of wild Alaskan salmon among the sardines and tuna.  I pulled out a recipe that we like with fresh salmon and decided to substitute the tinned.  While the fresh is best, the tinned was first runner up.

The pickled cucumbers and onions are quick, easy and the perfect topping.   Both the pickles and the salmon burger were inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light.

Pickled Onions and Cucumbers

1/3 cup water
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
24 (or so) thin English cucumber slices
1 small red onion, thinly sliced

Combine the first six ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Add the cucumber and onion and bring back to a boil.  Cover with a lid and remove from the heat.  Let stand 30 minutes.  Can be made ahead and refrigerated.  Bring to room temperature before topping the salmon burger.

Salmon Burger 

1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp grated lime zest
2 six-ounce cans of wild Alaska salmon, finely chopped
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
1 1/2 Tbsp dark sesame oil
2 tsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce

Combine the first seven ingredients and mix well.  Divide into two large patties and one small (dog-sized) patty--about 1/2 inch thick.

Heat the oils in a heavy skillet and saute the burgers until nicely browned on both sides.  Brush the tops with the hoisin sauce.  Place on toasted sesame buns and top with the pickled cucumber and onions.  Serve the dog-sized patty plain!!



  1. Oh that looks very more-ish! I've just had my lunch of roast pork, new potatoes, cabbage and gravy. Yum.
    Keep well dear! xx

  2. I need to do the same thing (clean out pantry and restock but our stocked pantry is for hurricane mode). I just happen to also have some canned salmon and your recipe sounds delish.. BTW, those cheesecake bars sound divine too. A MUST on my to make list. Thanks for sharing boty recipes.

    Carolyn/ A Southerners Notebook

  3. this sounds so good, I will try this, we always have tin salmon on hand,

  4. mother used to make the pickled onions and cukes a lot, i loved it, but picked out the onions since i don't eat them. we love salmon patties made from canned salmon, but have not thought of making them like burger. this i a great idea and one i will try

  5. I buy salmon burgers already made up; these sound wonderful. Does a pup get the dog sized patty? I've not tried feeding Willie Salmon. I'm definitely making the pickled cucumbers and onions.

    We hit 107 yesterday. Today is suppose to be a cool 104. Oh my! Bonnie

  6. I have the Costco canned wild salmon, so this would be perfect!!! I have been waiting years for a canned salmon patty recipe!!! Today we are getting the heat, at least 100!!! All drapes are closed and I sit in the dim light typing.

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  8. Thanks for your well wishes about my Uncle today Bonnie - I appreciate it!

    I am all about pickles, but you can keep the onions. :D Hugs!

  9. Lovin' your quick pickle recipe! I don't generally add fresh garlic or crushed pepper to them, sounds like something fun to try:@)

  10. Ummm, mmmm! This sounds really good, Bonnie! I love salmon and want to try this. Crazy weather, we had thunder, a little rain today and it went down to 68 degrees, then the sun came out and back 91 degrees and very humid. We still need rain for all the bushes, flowers and grass seed just planted. Stay cool, my friend!

  11. I was going to organize my pantry on that hot day ... I chickened out. You are a braver woman than me, Bonnie.

  12. For Father's Day Little One gave her grandpa a page of questions she answered about him. One of his favorite foods, she said, was salmon burgers. Not sure where she got that, though he will enjoy them when I make them. There must be some reason you don't put a whole egg in the mix, just egg whites. You being a extraordinaire cook would know why. I just dump in an egg. Clue me in! Any why did your temps drop so much yesterday? You must have had a storm?

  13. How lovely! You've brought the Land of the Midnight Sun to your kitchen - and probably mine. I really want to try these. They sound delicious, Bonnie. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  15. Sounds so very, very good... especially with the pickled cucumber and onion!! Do love that special one for Oliver!! LOL! Stay cool! blessings ~ tanna

  16. I'm like you and keep my pantry full, especially in the winter. You never know when you could be trapped and I believe in being prepared. Your burgers sound terrific with the picked cucumbers and onions.

  17. Salmon burgers are a favorite around here. Yours have a lovely Asian twist and your pickled onion and cucumber topper is just the right touch.
    I feel so sorry for the people of Colorado and then again for those in the bad storms yesterday. Relief seems to be in sight.

  18. Your salmon burgers look delicious. My BIL loves anything pickled. I'll have to pass on your picked onions to him.

  19. Yum, those pickled onions and cucumbers are a perfect garnish for so many different kinds of sandwiches. Love those salmon burgers.

  20. Hi Bonnie, I am going to make this one. I especially want to try the pickled cucumbers and onions. I have a great recipe for salmon burgers too, I'll have to have a dig in the recipe drawer!

    xo, Bonnie

    PS - I will be blogging again soon.

  21. Both sound like really good dishes
    for summer. Mr. Ken would like the pickled cucumbers and onions a lot!


  22. Thanks for such great recipes. I have to try these salmon burgers for sure.
    In answer to your sweet comment today about the cat. I did manage to get it into the back room of the house and put food and water in there for her.
    She will not come to me though I guess too scared.
    Not sure what to do with her tomorrow but at least tonight she has protection inside

  23. This sounds and looks yummy!
    Something to make tomorrow!!??

    Big hugs

  24. A childhood favorite! Minus he ginger, of course!

  25. We enjoy eating as much salmon as possible and these burgers with the pickled garnish sound wonderful! The fresh ginger and red pepper flakes would make my husband very happy ;)


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