Lemon & Spinach Salmon Patties

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Enjoy these delicious lemon and spinach salmon patties, made with fresh ingredients for a flavorful and healthy meal option.

Have you ever come across something on Pinterest that stopped you in your tracks? The other day as I was searching through I saw a recipe for a salmon burger that made me stop, stare and drool (just a little). I'm not a big recipe follower, even when I'm trying something for the first time. So?I did a quick search for salmon burgers and came up with a few ideas for what to put into mine. I combined parts from at least three different recipes to come up with mine, along with throwing in some of my own ideas. And from that, these beautiful patties were born.?

I've always been intrigued by making recipes for meals like crab cakes or salmon patties. It's one of those things I've always ordered in restaurants, thinking it was too difficult to make on my own. That feeling usually lasts for a little until I decide that I just need to try it and see what happens. I've ruined only a few meals in my three years of cooking (after getting married and no longer having a campus meal plan), so I guess the whole try it and see thing seems to work for right now.

A plate with a Lemon & Spinach Salmon Patties and a salad on it.

I think the best part about these patties is how light they are but really filling. Especially right now being pregnant, it's a struggle to find meals that fill me up but don't make me full to the point of feeling sick. So light and filling meals are definitely a must for me!

A plate with crab cakes, lemon, and salad on it.

I've also been growing to like salads since my family likes eating them so frequently. We actually call my mom the salad queen because she almost always has a fancy salad thrown together for dinner. There are no boring salads around here!

A white plate with Lemon & Spinach Salmon Patties elegantly plated alongside a salad and a burger.

If you've never made anything like a salmon patty before, you have to try these. I promise they are so easy and delicious and should give you a boost of confidence in trying out new recipes! If you're nervous about trying a new recipe or technique, don't try it for the first time when you're having guests over or pressed for time. Save it for a weekend afternoon when you can take your time and feel confident.

A plate with lemon salmon patties and spinach salad on it.

If you've never eaten or tried making salmon patties, I highly recommend it. After looking at these photos again, I'll definitely be making this recipe again really soon!?Throw a few of these patties on top of a bed of fresh spinach salad with your favorite toppings. For this meal, we used avocados and a mixed packet of seeds and nuts.

Have you ever tried salmon patties? What are your favorite ingredients to add in?

A plate with crab cakes, lemon, and salad on it.

Lemon & Spinach Salmon Patties

Try our flavorful salmon pattie recipe featuring a blend of fresh or canned salmon, quinoa, spinach, and aromatic herbs. These patties are bound together with egg and seasoned with garlic, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and a zesty touch of lemon juice, creating a delicious and nutritious dish that's both easy to make and satisfying.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen


For salmon patties

  • ¼ onion
  • ½ cup dried quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup basil
  • 16 ounces of salmon fresh, skin removed, or canned
  • ½ cup chopped spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Juice from ½ lemon

For dressing

  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • Reserved onion and basil mixture


  • Rinse and cook quinoa according to package instructions, set aside to cool.
  • In food processor, combine onion and basil. Remove from food processor and set aside in bowl.
  • Pulse salmon in food processor for a 1 minute or until chopped.
  • Combine remaining ingredients with a spoon, including HALF of the basil and onion mixture.
  • Form patties by hand. Mixture may be slightly moist. If it seems wet, add a pinch of flour to mixture and reform patty. Do not add too much flour as it will dry out the patties.
  • Add a tablespoon of olive oil to frying pan. Once heated, add patty to oil and cook on medium heat. You can add more than one patty if your pan is large enough, but don't overcrowd pan.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan when cooked.
  • For dressing
  • Combine ingredients for dressing. Use a dressing shaker or mason jar to combine. Use on top of a spinach salad and/or combine dressing with greek yogurt for a "tartar" consistency to serve over patties.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 623mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g

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  1. These looks delicious! We have a bunch of cans of salmon in the pantry just waiting to be consumed, and this looks like the perfect recipe. Yum!!

  2. NOM! salmon is my favorite. I have never made it into burgers before though. I wonder if it would work if I subbed in cauliflower or something for the quinoa since I cannot eat it 🙁 Will try & report back!

    1. I think you could totally sub cauliflower! My parents do that all the time since they aren't big on grains. Let me know if you tried it 🙂

  3. Brilliant, Madison! I haven't made a salmon patty in a LONG time, and this post of yours reminds me that I really DO like them! And now, I want one on top of a salad with that dressing. These are gorgeous, and I bet they taste just as good as they look!

    1. I actually hadn't had one before, but I loooove crab cakes and I love salmon, so I figured I couldn't go wrong.

  4. I actually like salmon cakes. My mom makes them for special occasions. I need to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ooh this looks great! My husband is from out west so he loves his salmon, and this looks like a great way to make it in the summer! I love your salads, btw, they always look so amazing! 🙂

  6. Salmon patties are a running joke in my family because my mom used to make them ALL the time, haha. These are totally different, though. She always made them with mac and cheese and beans, hahaha. These look delicious, though!!

  7. Yum! I love the idea of adding these yummy patties to a salad. It would be fun to make a bunch at the beginning of the week and use them in lunches for work.

  8. I haven't ever tried cooking fish, but it's on my list to learn now that we live in Charleston. I may just have to try these. 🙂