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Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli

I live in Alaska and eat fresh salmon from my freezer regularly, but do you think I have a salmon recipe posted on my website? Nope, not a single one. You see, I’ve had salmon prepared just about every way imaginable. Like most Alaskan kids, I’ve been eating it my entire life.

My family has caught them, gutted and cleaned them, smoked them, canned them, fried and baked them, and even fed them to our cats (Halibut and cod included, and no – I’m not joking. Although my mom would only give the cats the freezer-burnt fish).

We probably ate salmon and halibut more frequently than chicken or beef growing up.

Out of all of the ways I’ve had salmon, smoked is still my favorite. Nothing beats the taste of fresh caught and smoked salmon. It’s the best (although these burgers are really high on my list too)!

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This is my Dad in the late 80’s to early 90’s, with a boat full of wild caught Alaska salmon.

I’m so accustomed to eating salmon that posting a recipe for baked or grilled salmon for all of you just wasn’t going to cut it. Nope. In order for this Alaska chick to finally post a recipe for salmon it had to be something extra special (the baked and grilled recipes will come later).

I promise you these Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli were well worth the wait. These burgers are moist, flavorful, and even better yet – gluten free, grain free, and packed with heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

And these are particularly popular with children. My girls gobble them up and it is rare that we actually have any leftovers whenever I make them.

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The Garlic Dill Aioli is a wonderful addition to these salmon burgers; however, the sauce is optional. The burgers are perfectly flavored and seasoned, making them excellent on their own. But, don’t let me dissuade you. If you are a garlic lover, the Garlic Dill Aioli packs a powerful punch of flavor. It’s delicious – and not just for pairing with salmon burgers. Try using it as a dipping sauce for Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries. You can thank me later.  😉

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Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli

Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli

Yield: 6 four-inch burgers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These salmon burgers are moist, flavorful, and even better yet – gluten free, grain free, and packed with heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

Ingredients

For the Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers

  • 1.75 pounds Alaska wild caught salmon fillet, skinned & deboned (I use sockeye)
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup almond flour, gently packed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • oil, for frying

For the Garlic Dill Aioli

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. To make the Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers, cut the salmon into 2 inch chunks, and combine 1/3 of the pieces with the mayonnaise, lemon juice, egg, and garlic in a food processor and process until the mixture turns into a paste.
  2. Add the remaining salmon pieces and pulse until the larger salmon pieces are partially combined with the paste mixture. Do not over process; 1/4 inch pieces of salmon should remain.
  3. Place the mixture into a bowl and stir in the dried dill, sea salt, black pepper, almond flour, cilantro, and green onion. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, form into 6 patties, packing firmly.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add 2 tablespoons of oil and let it warm. Transfer the patties using a sturdy spatula to the hot pan. Cook the burgers, 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are just cooked through and crisp and golden. Be careful not to overcook. Add more oil to the pan as needed.
  5. To make the Garlic Dill Aioli, mash the minced garlic with the sea salt until it’s a paste. Combine the garlic paste, egg yolks, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and dried dill in a medium sized mixing bowl. Whisk until the yolk mixture is frothy and bright in color. Slowly drizzle in a few drops of olive oil at a time into the yolks and continue to whisk constantly until all of the oil is incorporated and the mixture emulsifies. Chill in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

You don't have to have a food processor in order to make these burgers, but it does make the process much easier. In lieu of the food processor, simply follow the instructions above and use a good sharp kitchen knife!

In regards to deboning salmon, sometimes I'll use my fingers to pull the bones out and sometimes I'll use a pair of tweezers. Either way you choose, the bones come out easier if you pull them out going against the grain of the salmon.

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Oh, and don’t forget to like Blue Bear Allergy Aware on Facebook!

All my love!
xo,
Megan

This recipe is linked to Pennywise PlatterNatural Living Monday and Make Your Own Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Fat Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday and Tasty Traditions.

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Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts

Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Seeing this old photo of your Dad made me tear up a bit, Megan. You know why. Beautiful post and amazing looking recipe! I love salmon burgers and with garlic aioli ... wow!

xoxo, Shirley

Megan

Sunday 22nd of February 2015

Awe, Shirley, thank you. ((Hugs)) And I do know why, and I'm so, so sorry. xoxo, M

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Scott

Thursday 26th of June 2014

Hello--

The salmon burgers sound great. I live in Bethel, AK. I have many food allergies. The most common are dairy, eggs, pork, shellfish and foods high in nickel. That being said--how can you make aioli with above issues? Any ideas for other recipes would be great!

Megan

Sunday 29th of June 2014

Hi Scott, You might be able to make it with Veganaise, although I don't know what type of nickel content it has... Being in Bethel though, I'd imagine you probably can't find Veganaise anywhere. If you Google "how to make vegan mayonnaise" there are all types of different recipes available. You might try making one that looks good to you and then add the dill and garlic to some of it? And maybe more lemon juice to taste? I hope that helps! Megan

Robyn @ simply fresh dinners

Thursday 26th of June 2014

Hi Megan, I loved your ice cream on Google+ so came to visit your beautiful blog. Love your recipes, your photos, your stories of Alaska! I'm from Vancouver Island so I'm a big salmon fan as well. This burger looks fantastic and I will definitely be trying it this summer. I'll be looking forward to your future recipes!

Megan

Sunday 29th of June 2014

Hi Robyn, Thank you so much! I'm happy to connect with you! ;) Megan