My parents were on a strict budget when I was growing up. My dad worked in a cream cheese factory, and his salary needed to feed my mom, sister, grandpa and myself. I still cannot stomach some of the processed, cheap foods that we ate. Hamburger Helper was a staple meal and we ate it almost three times a night. Not only would we eat the regular beef stroganoff, but also the cheesy enchilada, and mexican versions. Another three nights we would eat chicken with stuffing, instant potatoes or rice. Spaghetti, and Mac n’ Cheese were also classic meals. I know now that my parents had to choose between eating healthy, and eating at all. Luckily I was able to get food, instead of going hungry at all.
I remember my dad making this recipe one spring afternoon, before my sister and I went off to dance class. The thought of putting salmon into a burger just mystified me. At dinner that night, I just loved this meal. The dish was something different than the usual Hamburger Helper or Chicken and sides. I like this recipe because it includes zero sugars and carbs. Another good thing about this recipe is the cost! You could feed the whole family for less than $2.00. Just be careful. Because the salmon is canned, there is a high sodium amount.
There are lots of different ways you could serve this dish. I included my own thoughts below the recipe, but if you have any additional ideas on how to serve the dish, please tell me in the comments below.
My Daddy’s Salmon Burgers
- 2 cans of Wild Caught pink Salmon (14oz)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbs butter
- 1 tsp red pepper (optional)
- 1 clove of garlic (optional)
Mix salmon, eggs and spices in a mixing bowl until everything is combined evenly. Heat up frying pan and allow butter to caramelize. While butter is melting, create patties about 2 inches in diameter and about a half inch thick. You should be able to make about 8 patties with the mixture. Place patties in butter and allow to fry until the bottom turns crispy brown. This should take about 5 minutes. Be careful not to touch the patties too much because they can break apart easily in this stage. Flipping these patties are a lot like flipping pancakes. You will know they are ready to turn when the edges start to look done. Swiftly flip the patty over and allow to cook until the opposite side is equally done.
I like to top my patties with my Tomato Feta recipe. I could also see adding parmesan cheese and a tomato on top. Lastly, a cucumber yogurt sauce would be excellent on top! What do you think would go good on these?