24 September 2012

Spinach Dip Salmon Burger

I'm still trying to get over my recent recipe of Hot & Skinny Spinach Dip.  So far, no luck.  If you've given it a try and find yourself in the same predicament, I empathize completely.  So in lieu of the classic chip, baguette or sliced vegetable, allow yourself to consider this delicious, creamy and healthy burger option that will blow you away.  Spread over a salmon burger and you will find an entirely new and delicious way to enjoy a cheesy dip.

The concept behind this burger is so simple, I can hardly stand it.  The dip has so much flavor, it cuts out the need for all additional seasonings or sauce.  No need to add a slice of cheese....it's already in the dip.  Just add a few slices of tomato and some fresh green onion slices and you're done.  Bun it, eat it and enjoy it.  

Now a quick, easy dinner is always a good idea, but only when the end result is insanely delicious and mind-blowing does it translate from an idea into a delicious dinner reality.  This idea came to me as a sort of deconstructed version of a crab and spinach dip.  I've always been a big fan of this Pacific Northwest twist of the original.  The salmon is lovely with the cheese, garlic and spinach of the dip.  Its flavor is rich and earthy, but not fishy.  However, it is the texture of the dip and salmon together that really what makes this a stand out burger. The fish is slightly firmer than most fish, but still incredibly moist and flaky.  When topped with the thick, hearty and melty cheese dip, you get a truly fantastic combination.  

This is definitely one of those recipes to keep on file for impressing friends/relatives/co-workers/neighbors/enemies at a backyard barbecue.  So break out that grill one last time, and try a Spinach Dip Salmon Burger on me.   (Well....at least my recommendation.)

 Spinach Dip Salmon Burger (4 burgers)

  • 1 batch Hot & Skinny Spinach Dip
  • 4 pre-made salmon patties (or make your own - recipe below)
  • 4 buns
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (green only)
  • fresh spinach (optional)
Preheat the grill or grill pan to medium high.  When hot, place the salmon patties over the heat.  Cook for 4 minutes per side, until the salmon is cooked in the middle and juices run clear.  Place the bun over the heat in the last minute or two to toast slightly, if desired.

Arrange your fresh veggies on the bottom bun.  Top with a salmon patty.  Scoop 3-4 tablespoons of the spinach dip onto the burger and spread evenly.  Top and serve immediately.  Great with something easy like raw carrots or a salad.

Super Easy Salmon Patties (4 patties)

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 lb salmon fillet 
  • 1 c finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • salt & pepper
Place the egg white in a medium bowl and lightly whisk.  Add remaining ingredients and mix together well.  Dress up by adding fresh basil, sun dried tomatoes, lemon juice, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, apricot jam, pesto or any of your other favorite salmon accoutrements.  

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