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Hoisin-Glazed Salmon Burgers with Pickled Cucumber


The goodbye’s have begun…and I don’t like it. As excited as I am for the move, the house, the new job…I hate saying goodbye! It’s almost as bad as leaving Chicago and having my mom whimper in the driveway, waving goodbye. Woman breaks my heart. Guess she loves me 😉

I have to throw that mama of mine under the bus for just a second because these burgers sound like something she would love. However, these are something that she would love find in the frozen foods section at CostCo.


My mom prides herself on finding the healthiest of frozen convenience foods. For the past several summers, she’s had to boast about numerous frozen burgers she’s found — chicken, beef…whatever. But I’m pretty certain she’s never tried a salmon burger.

Being a salmon lover and having just returned from the Pacific Northwest, it baffles me that people don’t get weak in the knees over salmon. In my mind, it doesn’t hold a candle to any other fish taste-wise or nutrition-wise. That said, I know that everyone has different food preferences and we can’t help what we like and don’t like…but we have to be willing to give things a chance. Maybe even a second chance.


If you’re on the fence about salmon, I can’t think of a more perfect dish to give salmon a shot. The flavors of salmon are complimented with bold flavors of soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, hoisin, and cilantro…plus several slices of crunchy, pickled cucumber for texture.

Finger-licking good. Promise.

As for you, Ma…these take about 10 minutes to throw together. CostCo’s frozen section aint got nothin’ on these!



Hoisin-Glazed Salmon Burgers with Pickled Cucumber from Cooking Light

1/3 cup water
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
24 thin English cucumber slices (~1/2 cucumber)

1/2 cup panko
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp lower-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 tsp lime rind, grated
1 (1-lb) skinless wild, fresh or frozen, Alaskan salmon fillet, finely chopped
1 large egg white
1 1/2 tsp dark sesame oil
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
6 slider-sized hamburger buns, toasted, if desired


Combine the first 6 ingredients for the cucumbers in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add cucumber. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain.

Combine panko and the next 7 burger ingredients (through egg white) in a bowl, and stir well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions, gently shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add patties; cook patties for 3 minutes on each side or until done. Brush tops of patties evenly with hoisin; cook for 30 seconds.

Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun; top each patty with 4 cucumber slices and top half of bun.

Yield: 6 small burgers

Nutrition Information (per burger): 263 calories; 10.3 g. fat; 47 mg. cholesterol; 468 mg. sodium; 21.8 g. carbohydrate; 0.5 g. fiber; 21 g. protein

Result: Sweet and a bit spicy, these bold Asian flavors season these salmon burgers beautifully. These burgers are on the “large slider” side, so 1 with a side or 2 as a meal would be appropriate. I think a fun side would be an Asian slaw with cilantro or some grilled asparagus or other veggie. A quick, delicious meal perfect for summer. Enjoy!


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I am off today. Lily has a vet appointment, I need to return my rental and pick-up my car (hopefully), and I have a going-away gig about an hour up north with the weight loss group Donna and I ran last summer. I think I’m finally up for a workout after my 3-day recovery from hiking, too!

Be well,

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  1. Gina (The Candid RD)
    June 12, 2012 / 7:00 am

    This sounds amazing. My mom and I Were just talking about how we need to make some QUALITY salmon burgers this summer. Perhaps this will be one of them. Pinning it NOW ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    June 12, 2012 / 7:33 am

    Oh I am SO in!! I wish I could find some lower sodium hoisin but I’ll have to budget for ’em sodium wise. YUM!

  3. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    June 12, 2012 / 8:57 am

    I don’t understand why more people don’t like salmon, either. It’s the best! It’s also the thing I look for first on any restaurant menu when eating at a standard grille. I love all the variations places do on it…

  4. Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshair.com
    June 12, 2012 / 9:18 am

    Nicole, these look so good! I often buy salmon with the intention of turning it into burgers, but then take the easy route and just do a simple broil. But summer always gets me in the mood for burgers. Beautiful photos too!

  5. Meg
    June 12, 2012 / 9:21 am

    I love salmon burgers, too. And that cucumber pickle! I have half a cucumber, unused, in the fridge as we speak… I think I know what to do with it now.

  6. Amanda A
    June 12, 2012 / 10:04 am

    That’s funny because I just had a frozen salmon burger last night – that I bought at Costco! Love them!

  7. The Home Cook
    June 12, 2012 / 10:30 am

    I’m one of those people who just doesn’t like salmon. I’ve tried it in so many forms and only liked it once. It’s a shame because I know how good it is for you. I’ve heard that if you buy wild salmon the flavor is more mild but that’s out of our price range. :”(

  8. Biz
    June 12, 2012 / 10:55 am

    Okay, so I may have to give salmon another go with this flavor! My hubs loves salmon so maybe I can sneak this onto our menu!

  9. Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    June 12, 2012 / 12:27 pm

    It is so hard to say bye.
    I have been thinking about leaving my job to try something different. It is hard to think about leaving my coworkers though.
    But I can’t wait to hear all the adventures you will have ahead!!
    Oh and those burgers look fantastic!

  10. Brianna
    June 12, 2012 / 7:50 pm

    We would LOVE these burgers – huge salmon fans around here. Sometimes my grandma in Alaska sends us frozen wild salmon fillets (caught that morning) that taste so fresh I think that people who claim to dislike salmon just haven’t had great salmon. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  11. mia
    June 12, 2012 / 11:55 pm

    Look amazing! Does the nutritional info include a bun or is it just for the burger and pickles??

    • Nicole, RD
      June 13, 2012 / 6:18 am

      Mia: The bun is included, yep! They were bakery buns/slider buns…smaller and fluffy!

  12. Kate
    June 13, 2012 / 1:08 am

    My mom would be happy with the frozen version of these too!

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  14. Ammie
    June 14, 2012 / 7:00 pm

    We absolutely love salmon, hoisin sauce and pickles so these are a match made in heaven for us! I made them this morning and cooked them when I got home tonight for a quick weeknight meal. I used the Pure Alaska canned salmon and they came out great! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Kelsey
    June 21, 2012 / 12:03 pm

    These are so right up our alley. YUM!

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  17. Amanda
    July 11, 2012 / 2:31 am

    I love these!! I made them and then froze them – all I needed to do was defrost it and then popped it under the grill with the bread to heat them up ๐Ÿ™‚ Didn’t have time to make the cucumber so just put tomato, cucumber, bean sprouts and baby spinach on top ๐Ÿ™‚ YUUMMM!!!

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