Salmon Wasabi Burgers

Salmon Wasabi Burgers are perfect if you adore spicy food, and enjoy the pungent, hot taste of wasabi and ginger. I make these spicy burgers with wild caught salmon and just a few other healthy ingredients, and serve them sans buns. When I do need a bun, I use lettuce or other greens as a serving vehicle for my burger recipes, and find that crispy Romaine lettuce works especially well. Boston, or bibb lettuce also works superbly for this purpose.

Using greens in place of high-carb bread is a win-win in my book. Of course, I could make hamburger buns using almond flour or coconut flour, however, I’ve been in the habit of using healthy vegetables as buns for so long that I really don’t see the point. Further, lettuce buns are great at holding loads of condiments up against a burger. And I love smothering my burgers in condiments. These salmon cakes however, need no condiments as the spicy wasabi is already inside them, along with cilantro, scallion, and lime!

I serve these Salmon Wasabi Burgers with my Asian Cole Slaw recipe, the flavor combination is absolutely fabulous, and this is how I depicted these fish burgers in the photo above!

Salmon Wasabi Burgers

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Servings 4



  • Rinse salmon, pat dry, and cut into ¼-inch cubes.
  • In a large bowl, combine salmon, ginger, scallions, cilantro, eggs, lime juice, almond flour, and salt
  • In a small bowl, combine wasabi powder and water to form a paste
  • Mix wasabi paste into salmon mixture
  • Form batter into 2-inch patties with your hands
  • Heat oil in a 9 inch skillet over medium high heat
  • Sauté patties in batches until golden brown, 6-8 minutes per side
  • Serve
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 32 mins
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These burgers are very, very spicy. If you don’t like spicy food I would not recommend them. If you’re making them for small children, you may wish to experiment with omitting the wasabi altogether, or simply make my quick and easy Sesame Salmon Burger recipe instead.

In addition to serving these spicy salmon cakes with my Asian Slaw, I sometimes switch it up and pair them with my  Roasted Broccoli and Carrot Fries –which are two of my boys’ favorite recipes. What will you serve with this healthy salmon burger recipe?

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62 responses to “Salmon Wasabi Burgers”

  1. Looking at the keto crackers, the recipe calls for blanched almond flour. Why does it have to be blanched?

    • Paige, the recipe does not work with almond flour that is unblanched as it is a totally different product. Sort of like using whole wheat flour for a white wedding cake :-)

  2. This is a comment about the Southwestern Salmon Burgers, from the Almond Flour Cookbook. I tried these for the first time New Years 2020 weekend. We loved them. Like another subscriber about the Wasabi Salmon Burgers, we like spicy and so I added more of the spices — chipotle and cumin — to the mix. But I also let the salmon marinate overnight. The fish was more southwestern and there was another benefit: the burgers held together really well in the frying pan. That was bonus and I will do this for all burgers.

  3. Yum!!!! So, we must like spicy because we didn’t think it was spicy enough. **I did just add half the wasabi paste. Next time, will add the full recommended amount and I’m sure it will be perfect. Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!

  4. I’m having a hard time finding wasabi powder in my stores. Would using store bought wasabi paste work just as well?

    • Jeanette, I haven’t tried that so not sure. If you click the highlighted link in the ingredients portion of the recipe you will be able to purchase that ingredient :-)

  5. These burgers are incredible. Thank you! I served between lettuce and used your guacamole recipe to serve with a dollop. Incredible. I plan on making weekly. Thank you for all your amazing recipes.

  6. FYI: While we love a collagen egg, that replacement DOES NOT work to hold these babies together! Still a good recipe, but as an egg-intolerant family, these became salmon lettuce cups. We’ll add to the rotation though. Thanks for a nice new twist on salmon nights!

    • Dara, thanks for your comment! I haven’t tried making these with frozen salmon so not sure if that will work :-)

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