Incredibly Easy Homemade Salmon Burgers in the Air Fryer

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Can you air fry salmon patties?

Have you ever tried an air fryer salmon burger? We aren’t huge fish lovers in our home, but oh boy! There are a couple of us who love a good and juicy salmon burger! Plus, salmon burgers are so simple to make in the air fryer!

Keep reading to learn how to make air fryer salmon burgers, air fryer salmon cakes, or air fryer salmon patties!

I’ve also included oven, stovetop, and grill instructions near the bottom of this post.

Are salmon burgers healthier than beef?

Salmon burgers are so flavorful and a great way to mix up your BBQ’s meat choices this summer! Don’t get me wrong, I love a juicy burger. But, here are a few reasons why salmon burgers rock!

  • Salmon is the preferred choice between the salmon and beef on low-fat and low-calorie diets. (source).
  • Salmon burgers are healthy! Salmon is high in protein, low in saturated fat, and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. (source).
  • Salmon can help you lose weight! Salmon is packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which your body can’t produce. (source).

In short, this is a great keto or low-carb recipe! Check out a few more keto recipes for the air fryer

Air Fryer Salmon Patties Recipe Ingredients

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The ingredients for this homemade salmon burger recipe are simple. To make this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 pound fresh salmon
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs (or panko)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions (or yellow onions or shallots)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Avocado oil cooking spray

Can I use canned salmon?

This recipe is so much better with fresh salmon instead of canned salmon. But, if canned salmon is your only choice, you can use it too!

If you are having trouble keeping the patty together, you may want to try adding an egg to help the ingredients stick together.

Additionally, canned salmon is already cooked, so the cooking time may be shorter than written.

I haven’t personally tried this recipe with canned salmon, so if you end up using canned salmon share with us in the comments below how it went for you!

How do you make homemade salmon burgers?

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Homemade salmon patties are also really easy to make! The tools you need to make homemade salmon patties are:

  • a food processor or hand blender
  • an air fryer
  • a baking sheet or cookie sheet

Then, follow these simple steps to make the salmon patties:

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1. Remove any skin and pin bones from salmon, then chop into 1/4-inch pieces. Transfer 1/4 of the salmon pieces to a food processor. Place remaining salmon in a large bowl.

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2. Add mustard, mayonnaise, and lemon juice to the food processor. Pulse until a thick paste forms. Transfer mixture to the bowl with the remaining salmon. Mix in bread crumbs, scallions, and chili flakes until evenly combined.

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3. Form salmon mixture into 4 patties. Place on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Place in the freezer for 1 hour.

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How long do you cook salmon burgers in the air fryer?

When you are ready to cook your salmon patties in the air fryer.

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First, preheat an air fryer to 400F/200C.

Then, spray the air fryer basket with avocado oil.

To cook homemade salmon burgers in the air fryer, place the patties in the prepared basket and spray tops with avocado oil. Cook for 8 minutes at 400F/200C. Flip the patties, spray the tops again, and cook for 5 minutes more.

How do you know when air fryer salmon is done?

Salmon burgers will look done when the salmon chunks are no longer raw and the outsides are lightly browned to your liking.

What temperature should salmon burgers be cooked to?

More precisely, salmon burgers are done once they reach an internal temperature of 145F/63C on your instant read thermometer.

Download my FREE internal temperature guide so you never have to wonder if your meat, seafood, and baked goods are undercooked in the air fryer! 

How do I cook a frozen salmon burger from Costco?

You can also make frozen salmon burgers from Costco in your air fryer! Check out these different baking instructions for the air fryer, oven, stovetop, and grill.

PS- these cooking instructions are very similar or the same if you are using the homemade salmon patties.

How long do you cook frozen salmon burgers in the air fryer?

  1. Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400F/200C.
  2. Place the patties in the air fryer basket. Spray the tops with oil.
  3. Cook for 13-15 minutes in the air fryer at 375F/190C. Flip and spray the burgers again at the halfway point.

How long do you cook frozen salmon burgers in the oven?

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C.
  2. Place the patties on a lightly sprayed baking sheet.
  3. Cook for 18-20 minutes in the oven at 400F/200C, or until they come to temperature.

How long do you cook frozen salmon burgers on the stovetop?

  1. Heat a skillet with your favorite cooking oil or fat over medium-high heat.
  2. Once hot, place the frozen salmon patties on the skillet and cook each side for about 5 minutes, or until the patties come to temperature.

