Grilled Salmon Burgers
Did someone say “grilled”?  Yes, I know that we usually think summer time cooking when we hear grilled, but who says you can’t have “summertime” foods in the winter. In fact it’s a good idea to start thinking about summer foods and start to get renewed with them.  Winter foods are usually heavier and of course more “comforting” but have the added possibility of overeating.
I like to have at least one fish and am working on two per week.  Not only do you get the great Omega 3’s but it’s a delicious protein.  Salmon is so easy to get and one of the freshest you can find at the grocery store.  I have a George Foreman Grill and use it at least 2 or sometimes 3 times per week.  You can put these salmon burgers together in just a few minutes and they take no more than 5 to 6 minutes on this grill.  
What do we love to eat with burgers?   FRENCH FRIES!!!! But you want to stay away from fried foods so why not have Oven Fries.  Since the sweet potato has way more nutrition than the usual suspect, the russet, bake them instead.  You bake them in a 450 degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.  Yeh, no transfats, no fat at all, just a great fry.  
For the bun I used an Armenian bread (see picture).  Focaccia is a great bread also.  But since I neither could find it at the grocery store or had the time to make it, I used this bread.  I toasted it and cut it square and it was delicious.  This bread has 90 calories; .5g fat; 310mg sodium; 1g fiber and no sugar per 50grams.  
So here is what you will need for the salmon burgers:
1 cup chopped red onion, fine chop
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil (this really makes it)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, fresh ground
1 (1 pound) salmon fillet, skinned and chopped
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
cooking spray
8 (3/4 ounce) slices bread, toasted
Combine the onion thru the salmon in a bowl.  In a separate bowl combine pepper sauce and egg white.  Add this mixture to the salmon mixture, stirring well.  
Divide the salmon mixture into 4 equal portions.  They are very soft and aren’t like meat.  Pat them into 1/2 inch patties and place on a plate.  Spray your grill with oil spray or if you want you can cook them in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Cook the patties for 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.  If you are using the grill, then cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until desired doneness.  
For the oven fries:  I like to use a sweet potatoe.  Peel and slice in “planks”.  Place on a cookie sheet and spray them with vegetable oil spray and a little salt and pepper.  Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.  
You have to time them so that they aren’t sitting for too long waiting for the patties to cook.  When they are crispy you can cover them loosely with a foil tent.  Time them so that they are done when you start cooking the patties.
Per 1 burger using 3/4 oz slices of foccacia: 190 calories; 8.8g fat; .3g fiber; 236mg sodium.  
Grilled Salmon Burgers
Friday, January 26, 2007