Mini Salmon Burger BLT with Jalapeño Mayo

Mini Salmon Burger BLT

I have a thing for salmon burgers-they’re light and flavorful, easy to make and a nice change from your traditional ground beef burgers. They can work wonders to brighten up any mundane day (they sure do for me). These Mini Salmon Burger BLTs with Jalapeño Mayo make great finger food in the summer, by a pool, with a cocktail. There’s just something about mini food items isn’t there?

Ingredients

5 slices quality thick-cut bacon, cut in half

for the salmon patties:
2 cups wild salmon, cooked, chilled, flaked
2 cups Panko bread crumbs, plus ½ to ¾ cup for forming
½ cup green onions, minced
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
4 eggs
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
2 tablespoons jalapeños, canned or fresh, minced
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup sesame seeds
extra-virgin olive oil for frying

for the sauce:
2 teaspoons jalapeños, canned
or fresh, minced
½ cup mayonnaise

for the burgers:
10 slider buns or brioche rolls, toasted if desired split
crisp lettuce leaves
thinly sliced tomato
thinly sliced onion

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Cook the bacon on a rack-lined baking sheet until crisp, about 15 minutes. Drain on a paper-towel lined plate.

make the patties: In a large bowl, combine salmon, 2 cups bread crumbs, onions and cilantro. Whisk together eggs, lime juice, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, jalapeño, sugar and salt. Combine with salmon mixture. Form mixture into ten patties; (⅓-cup each) packing each firmly. Press them into the remaining bread crumbs and sesame seeds. Place in freezer until just firm, about 20 minutes.

make the sauce:
In a small bowl, stir together jalapeños and mayonnaise.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add salmon patties two at a time; cook until browned on both sides, turning carefully. Transfer the cakes to a plate.

Place the burgers on the roll bottoms and top with the bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion. Spread the roll tops with the sauce and place on the burgers.

Makes 10 patties

Variation
Make larger cakes using a ½ cup measuring cup (makes six) and use regular sized buns.

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