How long do you cook frozen salmon burgers on the grill?

  1. Preheat the grill to 350F/175C.
  2. Once hot, place the frozen salmon patties on the grill and cook each side for about 5 minutes, or until the patties come to temperature.

Serving Suggestions

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Enjoy these fresh salmon burgers at your next BBQ topped with burger classics of avocado, lettuce, toasted buns, fresh garden tomatoes, sautéed onions, and dill/pickles. Share with us in the comments what you like to top on your burgers!

Then, try these burgers with one of these side dishes!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you defrost salmon burgers before cooking?

No, you do not need to defrost salmon burgers before cooking unless your packaging instructions indicate otherwise.

Is it okay to eat slightly undercooked salmon?

If you eat undercooked salmon, you risk exposing yourself to being infected by a tapeworm. (source).

Is it okay for salmon to be pink in the middle?

Cooked salmon color inside will be an opaque pinkish white color on the outside and translucent pink on the inside.

If your fillet is still dark pink on the outside, it needs to cook more. If it has turned light, opaque pink on the inside it is overcooked. (source).

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Final Thoughts

Salmon burgers, salmon patties, or salmon cakes – however you’d like to call them – are a tasty summer burger variation that you need to try! Salmon burgers are not only healthy for you (especially if you want to loose weight), but are also so tasty and full of great flavor! I love the hint of lemon and the small kick from the red pepper flakes in this recipe!

Share with us in the comments below what you love about these salmon burgers!

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Air Fryer Salmon Burgers

Easy air fryer salmon burgers are delicious, keto friendly, and so healthy for you! Check out this recipe for homemade and frozen air fryer instructions!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh salmon
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons scallions chopped (or yellow onion or shallot)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • avocado oil cooking spray

Instructions

  • Remove any skin and pin bones from salmon, then chop into 1/4-inch pieces. Transfer 1/4 of the salmon pieces to a food processor. Place remaining salmon in a large bowl.
  • Add mustard, mayonnaise, and lemon juice to the food processor. Pulse until a thick paste forms. Transfer mixture to the bowl with the remaining salmon. Mix in bread crumbs, scallions, and chili flakes until evenly combined.
  • Form salmon mixture into 4 patties. Place on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Place in the freezer for 1 hour.
  • Preheat an air fryer to 400°F/200°C. Spray the air fryer basket with avocado oil.
  • Place burgers in the prepared basket and spray tops with avocado oil. Cook for 8 minutes. Spray tops again and cook for 5 minutes more. Salmon burgers are done once they reach an internal temperature of 145°F/63°C on your instant read thermometer.

Recipe Notes

Can I use canned salmon? 

This recipe is so much better with fresh salmon instead of canned salmon. But, if canned salmon is your only choice, you can use it too! If using canned salmon:
  • If you are having trouble keeping the patty together, you may want to try adding an egg to help the ingredients stick together. 
  • Additionally, canned salmon is already cooked, so the cooking time may be shorter than written. 
I haven't personally tried this recipe with canned salmon, so if you end up using canned salmon share with us in the comments how it went for you!

Salmon Burgers From Frozen Cooking Instructions

Note: the cooking instructions will be similar if you made the homemade patties. Use an instant read thermometer to gauge if your food is done. 

Air fryer instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400°F/200°C.
  2. Place the patties in the air fryer basket. Spray the tops with oil.
  3. Cook for 13-15 minutes in the air fryer at 375°F/190°C. Flip and spray the burgers again at the halfway point. 

Oven instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
  2. Place the patties on a lightly sprayed baking sheet.
  3. Cook for 18-20 minutes in the oven at 400°F/200°C, or until they come to temperature. 

Stovetop instructions

  1. Heat a skillet with your favorite cooking oil or fat over medium-high heat.
  2. Once hot, place the frozen salmon patties on the skillet and cook each side for about 5 minutes, or until the patties come to temperature. 

Grill instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to 350°F/175°C. 
  2. Once hot, place the frozen salmon patties on the grill and cook each side for about 5 minutes, or until the patties come to temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Recipe From: AllRecipes.com

Ingredients: Dijon Mustard, Lemon Juice, Mayonnaise, Panko, Red Chili Flakes, Salmon, Scallions
Meal Type: Main Dish, 4th of July, Easter, Fall, Father's Day, Spring, Summer, Winter, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Low Carb and Keto
Categories: BBQ, Sandwiches and Burgers, Seafood, Air Fryer, Grill, Oven, Stove Top

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