Salmon Burgers with a Garlic Aioli

Luckily for me, I live a train ride away from New York City. So I frequently visit with my friends- our agenda almost every time we visit we visit an art museum (we need to visit all of the before we turn 17 and we have to pay), a park, ICE CREAM, and a restaurant that we’ve heard of on instagram or a travel blog. Recently we traveled to the Whitney Museum of Art, then visited the Highline, and then seeked out Chelsea Market to have lunch. In Chelsea Market there was a restaurant called The Lobster Place. I ordered a salmon burger and then watched businessmen and women eat whole lobsters while wearing suits and chuckled a little as a waited for my order. As soon as we got our food, we found a nice spot on the Highline and chowed down. Now there are two possible scenarios that could’ve happened:

(1)we could’ve been so hungry that anything tasted good at that moment (2)the food could’ve just been that good, or (3) a combination of 1 and 2.

They made a salmon burger with seasonings! It had flavor! The salmon was so fresh. It was so delicious. So I decided to remake it because it was just that good. It was so good that I can still remember it even though I had it over 3 weeks ago.

I remember the green onions (or scallions as other people call them) and diced red peppers.

They had also sold the salmon patties in the store, but I couldn’t walk around Manhattan with fresh seafood for 5 hours. But these look pretty similar to their product!

I suggest that you use wild salmon whenever possible because it has less toxins in the fat, there aren’t any added colors, and its overall better for you! And better for the oceans and whales and everyone in general.

Also on the sandwich was a garlic aioli. I found out after research was just a really fancy way to say garlic mayonnaise. I don’t even really like garlic. But this sauce was so good that I didn’t even care. Or I cared and the burger was just so good that I overlooked it. It’s like someone you love. You can overlook someone wearing plaid and polka dots if you love them.

I was so excited to make these burgers that I made my own hamburger buns because we didn’t have any let at home. I didn’t have any charcoal so I pan fried the burgers. I didn’t have lettuce but I had spinach. So many obstacles were being thrown my way but I dodged them all and became victorious!

SALMON BURGERS WITH A GARLIC AIOLI

makes 4-5 burgers depending on size

Ingredients:

For salmon burgers:

  • about 1 pound of salmon (use wild caught salmon it’s better for you!)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • a little over 1/4 cup of red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • generous dash of seasoning salt
  • generous dash of black pepper
  • dash of cumin

For garlic aioli:

  • 1/4 cup mayo (or vegenaise)
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely diced
  • generous dash of black pepper
  • lemon juice from 1/4 of a lemon

Instructions:

  1. Take your salmon and with a sharp knife, dice it into cubes as if you were making a tuna tartare (if you know what that is). Dice the salmon, turn your knife the other way, dice, turn your knife back the other way, dice again…After dicing for a while the salmon will start to resemble ground meat. You could also use a food processor to do this but I was afraid of over chopping my salmon and making it too tough.
  2. Combine the salmon, egg white, bread crumbs, pepper, green onions, and seasonings in a bowl and mix to combine. Form them into patties. Be careful not to make the patties to thick, or else they will cook on the outside but not on the inside. Also be careful not to make them too big, because then they are also more likely to break.
  3. Place some olive oil/ nonstick spray in a hot skillet, and place in the patties. You want to cook them until they are golden and crispy on the outside but cooked through, about 4-5 minutes on each side on low heat. If you use high heat, you will cook the outside too fast and leave the middle raw. Be careful not to cook them for too long or else the burger will dry out. Keep in mind that salmon cooks pretty quickly.
  4. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix together the mayo, garlic, black pepper, and lemon juice.
  5. Spread the aioli on a toasted hamburger bun, add spinach/lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, whatever else your heart desires, and serve!

Assume the proper burger consuming stance and enjoy!

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