Salmon Burgers with Lemon Dill Horseradish Sauce

Rethink the classic burger with a seafood twist. Add these salmon burgers, made with Norweigan salmon, with lemon dill horseradish sauce to your menu rotation.

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One perk of COVID-19 (always trying to find the positive) is that people are cooking more at home. The downside, we don’t necessarily have access to certain ingredients and are limiting grocery store trips.

Being strategic when grocery shopping and relying on pantry staples is key. Here in New Jersey, there are limits on amounts of certain proteins like chicken and eggs. At the grocery store, there is a whole department dedicated just to seafood. Don’t skip it!

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Salmon is one of the most popular species consumed. With the high demand, the safest and most efficient way to feed the population is with farm-raised salmon. Norway is the world leader in the production of ocean-farmed sustainable salmon.

Understanding aquaculture

Aquaculture provides safeguarding to the environment and fish stocks for the future is the only way its aquaculture industry can remain sustainable. Sustainability has been one of the main objectives of the Norwegian fishing industry, and they are committed to producing seafood in a safe, controlled, and sustainable manner with strict regulations.

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Seafood from Norway

In Norway, salmon farmers monitor fish conditions carefully, control the salmon’s feed, and keep parasites out. This farmed environment helps resist disease. In Norway, farm-raised salmon live in their natural habitat and have plenty of room to swim. One of the myths about salmon farming is that the fish lives in crowded pens. The fact is, Norwegian salmon has plenty of space to grow as the pen holds 97.5% water and just 2.5% fish. Their pens are designed to ensure optimal growth and living conditions for the dish. Norwegian aquaculture industry sets the standard for high-quality, safe, and sustainably farmed salmon.

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Salmon Burger with Lemon Dill Horseradish Sauce

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs salmon fillets skin and bones removed, chopped
3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
canola oil for frying (can also use olive oil)

Yogurt-Dill Sauce:
1 cup plain full-fat yogurt
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup dill, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons) and zested (about 1 teaspoon)
1 tablespoon horseradish

To serve:
Brioche buns
Butter lettuce


Instructions

  1. In a food processor add salmon. Pulse a few times until the salmon breaks down into small pieces. (Tip: Pulse a few times vs. running the food processor)
  2. In a large bowl, combine salmon, breadcrumbs, egg, dill, salt, garlic powder, and lemon juice. Mix well, but make sure to not overwork the mixture. Shape into 6 burgers.
  3. For the yogurt-dill sauce: In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, mustard, dill, lemon juice, lemon zest, and horseradish. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add salmon burgers and cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes or until internal temperature reaches at least 145 F.
  5. To serve: Place a few pieces of butter lettuce on the bottom half of the bun, top with a burger, and a generous dollop of the yogurt-dill sauce.

Keywords: salmon, salmon burger, burger, seafood, omega3, heart healthy

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FAQ

Can I freeze these salmon burgers?

Yes! Form the salmon into patties. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (so they don’t freeze to the pan!) and freeze until solid. Once frozen, wrap each individually with plastic wrap, then foil, then store in a freezer bag removing as much air as possible.

Can I grill these salmon burgers?

Yes, of course! I like using a cast-iron skillet to get a good sear, but grilling works great too! Tip for if you decide to grill – After forming the patties, refrigerate them for 10-20 minutes so they firm up a little to prevent them from falling apart on the grill.

How else can I use the salmon burgers?

These salmon burgers as leftovers are delicious! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Add to leafy greens
  • Crumble and scramble with eggs
  • Chop and add to a wrap
  • Serve with a sunny side egg on top

What else can I use the lemon dill horseradish sauce with?

Utilize this sauce any way you would utilize any other condiments! This pairs well with many foods.

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Chickpea Walnut Sandwich

Get out of your lunchtime rut and make packing lunches more exciting with this Chickpea Walnut Sandwich. 

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Ever get in a lunch rut? Need new ideas for packing your kids’ or your own lunch? Are packable noontime options dwindling? Surely you’ve met the ‘What shall I pack for lunch?” question.

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I always pack my lunch for the next day the night before. If not, I’m typically running out the door and a Siggi’s yogurt, KIND bar, and a piece of fruit are just tossed in my bag on my way out. I don’t mind those “snacky” kind of lunches once in a while, but I’d prefer more of a meal kind of lunch.

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Plant-Based Proteins:

This chickpea walnut sandwich is a plant-based tuna/chicken salad makeover. I always try and make sure protein is present at lunchtime to help keep me full through the afternoon. Chickpeas are the perfect pulse for this recipe because the firm texture holds its shape. The addition of the walnuts is key for the crunch factor, while also providing heart-healthy fats.

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Greek yogurt is a great substitute for mayonnaise to trim back on saturated fat and replace it with a boost of protein and calcium instead.

Add to a sandwich, top on a salad, or dip with crackers – this chickpea walnut mixture is versatile to get you out of your lunchtime rut.

