today we’re talking cajun salmon burgers, also known as, “why didn’t anyone tell me dinner could be so easy?!”
there isn’t even any binder – just salmon, scallions, lime zest, and spices. with the exception of the lime zest, you could mix up a big batch of the cajun spice mix and keep it in the cupboard, ready to make cajun salmon burgers in under 5 minutes.
or, better yet, make and cook a big batch of these burgers and then toss them in the freezer for super fast meals. (“hi, my name is kate and my freezer is full of cajun salmon burgers from various rounds of recipe testing.”)
when i first saw this recipe, i was intrigued because the burgers don’t have any binder (bread crumbs, flour, etc.) and i wasn’t sure how they would hold together. my previous experience with (asian) salmon burgers included oats to help everything hold together.
oooor maybe just because the original source i adapted that recipe from liked oats, because it turns out we totally don’t need them to hold the burgers together. the burgers stick together perfectly well using… salmon!
about one quarter of the salmon takes a quick spin in the food processor to form salmon paste (sorry, but that’s the best word for it). then the rest of the salmon goes in for just a moment to get all combined with some of the spices. from there, it’s just forming and cooking the patties.
in terms of prep time, i’m pretty sure pulling all of the spices out of the cabinet is the most time-consuming step (unless you took my suggestion to make a big batch of the cajun spice mixture, in which case the most time consuming step is… slicing two scallions?).
that said, if you want healthy meals that can be ready *even faster*, these cajun salmon burgers are totally meal prep compatible/freezer friendly. i precooked mine so that i wouldn’t have to mess with that later, but, taking a page out of trader joe’s frozen circles playbook, you could also form these into really thin (about 1 cm) patties and freeze them raw, with waxed paper between the layers. since you made them thin, they would cook quickly once you took them out of the freezer without needing to be defrosted first. choices!
regardless of how much prep you do now to save your future self time, i do hope your very soon self gets to try these cajun salmon burgers, because it turns out dinner can be both simple AND delicious, at least when it’s these burgers.
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