Oh hey there - you like the photo above? Yes, it looks delicious. It looks plump. It looks like you could dive right in. Would you believe me if I said it started in can-form? Ok, well technically it started out as a fish swimming around but my point is in my kitchen it started in a can.
What, you've never had salmon from a can? Yeah me either and let me tell you I was a little grossed out by it at first. Joel gently pushed me to try it and since I trust him in all matters regarding nutrition I decided to give it a shot. I reasoned I ate tuna from a can why not salmon? So dial down your judgment of a can of salmon.
So here's where we start:
This is such an easy recipe you're going to love it.
So here's the semi-scary part. Let me just prep you that when you decan, uncan? what is the proper terminology of how to take canned salmon out of the can?
Well moving on. Enough of my smoke and mirrors. Let me show you the salmon in its "natural" state.
The horror! It's slimy and what is all that black stuff smooshed into the flesh? Hang tight dolls. It's just the harsh reality of canned salmon. But, a. your wallet will thank me because canned salmon is so dang affordable, b. your taste buds will thank me for your perseverance.
Break up the salmon, throw in some bread crumbs, an egg, capers, and a few other things and form four burgers.
See not bad! What is it that politicians keep saying, "watching the sausage-making process is messy" or something to that effect. Same thing here, just different and decidedly more yummy outcome.
Now spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray and cook these little suckers up.
Then my favorite part, of course, the eating part. Pop onto a whole wheat bun, a little light mayo, and the most divine sliced summer tomato. Then I fall over because it's so satisfying.
So what did we learn?
1. canned salmon is our friend.
2. my first photo of the burger is far more appetizing than the photo above.
3. canned salmon is the right thing to do.
Yields 4 burgers
1 14.75 oz. canned salmon
1 large egg
1 cup bread crumbs, I used whole wheat bread crumbs
2 tablespoons capers
salt and pepper
In a small bowl lightly beat the egg and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl put salmon, bread crumbs, capers, egg and salt and pepper. Stir to combine. This is easiest done with very clean hands. Form burgers.
Heat saute pan to medium and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cook burgers 4 minutes on each side.
Serve on bun with your favorite condiments.