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Spicy Sriracha Salmon-Basil Burger Recipe

Spicy Salmon Basil Burgers

Spicy Salmon Basil Burgers always draws a crowd. Packed with fresh and spicy flavors, it's awesome for a summer BBQ and perfect for a weeknight dinner, too.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword burgers made with fish, good for summer bbq
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 199 kcal
Author Valentina K. Wein


  • pounds salmon fillet, skin removed, cut into large chunks (preferably wild-caught salmon)
  • cups loosely packed basil leaves, washed and dried
  • zest of 2 medium-sized lemons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup scallions, washed and dried, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
  • teaspoons salt
  • teaspoons granulated sugar
  • a few turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • grapeseed oil for the pan


  1. Add the salmon chunks and basil to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and blend just until it's broken down into small pieces.
  2. Then add the lemon zest, lemon juice, scallions, Sriracha, salt, sugar, and pepper to the basil and salmon. Blend everything together until you have a smooth mixture.
  3. Evenly distributing the salmon mixture, shape it into 6 evenly sized burgers and place them on a large plate.
  4. Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with grapeseed oil and place it over medium-high heat. Once the pan is very hot (it must sizzle when the burgers hit), add them to the pan, with ample space between them. Flip them when the bottom is golden brown, after about 2 minutes. Then sauté the other side for another couple of minutes, until it's golden brown as well.

  5. Now you can add this delicious burger to your favorite bun, with your favorite fixings, and serve.

Recipe Notes

You can use as much or as little Sriracha as you'd like, depending on how much heat you want.

These would also be fantastic cooked on a grill!