5-Ingredient Salmon Burgers

Ever wondered how you could dress up canned salmon into a delicious meal? Look no further because these
5-Ingredient Salmon Burgers are the answer.

5-Ingredient Salmon Burgers from Holley Grainger


Are you a meal planner? I try but it doesn’t always work out the way I want it to. My goal this year was to become a better planner by being more diligent about writing down what we would have for the week versus just trying to keep it all in my head. I will say I have done much better and have enjoyed not having as much added stress at 5pm wondering what to make! 

Easy Idea for Canned Salmon

5-Ingredient Salmon Burgers from Holley Grainger

That’s why these salmon burgers are key on nights when I may be low on fresh options or am looking for something simple and delicious. They require just 5 ingredients and 2 of the main ingredients are pantry staples – canned salmon and oats. Canned salmon (just like fresh salmon) is a great source of lean protein and healthy fats. Plus, it is affordable and portable. 

Super Easy Salmon Burgers

5-Ingredient Salmon Burgers from Holley Grainger

These salmon burgers come together in no time– plus they use just 5 simple ingredients. After throwing all of the ingredients in the food processor and giving it a whirl, let the mixture sit in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes to allow it to hold together better before cooking them up in the pan.


5-Ingredient Salmon Burgers from Holley Grainger

The texture of these salmon burgers is dense reminding me of a crab cake. You certainly could put them on a bun and eat them like a “burger.” How delicious would these be with avocado, arugula and a little hot sauce? However, I love keeping them simple and boosting the flavor by topping with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some briny capers. 

Have you ever cooked with canned salmon? Tell me what you made. I’m always looking of inspiration!

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5-Ingredient Salmon Burgers from Holley Grainger

5-Ingredient Salmon Burgers from Holley Grainger

5-Ingredient Salmon Burgers

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Dinner, seafood, main dish
  • Cuisine: American


Transform canned salmon into simple and savory Salmon Burgers. Serve these on a bun with avocado and hot sauce or as is with lemon juice and briny capers.



  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 6 in oz. can wild Alaskan salmon (water, drained)
  • 1/2 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add in oats, pulsing into a flour-like consistency.
  2. Add in drained wild Alaskan salmon, diced onion, minced garlic, egg, salt and pepper. Pulse to combine until mixture forms paste-like consistency. You may have to stop to scrape down the sides a few times.
  3. Form into 4 pattties and place in fridge to chill for 15-20 minutes.
  4. When ready to cook, heat pan over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Place patties in pan when hot, and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  5. Enjoy as is, or stuff in between two buns for a perfectly tasty alternative to your traditional burger!