If you’ve never tried seafood sausage then you don’t know what you’re missing. In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make your own homemade salmon sausage.
While there is no replacement for a pork or beef sausage, seafood versions such as this recipe made with salmon, can be a welcomed change of pace.
We have enjoyed making our own, both as a cased sausage and as a patty, and frankly, although we miss the snap of a casing, we like it better as a patty. Once formed, we like to grill it then serve on a toasted bun smeared with some mayo flavored with garlic or sesame oil topped with some crisp lettuce, tomato, and a thin slice of red onion. It’s absolutely delicious and will be a welcomed surprise at your next grilling party. Just look at Sarah’s expression above!
Also try it as meatballs with pickled carrots and jalapeños for Banh Mi sandwiches or in ramen soups.
The Salmon Burger
- 1 pounds raw fresh boneless skinless salmon
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 small onion
- 1 lime zest and juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint or basil
- 1 teaspoon Marietta's Fish Rub
- ½ teaspoon chipotle powder or other ground hot chile
- ½ teaspoons Morton coarse kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 5 teaspoons olive oil for brushing on the patties before they go to the hot side of the grill.
- 6 buns
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon brown toasted sesame oil
- 1 large tomato
- 6 leaves lettuce
- 1 large onion
- Study. Before making sausage, please familiarize yourself with best practices as described in our article on The Science Of Sausage Making.
- Shred the carrot on the large holes of the box grater. Peel and chop finely the onion. Chop the mint fine.
- Toppings. Mix the mayo and sesame oil together and put them in the fridge. Slice the tomato and onion.
- Slice the fish into cubes removing all bones. Place it on a plate or pan in the freezer, along with the grinder parts that will contact the meat. Leave it there for about 20 minutes until it is firm but do not let it freeze. This makes grinding easier.
- Grind the meat with a 1/4-inch die or you can do this in a food processor. Don't overgrind. Leave it a bit coarse. If you don't have a grinder, you can use a food processor but don't turn it to pulp.
- Mix in the rest of the burger ingredients except the olive oil.
- Taste. Pinch off a small piece of the sausage and cook it in a frying pan, let it cool and taste to see if the seasoning is to your taste. Add more salt or chile if you wish.
- Form it into patties, meatballs, skinless tubes, or encase it with clean wet hands.
- Grill. Fire up your grill in two zones and shoot for about 225°F in the indirect zone. Grill the cut faces of the buns until they turn amber.
- Smoke. Throw some wood on the direct zone and get some smoke rolling. Put the burgers or links on the indirect side and let them slowly come up to about 120°F. This will firm the surfaces so when you move them to the direct heat side they won't stick to the grates.
- Sear. Move them to the direct infrared zone and sear them on both sides. Take them off at 130°F.
- Serve. Slather the sesame mayo on both sides of the bun, top with the burger, lettuce, tomato, and onion.