Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Salmon Burgers with Chipotle Aioli and Pineapple-Avocado Salsa - Salmon Fishing - Outdoor Wednesday






From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Oregon and salmon were made for each other. Each year hundreds of thousands of large Fall King (Chinook) Salmon migrate from the ocean to Oregon's rivers and the state becomes a fisherman's paradise. Most of the wild salmon that is purchased in Oregon actually comes from Alaska, but fortunate, indeed, is the family whose tree boasts a fisherman. The Fall Chinook can weigh upwards of 40 pounds and while there is a limit as to how many can be caught, the freezers of fisherman's wives are packed with gorgeous pink steaks and fillets. While those gals are ingenious when it comes to developing ways to cook the mighty king, I've chosen to share a recipe from a California chef that has a decided Southwestern flair. The burgers were developed by Jeffery Starr, who is the culinary director at Sutter Home Vineyards. Not a lot can go wrong with these. My only caution is not to over process the salmon. You want a mince not a paste. It helps to freeze the salmon cubes for an hour before you process them. The patties are topped with a lovely salsa. It's clean and fresh and simple to assemble. Add the avocado at the last minute to prevent browning. I hope you'll try these. They are really special.

Salmon Burgers With Chipotle Aioli and Pineapple-Avocado Salsa
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
Aioli
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1-1/2 teaspoons Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
Salsa
1/2 cup diced California avocado
1/4 cup diced pineapple
2 tablespoons diced roasted red bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1-1/2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
1-1/2 teaspoons minced serrano pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Burgers
1 egg
1/4 cup Chipotle Aioli (reserved from recipe above)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce
1-1/2 pounds skinless salmon fillet, finely chopped*
1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs, available in Asian markets) or fine, unseasoned dry bread crumbs
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
Vegetable oil
4 hamburger buns, split
4 leaves green leaf lettuce
8 California avocado slices (optional)

Directions:
1) To make aioli, whisk together all ingredients in large bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup for burger mixture; refrigerate remainder. To make salsa, combine all ingredients in large bowl. Refrigerate, covered.
2) To make burgers, in large bowl combine egg, reserved aioli, lime juice and Chipotle Pepper Sauce. Stir in salmon, bread crumbs, green onions, cilantro and salt. Form burger mixture into 4 patties. Chill patties at least 1 hour.
3) Brush a medium-hot grill lightly with oil. Grill salmon patties about 4 minutes or until browned on one side. Turn patties over and cook 4 minutes more or until just done. Grill buns on outer edge of grill. Spread cut sides of bottom halves with 1 tablespoon Chipotle Aioli, top each with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 burger, 1/4 cup Pineapple-Avocado Salsa, 2 avocado slices, if using, and top half of bun, cut side down. Yield: 4 servings

*Tip: To chop salmon, cut into 1-inch cubes; pulse in food processor until coarsely chopped. Do not overprocess.

This recipe is being linked to Outdoor Wednesday, an event sponsored by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

67 comments:

the ungourmet said...

I just love these! I bet they are are tasty as they are pretty!

Haden News said...

I love salmon and am always ready to try a new recipe. These look so good, thanks sharing!

susan said...

Now that is a new spin on salmon! We had grilled salmon on salad greens tonight and the first meal I ever cooked for my husband was salmon croquettes,mashed potatoes, and black eyed peas (His request..a simple man :) Fortunately his tastes have matured and branched out--he might go for this now! ps-I would LOVE to go salmon fishing!

Nancy Cook said...

I love living in the pacific northwest-we really do have the best food around, dont we? Salmon, blackberries, hazelnuts. I can't wait to try the salsa!

Becky K. said...

I really should try these.

My Mom used to make us salmon cakes.

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Martha said...

These look wonderful -- and I can't imagine fishing for salmon -- how wonderful!

Lynda said...

This is the ultimate salmon cake! Just the picture is making me hungry and I'm jealous that you have salmon in your rivers!

xinex said...

lOh wow! That looks so good, tha salsa looks so pretty too....Christine

Jeanne Selep said...

Your outdoor Wednesday posts always make me hungery! :)

bj said...