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Chickpea Walnut Sandwich

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: sandwich

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Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
  • (Optional) Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion

Instructions

  1. Add chickpeas to a bowl and lightly mash with a fork. (Not too much. We aren’t making hummus!) Add walnuts, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, and scallions and mix together. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Add a desired amount of the chickpea mixture to the bread and add desired toppings. Top with the other slice of bread.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker.

Keywords: sandwich, vegetarian, plant-based

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Confetti Turkey Burgers

Fire up the grill! It’s time to make Confetti Turkey Burgers. Learn how to keep a turkey burger juicy and the pros and cons of different kinds of grills.

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It’s officially grilling season! Grilling is a healthy cooking technique. This cooking method exposes food to direct heat, leaving grilled food evenly charred on the outside and juicy in the inside. It is also a lower-fat cooking method because the fat will drip from the grill grates. Grilling can be for meats, vegetables, and fruit. Have you ever had grilled pineapple? It’s delicious!

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So often I hear complaints that turkey burgers are dry and chewy because they are very lean. Indeed, ground turkey breast is very lean with only 1% fat. Knowing that, how can we add more flavors, more moisture, and even stretch your dollar? Veggies!

Finely chopping veggies and incorporating them into the ground turkey will help keep the burger moist and tender. When cooked the water content from the vegetables is released, leaving you with a juicy burger.

Plus, by bulking up the ground turkey with veggies, it creates more burger patties, significantly stretching your dollar. One pound of ground meat often serves four, but with adding veggies it stretches it to six servings.

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The Difference Between Charcoal and Gas Grills

Charcoal Grills

They provide a more distinct smoky flavor along with that amazing backyard aroma. It’s such a tease when I’m running through the neighborhood and all I smell are my neighbors grilling. Scented wood chips or charcoal will bring the additional flavor. However, charcoal can be a little messy and sometimes tricky to regulate the temperature

Gas Grills

Just turn on a switch and your gas grill is fired up and ready to go. You are able to easily regulate the temperature and often gas grills have different settings that you can easily regulate areas of the grill at different temperatures. You won’t really get that smoky flavor, but you are able to cook various items on the grill at the same.

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I call these confetti burgers because there are flecks of colors throughout the burger patty. The key is finely chopping vegetables so they evenly disperse throughout the patty. Play around with different veggies that you like. I always aim to add at least three different colors into the mix.

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Confetti Turkey Burgers

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The best turkey burgers! The secret to preventing the burgers from drying out is the added veggies!


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Ingredients

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill. Prep all the vegetables, and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Add the ground turkey, feta cheese, flaxseed, egg, salt, and pepper.
  3. Mix together until all ingredients are incorporated together. Form into 6 patties.
  4. Grill each side for about 5-7 minutes (or bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes), or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
  5. Put on top of a whole wheat bun and with your favorite healthy toppings.

Keywords: turkey burger, burger, dinner

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The Ultimate PB&J

Calling all PB&J lovers – this recipe is for you! Turn a classic into something new and exciting, like this Ultimate PB&J.
The Ultimate PB&J via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenI lived off PB&J growing up. It is so quick and easy to make, plus portable. This month The Recipe ReDux challenged members to cook with at least 3 ingredients that are actually in your refrigerator or pantry right now. 99% of the time, my kitchen will never be without peanut butter, bananas, bread, and chia seeds. They are staples.
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I was craving a classic PB&J this weekend, but with this challenge, I wasn’t just going to slather peanut butter and jelly on bread and call it a recipe, so I decided to add a little culinary twist to this classic for this RR challenge.

For a good PB&J (or any sandwich), make sure to start with hearty whole grain bread. Next, comes my favorite part, the peanut butter! I ran out of one of my favorites, Betsy’s Best, so I made my own version by mixing natural peanut butter with cinnamon and chia seeds. Then, topped with bruleed bananas, strawberries, and chopped peanuts, I’d say this is definitely gourmet compared your standard PB&J.

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The Ultimate PB&J

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 1 1x

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole grain bread, lightly toasted
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 banana, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter, cinnamon, and chia seeds. Set aside.
  2. In a small pan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Place bananas in pan and cook until golden brown.
  3. On one slice of bread, spread the peanut butter. Top with the cooked bananas, strawberry slices, and chopped peanuts. Place other slice of bread on top and enjoy!

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B.A.L.T. – Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwich

A classic B.L.T. with a little twist! Adding the “A” (avocado) and a creamy spread takes this average BLT up a notch. Don’t skip out on quality ingredients when you assemble this sandwich.
BALT - Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwich via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenI received free samples of Sabra Spreads mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Have you seen the new Sabra spreads hit the shelves at your local grocery store? I was excited when Sabra sent me all three flavors to experiment with in the kitchen. The flavors are honey mustard, garlic herb, and sea salt and cracked pepper. I had so many recipe ideas running through my head. These spreads will definitely be making an appearance here in the future. With these fresh ingredients and flavors the new Sabra spreads will become a staple condiment in my refrigerator.
BALT - Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwich via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_KitchenWhen it comes to a BLT, you need quality ingredients. I decided just a BLT just wouldn’t suffice and needed a little extra flavor. I turned it into a B.A.L.T. with slices of avocado. I love sandwiches when you can really taste all ingredients in every layer.


