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.

Deborah Harroun, the author of Taste and Tell, and she is the mother of 3 and a wife of 7 years. Deborah believes that everyone can cook, and that family mealtime is one of the most important parts of the day. When she's not in the kitchen, she enjoys traveling and taking thousands of pictures of her kids

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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