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Harissa Spiced Salmon Burgers

Harissa Spiced Salmon Burgers

Add some spice in your life this summer season with these delicious and healthy Harissa Spiced Salmon Burgers!

These burgers can be enjoyed as a sandwich or alone on top of your favorite salad! If fish and meat are not your favorite, read on for my vegetarian chickpea burgers!

 

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Salmon burger patties ready for the grill! While cooking aim at an internal temp of 145 degrees Farenheit to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

 

Delicious Salmon Burgers

In place of the very popular beef burgers, why not try salmon, which is loaded with heart healthy unsaturated fats and protein? Lately, there has been a trend in consumption of bacon, butter, and coconut oil. Previously, I have talked about coconut milk and its source of MCT fats, but new reports from the American Heart Association suggest that excessive intakes of these fats are not beneficial to our health. In fact, consuming too much of these fats is linked to raising bad cholesterol, and may also make consumers miss out on nutritious fruits and vegetables, fish, and legumes. For more on the benefits of limiting saturated fats in our diet, click here.

Like the healthy salmon burgers described in this post, salmon naturally provides an excellent source of protein, B12, and Selenium.  As the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines suggest, aim for two servings of fish a week. For those that prefer vegetarian options, try legumes like chickpeas or black beans!  Adapted from my Vegetarian Chickpea Meatballs, check out below my recipe for Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers!

 

Spice it up with Harissa!

Harissa spice continues to be a trendy spice for good reason! This smoky, spicy flavor enhances any dish without the need for salt or other condiments.  I am talking to you, ketchup fans!  Harissa is most commonly seen in a paste, but also comes in a dried form. I previously used the paste version as a marinade on roasted cauliflower and fell in love with the spice! My recipes for both chickpea and salmon burgers include the dry form of harissa spice, and still provides an excellent flavor kick! So, whether you prefer the salmon or chickpea version, try it with harissa for an exciting new twist on your next burger! For more on the magical spice blend, harissa, click here.

 

 

Harissa Spiced Healthy Salmon Burgers

Harissa Spiced Healthy Salmon Burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 4-6 ounce skinless salmon fillets
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, largely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, low sodium preferred
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground harissa spice
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, leaves and stems chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large food processor, pulse together all ingredients except the parsley and scallions. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and the salmon achieves a pureed texture.
  2. Transfer the salmon burger mix into a large bowl and stir in the scallions and parsley to combine.
  3. Working with clean hands, form the burger mix into patties about 2" wide and 1" thick. Adjust the size based on your liking. Place on a clean plate.
  4. Whether using a grill or grill pan, cook the burgers on medium hot heat for 3-4 minutes each side. The internal temperature should reach at least 145 degrees Farenheit.
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Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers

Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 15 ounce can low sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground harissa spice
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley ,largely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large food processor, pulse all ingredients except the onion and parsley. Mix until all ingredients are blended thoroughly to a thick consistency. Add more oats or breadcrumbs if the mix is too watery. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the onions and parsley. Combine thoroughly and set aside.
  2. In a 10" cast iron skillet or large pan, heat oil on medium high heat (this can also be heated on top of a grill if using the cast iron skillet). With clean hands, shape the chickpea mixture into 2" patties and gently place on the pan. Cook for at least 3 minutes each side or until the middle is cooked through. Turn off the heat and serve hot.
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