Salmon Burgers with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

Cover Recipe- Everyday Food Light, Salmon Burgers with Yogurt-Dill Sauce: Copyright 2011

Cover Recipe- Everyday Food Light, Salmon Burgers with Yogurt-Dill Sauce: Copyright 2011

I have a fairly extensive collection of cookbooks. I love to collect them, but to be honest, I don’t always cook from a lot of them. In fact, probably 90% of them sit on the shelves, only to be brought out once every year or so. But I do have a small group of cookbooks that are my go-tos. The ones that I will always pull out when I need some dinner inspiration or a no-fail recipe. I’m hoping to add Everyday Food: Light to that mix.

I first fell in love with Everyday Food: Great Food Fast many years ago and have cooked many, many recipes from it. And since I’m trying to shed the last of the baby weight, I thought I’d give the Light version a try.

I have to admit – I was drawn to the cover with this Salmon Burger with Yogurt-Dill Sauce before I even knew what it was. When I opened up the book and found out it was fish, I was actually pleasantly surprised. I have been trying to incorporate more fish into our meals, and I knew this would be a great way to change up burger night. Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.


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Salmon Burgers with Yogurt-Dill Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 20 min


1 lb skinless salmon filet, finely diced
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 scallions, trimmed and finely sliced
2 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh dill
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
romaine lettuce, for serving


1. Heat the broiler with the rack 4 inches from the heat. In a bowl, combine the salmon, horseradish, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg, scallions and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper and stir lightly with a fork.

2. Form the mixture into 4 patties and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Place under the broiler and cook until no longer opaque, 6-7 minutes. Do not turn.

3. Meanwhile, combine the yogurt and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the burgers on the buns, topped with the yogurt-dill sauce and romaine lettuce.


*I found that it was easiest to form the mixture into a patty while on the baking sheet because the mixture was too wet to handle.
*I substituted Greek yogurt for the regular yogurt and I liked that it was a little thicker.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 burger
Calories per serving: 332
Fat per serving: 11.2g
Saturated Fat per serving: 2.2g
Fiber per serving: 3.8g
Protein per serving: 30.1g
Carbohydrates per serving: 28.3g

The results:

The salmon burgers were full of flavor, although I do think that they could have elaborated on the recipe a little bit more. I wish I would have cut the salmon into even smaller pieces, and there is no way that you could have made actual patties with the mixture – it was much too wet. I ended up just dividing the mixture into fourths, putting it on the baking sheet, and forming them on the baking sheet. And I had a hard time telling when they were done and probably cooked them a minute or two too long. But they really did taste good – both my husband and I really enjoyed them. I think that this is a great way to switch up fish and to keep it healthy.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

I don’t think this is the best recipe I’ve ever tried, but they really were delicious. I’m neither here nor there on if they really should have been on the cover, but I would probably make them again.

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

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6 Responses to “Salmon Burgers with Yogurt-Dill Sauce”

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    Joanne — May 9, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    I love being able to incorporate light and tasty meals into our diets and having a cookbook that’s full of recipes like that sounds like a godsend! I do hate it when burgers just won’t come together though. Arrgh!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — May 9, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    Okay, so it’s totally interesting that you reviewed this one… because I made it last year and considered sharing it here on Culinary Covers! I actually didn’t like this recipe at all. As you mentioned, it was tough to get the mixture to stick together into patties and it was very mushy! I didn’t like the flavor either- ended up throwing the whole thing out. I’m glad you got better results out of it!

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    Faith — May 10, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    We eat a lot of salmon and I’m always looking for new ways to make it. Salmon burgers are a lot of fun as a switch up from both the normal burger routine and the normal salmon routine. I think I might try tweaking this recipe a bit!

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    Tieghan — May 21, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    YUM!! I love these burgers! Perfect for a healthy summer meal

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    The Healthy Apple — May 22, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    These look great! We love making salmon burgers in the summer. Can’t wait to try these. Thanks Lori!

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    Tracy — June 30, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    You didn’t know salmon was fish?

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