Grilled Fish Burgers with Cucumber Dill Sauce

Ingredients (serves 4)

Fish Burgers

  • 1 14-15 oz. canned salmon or canned tuna, drained
  • 2/3 to 1 cup dried bread crumbs or Panko
  • 2  tbsp. sliced green onions (scallions)
  • 1  large egg
  • 1  minced garlic clove or ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1  tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Dash of black pepper (optional)
  • 4  whole wheat hamburger buns

Cucumber Dill Sauce

  • ½  cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Zest of one lemon
  • ½ to 1 garlic clove, minced (if you like garlic, use the whole clove)
  • 1½ tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ small English cucumber, chopped very small


  1. To make the fish patties place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl, in the order listed.  If using salmon, remove and discard the large center bone prior to placing the fish in the bowl.  Using a fork, gently mix the ingredients until well incorporated being careful not to over mix causing the fish to turn to mush.
  2. Shape the fish into four equal sized patties about ½ inch thick and place them on a single layer on a plate.  Carefully place foil over the plate to cover the patties and then refrigerate them for about an hour.  This helps them hold up to grilling.
  3. While waiting for the patties to chill, make the sauce by placing all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and gently mix.  Place the sauce in the refrigerator until ready to serve so the flavors can blend.
  4. After about an hour of the patties chilling, spray a grill rack with cooking spray.  Heat the grill to medium heat.  Place the patties on the grill and cover.  Cook for 3-4 minutes.  Remove from grill.
  5. Serve each patty on top of a whole wheat hamburger bun alongside your favorite piece of seasonal fruit.


  • If the patty mix seems too "gooey" after mixing, add 1-2 tbsp. more of bread crumbs or Panko.
  • Consider using the patty to top your favorite bed of greens for a nice quick salad instead of putting it on bun.
  • Top the burger with your favorite toppings such as a slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes and forget the sauce!
  • These can be pan fried.
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