When I was growing up, my mother made Salmon Croquettes..I loved them so much. She would pat them out very thin and fry them crispy.
I have tried and tried to make them but the minute I open the can, I am a goner. Can't cook a bit after that. Too bad...Maybe Mr. Sweet would make them for me...:)

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

I smile each time I stop to visit you. You always make my tummy grumble.

Love salmon!! YUM

If you get a minute I would always enjoy you stopping.

TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

My Little Space said...

Oh yum, I would like this in my camping trip! ha ha...

Regina said...

Thanks for sharing another great post.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

That looks fantastic! What a great way to use your salmon bounty.
Love the fishing photo too, Oregon sounds so beautiful.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Love salmon so these would be right up my alley. The chipotle aioli sounds perfect for the burgers along with the fruit salsa, which we love. My kind of meal.
Sam

Amy said...

your photography is just beautiful! You can almost taste it!

Terry said...

Mary,
You always have such a great recipe to go with your photos. I just love your blog.

Tess said...

Yummy!!! your salmon looks soooooooo delicious! the shot is so alive, fresh and just mouth watering. And thanks for the recipe.

Cathy said...

Yummm, I can think of many uses for the delicious aioli and salsa recipes. Salmon burgers are a favorite here. A great combo, Mary.

Selba said...

The burgers is really mouth-watering!

Susan said...

We love salmon burgers. This might be a great new recipe to try. Thanks.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

Wonderful perspective on the first shot. I do luv salmon and your post makes me wonder if eating lunch for breakfast is permissible??? It's just 6:57am in Southern California.
Hugs and blessings,

Gaby said...

these look fantastic - I love how colorful they are!

Riet said...

LOvely pictures and I love that recipe.
Have a nice day

Pam said...

Hi Mary, Well you tempted me again to try something new. I have never had salmon, but I figure I should try it...
I have just one question, does the fishermen come with the recipe:D ??

Maryrose said...

We love salmon and this recipe looks delicious. Your fisherman looks very skilled, that is a great shot.
Lucky for you to have someone bring home the salmon.
I get to come to Oregon for the long weekend and I can't wait.
Happy Outdoor Wednesday
Maryrose

Bridgett said...

You had me at chipotle aioli..... so yummy!

Tammy518 said...

This looks positively scrumptious!

Carla said...

WOW! Beautiful new take on salmon burger:)

Euroangel said...

lots of yummy stuffs here..you seems to be cooking a lot...love it!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Salmon patties are my favorite way to eat salmon.

Pam said...

You always have the best recipes. Thanks for inspiring me with all your ideas.

stefanie said...

wow, forty pounds, thats alot of fillets, have a wonderful day

Miller Racing Family said...

I must say that I always love visiting you on OW. You always have great photos and even better recipes. Thanks for being such a blessing!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This looks so good, Mary! We love salmon!

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

These look mouth-watering delicious... partly because it sounds like a wonderful recipe and partly because of your beautiful photography. You are a true food stylist.

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

That looks like an amazing recipe! Thanks so much for stopping by so I could find your blog. You have a new follower!

Brenda Leyland said...

Yum! Glad I found YOU!

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment about the berries and kitten photos.

I'm planning on adding your link to my own food blog (I'm trying to gather my favourite recipes in one place)........ so I'll come and visit again!

Happy Eating!

Florida Sue said...

These do sound wonderful Mary. I made the maple glazed boneless turkey thighs for my family while here in Canada, and they were a big hit. It is amazing how many of your recipes have become part of my repertoire!
XOSue

Olga said...

omg, if the taste is as amazing as the photo, this must have been one awesome meal!

LADYHIGHTOWER said...

My mouth is watering! Looks yummy!

Julie said...

Oh my goodness! I'm going to have to follow your blog for all the delicous looking recipes!!! thanks for visiting. Thanks for your great post.

Charlotte said...

I love salmon and salmon croquettes are one of my hubby's favorite foods. Although I love salmon, I have to say that chocolate dessert in the last post looks even better. LOL
Charlotte

SmilingSally said...

