TJ’s (fresh) SALMON BURGERS


Maybe your fish-hating kids will eat fish if you can disguise it as a burger!?

“Made with Norwegian farm raised salmon” Bake, pan fry or broil. Ingredients – Salmon, parmesan, panko breadcrumbs

Trader Joe’s uncooked SALMON BURGERS are in the fresh fish refrigerated section. They come packaged on a tray with vacuum wrapped plastic tightly covering the two burgers. The burger are quite soft, and removing them from the packaging was tricky without breaking them. I ended up carefully cutting around the plastic wrap with a sharp knife till they were free. They kind of wanted to fall apart on me just trying to get them out, so I ended up sliding a spatula under each one to lift it out. So be warned, they will fall apart if you’re not careful. Frankly if this was my recipe, I would have put egg in the mixture with a bit more binder (bread crumbs / panko….hmm, that may not be a bad idea, I may do exactly that next time and re-shape them.) I am guessing TJ’s wants you to see they are mostly all fish with little binder, however in this type of fish burger, binder does in reality help keep things together.

“Cook 4-5 minutes, flip and cook another 4 minutes or to desired done-ness.”

I cooked these pan fried in a tablespoon of butter, first dusting them with some more panko breadcrumbs. I found these a bit under seasoned so I would give them a hit of salt and pepper. I could not taste Parmesan cheese though it’s listed as an ingredient, probably as a binder.

We ate these salmon burger patties on a toasted hamburger bun. They were good. I put some Tzaziki sauce on them but realized what I should have actually used: TJ’s Tartar Sauce – Of course that would match with these! I will get some next time. These were good on a bun but they might be equally good without the bread just served on their own with some sauce and some sides (rice, potatoes, veggies…). They really do need a bit of some sauce to liven them up, and TJ’s tartar sauce should match perfectly with these.

Two salmon patties are $6.29, or about 3 each. I would buy these again. SHOPPING suggestions: Salmon burgers, buns, tartar sauce, lemons, soft greens for garnish.

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