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Salmon Burgers with Hoisin Sauce and Spicy Slaw

These burgers are so delicious and wholesome. They'll be the perf addition to your weeknight meal roster!

Quarantine was challenging in more ways than one, but one beautiful thing that came out of it, besides being able to spend so much time bonding as a new family, was being able to create new recipes every single day, grow and strengthen my skills as a home cook, and fall even more in love with cooking as I fed our family. I mean, TBH, it wasn’t really an option given the circumstances, but for someone who loves creating in the kitch and spreading love through food, it was something that brought me immense joy, inspiration, and a sense of calm in chaotic times.

What resulted from that period is a plethora of recipes that I continue to roll out and be inspired by as time goes on, like these Salmon Burgers with Hoisin Sauce and Spicy Apple Slaw.

I am a firm believer in striving to zone in on the good, even throughout the worst of times. This recipe is a happy memory because it was created for my family and we all enjoyed it together. John loves these burgers and Cecily enjoys picking on the patties. I’m excited to spread this love from our kitchen to yours now, too.

If you make either of these recipes, be sure to tag @threebirdsonestove so I can see your delicious meal and how you enjoyed it in your own home. Just another beautiful way cooking brings us together.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


For the Slaw:

1 (12 oz) bag prepared slaw

1 medium sized apple, cut into cubes

1 shallot, thinly sliced

2/3 cup mayo

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 cup nuts, whole or roughly chopped (I prefer pecans and walnuts)

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon chili flakes (adjust to your heat preference)

Kosher salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Burgers:

1 (14.75 oz) can wild caught salmon, drained until as dry as possible with liquid reserved on the side

1 shallot, finely chopped

1/2 cup almond meal

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 eggs

Kosher salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 large buns

1 tablespoon butter

4 tablespoons hoisin sauce


For the Slaw:

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow to sit for at least half an hour for best flavor and texture. In the meantime, prep burgers.

For the Burgers:

  1. Place drained salmon in a medium bowl.

  2. Add the shallot, almond meal, olive oil, and eggs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Mix until evenly combined. If it seems dry to form patties, add reserved liquid one teaspoon at a time. The patties should be slightly heavier and more moist than the texture of a crab cake.

  4. Form 4 patties and place aside.

  5. Slice the buns in half and coat the inside of each with butter. Toast on pan over low-medium heat until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to individual plates or platter.

  6. Coat each side of the buns with ½ tablespoon hoisin sauce. Place a burger on each bun bottom. Top with desired amount of slaw and serve warm with a side of crispy Sweet Potato Chips!

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