To build your perfect B.A.L.T. you have to start out with quality bread. I like a hearty whole wheat bread. Next, comes the bacon. Not all bacon is created equally. Look for pork shoulder bacon, it is a much leaner choice. Pork shoulder comes from a leaner part of the pig (the shoulder) which contains less fat than pork belly, which majority of bacon comes from. Then comes the avocado. You can mash it. I decided to keep it as slices. Whatever you like best! The lettuce I chose was a Boston bib lettuce. The leaves are tender. If you prefer more of a crunch, go for romaine. Of course, this jersey girl has to choose a juicy plump jersey tomato sliced on top.

The part that ties it all together is the Sabra spread. This is a much healthier choice than adding mayo as a condiment. The new Sabra spreads contain 75% less fat than mayo and are convenient for sandwiches now that it is in a squeeze bottle. Of course you can add any of the new flavors, but I wanted to keep it in the simple side and added the sea salt and cracked black pepper.
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B.A.L.T. – Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwich

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole grain bread, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt and cracked pepper Sabra spread
  • 2 slices pork shoulder bacon, cooked
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup lettuce
  • 12 slices tomato

Instructions

  1. Prepare all of your ingredients.
  2. Spread Sabra spread on one slice of bread. Layer bacon, avocado, lettuce, and tomato. Top with remaining slice of bread. Enjoy!

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Mediterranean Hummus Wraps

Kick up the flavor and feel good about eating these Mediterranean Hummus Wraps at your next tailgate party. 

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In the fall, football lovers Sunday’s are dedicated to football. There is always a rivalry on Sunday (or Thursday and Mondays – so much football!) in my house. I am a big NY Giants fan and Adrian is a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan. But we have one big thing in common.. we don’t like the Dallas Cowboys. We have gone to a few Giants/Eagles game together which has been fun, but always at Metlife stadium (where the giants play, if ya didn’t know). When you are on Giants turf and you’re wearing Eagles gear you will get taunted haha!
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This year Adrian and I are playing in a survivor pool. Pick a different winner of one pro football game each week. Win, and live to pick again the next week. Lose, and you are eliminated. We are hanging in there so far. We picked the Jets this week to win. Cross your fingers for us! The pool started with 30+. Now there are only 15 people left.

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With football viewing comes snacks. Dating a dietitian is a good guarantee that healthy snacks be included. Typical football grub like wings, creamy dips, pizza, etc. which can leave you feeling weighed down. Many of those food are heavy with saturated fats.
I’m going a little Mediterranean with this recipe to trim back on saturated fats and include heart healthy unsaturated fats instead. Sabra is the Official Dips Sponsor of the NFL which is fitting that hummus is our power player for this recipe. With its combination of chickpeas, sesame seeds (tahini) and healthy fats, hummus can be part of an eating pattern for health, including the well established Mediterranean diet.
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Nine out of 10 Americans don’t eat enough vegetables each day, including nutrient-rich beans. Sabra is encouraging everyone #TwoSpoons of hummus a day. Just two spoonfuls a day will fulfill your bean recommendation for the week. How easy is that? Hummus can be versatile in your kitchen. Enjoy simply as dip for veggies, use as a spread in place of mayo, use to make a creamy dressing, or even to thicken soups in place of cream.

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Mediterranean Hummus Wraps

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 8 1x

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Ingredients

  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 small eggplant, diced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Sabra roasted pine nut hummus
  • 1/4 cup pitted katamala olive, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 4 whole wheat wraps

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. On a large baking sheet, add the red bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes until vegetables are tender and beginning to brown, mixing occasionally.
  3. On each wrap, add 2 tbsp of hummus. Layer the roasted vegetables, katamala olives, and feta cheese. Roll up and cut into 4 pieces. 2 pieces per serving.

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Ultimate Chicken Avocado Grilled Cheese

It’s the continuation of avocado week here at RDelicious Kitchen. The California Avocado Commission is the sponsoring a recipe contest through Recipe Redux challenging members to create the perfect summer get-together dish using California Avocados.
Incase you missed my first two avocado inspired recipes, check them out:
Smoked Salmon Avocado Tartlets
Salmon, Avocado, Cucumber Roll Ups

Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Avocado Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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Ultimate Chicken Avocado Grilled Cheese
Makes 1 sandwich

 

Ingredients:
2 slices whole wheat bread
2 ounces cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 oz part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 slices of tomato
1/4 avocado
1 tbsp light ranch dressing

Directions:
1. Lightly toast the bread. (This is my secret for a perfectly crisp grilled cheese without using butter on the bread. Helps cut back on saturated fat.)
2. Mash the avocado with the ranch dressing.
3. Put a pan over medium heat. Layer the avocado and ranch mixture, tomato, chicken, and cheese between the bread.
4. Place the grilled cheese in the pan and push down on one side with a spatula.
5. Cook until each side is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
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(nutrition facts based on using myfitnesspal)
 

 

Enjoy!

 

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