I'm always trying to come up with healthier, quicker and lighter alternatives for dinner. Frozen salmon is one of my favorite things to cook because it's economical, quick to make and tastes delicious! Baking frozen salmon fillets for healthy Salmon Fillet Burgers is a simple way to enjoy them.
Made with frozen salmon fillets, a spicy mayo and skinny coleslaw, these salmon burgers are also Weight Watchers friendly, kid friendly and make a great lunch or dinner!
Kids, including my own, don't always love fish. However, this is a great burger with fish for kids. My kids love this flavorful sandwich and actually get excited when they find out these healthy salmon burgers are on deck for dinner!
Although these homemade salmon burgers are made with a fillet and not a salmon patty, I still consider it a burger because it's a savory thing between a bun. The best part is that it's really simple: you just bake the salmon in the oven (or in the air fryer) with some soy sauce, ginger and sesame seeds, then add sriracha mayonnaise as a condiment.
But the crowning glory is my Skinny Coleslaw! You can use any coleslaw, but trust me, you'll want to use this one. I created this coleslaw specifically for this salmon burger, so they are a perfect pairing! And it's ZERO (0 points) on the WW blue plan!
For this salmon fillet burger recipe, you'll need a few simple ingredients:
- frozen salmon fillets (preferably skinless salmon fillets)
- soy sauce
- fresh ginger
- sesame seeds
- thin buns
- sriracha mayonnaise (see Top Tip)
- Skinny Coleslaw recipe
See recipe card for quantities.
Oven method: Preheat oven as per frozen salmon package directions (usually 400 degrees - 450 degrees F/205 degrees C) and spray 9x13 baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. *Do not thaw salmon
Divide soya sauce, ginger and sesame seeds between all 4 salmon fillets and bake as per directions on package (usually about 15 minutes)
Air fryer method: Divide soya sauce, ginger and sesame seeds between all 4 salmon fillets *Do not thaw salmon
Cook from frozen in air fryer on 400 degrees F (or 205 degrees C) for 15-17 minutes (the smaller pieces will be ready at 15 minutes). *This may vary with different air fryers. I have a Ninja Foodi 2 drawer 8 qt.
For the best flavor, spread ¾ tablespoon of sriracha mayonnaise on each bun.
Remove skin (if present) and add cooked salmon fillet to one side of the bun, then top with ¼ cup coleslaw.
📖 Variations & Substitutions
- Salmon: You can bake, fry on the stove top or use the air fryer for this salmon burger. You can also grill the frozen salmon (just follow the package directions for grilling). Or you can use fresh salmon fillets instead of frozen salmon, if you prefer. You will just need to cook it for a shorter period of time.
- Buns: I also like to use the President's Choice thin multigrain buns, but they are a few more WW points, so you can use any bun you prefer.
- Sauce: If you don't like or want spicy mayo, you could use a Healthy homemade tartar sauce with fresh dill, if you prefer, or a store-bought tartar sauce. Or you could use a dijon mustard burger sauce.
- Add-ons: add on red onion (there are green onions in the coleslaw) jalapenos, tomatoes, pepperoncini, a lettuce leaf or any other toppings you like!
- Limes: you could substitute lemon juice for the lime
Sriracha Mayonnaise: You can buy sriracha mayonnaise, but if you want it lighter/WW friendly, you need to combine mayonnaise (3 tablespoon light/low-fat mayonnaise) with 2 teaspoon sriracha. Add more sriracha to your liking.
🥗 Side Dishes
What goes with salmon burgers?
- Quick Cucumber Kimchi
- homemade fries (in air fryer or baked) or Sweet Potato Fries
- mixed vegetables
- sliced red peppers or any vegetable sticks and Greek Yogurt Hummus (shown below)
You'll need a sharp knife, a cutting board, a baking sheet to make this in the oven or air fryer (affiliate link) to make this frozen salmon burgers recipe.
Store the salmon, sriracha mayonnaise, and coleslaw separately, all in their own airtight containers for up to 2 days.
👪 Serving Size
This salmon fillet burger makes 4 servings. However, you can half, double or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
These Weight Watchers Salmon Burgers are @ 8 WW points on my plan. They used to be less, but salmon is no longer a zero point food for me. You can further reduce the points by using a lighter bun and making your own sriracha mayonnaise (see Top Tip).
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
❔ Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, salmon burgers are healthy! But the salmon fillets are going to be healthier than a processed pre-made salmon burger patty that has fillers and preservatives . Salmon is high in protein, low in saturated fat, and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Yes, salmon is low in saturated fat and low-carb. Just be careful about the bun and add-ons. If you're following the Weigh Watchers program, salmon burgers are low WW points on most personal plans.
Salmon is lower in fat than beef and has the added bonus of omega fatty acids, which are great for brain development. Salmon is half the WW points of an equivalent amount of lean beef and healthier than a traditional burger.
So if you are looking for a quick, easy and delicious burger or healthy salmon recipe, these Healthy Salmon Burgers are a great choice!
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📋 Salmon Fillet Burger Recipe
- lime wedge
- Oven: Preheat oven as per frozen salmon package directions (usually 400 degrees - 450 degrees F) and spray 9x13 baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. *Do not thaw salmon
- Divide soya sauce, ginger and sesame seeds between all 4 salmon fillets and bake as per directions on package (usually about 15 minutes)
- Air fryer: Divide soya sauce, ginger and sesame seeds between all 4 salmon fillets *Do not thaw salmonCook from frozen in air fryer on 400 degrees F (or 205 degrees C) for 15-17 minutes (the smaller pieces will be ready at 15 minutes). *This may vary with different air fryers. I have a Ninja Foodi 2 drawer 8 qt.
- Spread ¾ tablespoon of sriracha mayonnaise on each bun
- Remove skin and add cooked salmon fillet to one side of the bun, then top with ¼ cup coleslaw.
- Serve with a wedge of lime, if desired (I like to squirt a little lime juice over the fillet)