Oh my! Does that fill the bill!

ellen b. said...

Hi Mary! What a great fishing shot and those salmon burgers look really good. The salsa is calling my name! Have a great week...

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I love salmon burgers, but can't find them on the menu here in Florida. (Just another reason I miss California.)

I've been wanting to try making my own and you have again inspired me. Thanks for the freezing tip.

My son was able to go salmon fishing while in Alaska on a photo shoot. The charter processed everything they caught and sent it to his home in California. See, I should have told him to send some to me!

BTW, Thanks for your nice comments today on my post, those are the ones that keep me spending so much time researching some of my topics. :)

LV said...

You make me so hungry. These really sound mouth watering. I love salmon and avocados. You must be a wonderful cook. Wish I lived to get your leftovers.

Barb said...

Oh my sweet fella loves salmon. I'll have to tell him aobut this.

OK, name of mysterious plant is "miniature sagebrush". Just as you suggested. =0)

blessings,

Barbara jean

Rita said...

Wow! All your recipes are great. But i love salmon and this recipe is so good I am going to copy it right now and make them for tomorrow's dinner. Thanks!!

noble pig said...

I bet these taste so, so good! Beautiful colors too!

Lemondrop Marie said...

WOW- I can't face my depressing looking dinner after than gorgeous treat! Fabulous!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your are right about it being fresh. The pictures and ingredients are fantastic. i am craving a king of burgers right now.

girlichef said...

This looks delicious...I wish we could fish in the oceans around here! We have lakes, but it's seems so different! I definitely want to try my hand at salmon burgers soon...and with chipotle..yum!

Trish said...

I have never made salmon burgers from scratch. But I have the ingredients...every last one of them. So I must try these for sure..no excuse!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Mary! Thank you for stopping by my blog and welcoming me to Outdoor Wednesday.
Wow, these burgers look awesome! I have been trying to work more salmon into our menu and this looks like just the recipe for me! Thank you for posting it!

jeanne said...

Mary, this is such a terrific post today, and I love your photos too. We adore salmon and everything in your recipe. I happen to have avocados right now. All I need is some of the Oregon salmon. We had salmon steaks just this week. I wonder if canned salmon could work???
I know, horrors!! BIG smile here.

Love your posts and your visits to my blog too.

Hugs...Jeanne

Mary said...

Jeanne, you didn't hear this from me, right :-). A good canned salmon will work. The burger will have a different texture, but the aioli and salsa really help it along. You can also use frozen salmon. Thanks so much for stopping by.

bake in paris said...

Delicious salmon burger, it is time to try make it on my own. Thanks for sharing!

Regards
Kris

Mary said...

Kris, I'm so glad you stopped by. I hope you'll visit with us often.

daylily777 said...

Hi, If it tastes as good as it looks , then it is superb. I just wish you could email samples .lol Thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet comment.
~Myrna

Debinhawaii said...

I love a good salmon burger--what a great combo of flavors!

Katy ~ said...

The quintessential salmon cake! Oh my! Exquisite.

Lori said...

Oh my, that sounds delicious.

How neat to be fly fishing for salmon. What a thrill.

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Mary!!

I have been meaning to come by!! Thanks for visiting and leaving me comments. I have taken a look around and I love your blog!!

This sounds like a wonderful dish. Looking at the toppings, I am sure that I have had variations of it in some of the nicer restaurnts we have eaten at. I like a nice homemade salsa on lots of lighter meats~fish and chicken...this salsa sounds wonderful. I will definitely try it, I am not a great cook when it comes to fish, but I trust you!! lol!!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!!

xoxo
Jane

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, my! Those look so good! And pineapple-avocado salsa too? Too yummy!!

Chef Fresco said...

What an awesome meal! I love everything about it!!

buttoni said...

Your recipe was shared on LowCarbFriends (with link back credit) and I just wanted to tell you I can't WAIT to try these! My husband doesn't like salmon much (tho I do) and I think the many flavors going on in this dish might just make this dish acceptable to him. Would love to be able to add more salmon entrees to our food plan. Thanks so much and I look forward to getting some salmon to give these a go!

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