Pistachio Salmon Patties with Orange Chipotle Mayo

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Pistachio salmon patties with orange chipotle mayo are made using canned salmon for an easy and healthy burger recipe that’s full of flavor!

A delicious salmon patty on a brioche bun with an orange chipotle mayo, avocado slices and lettuce

Pistachio salmon patties are not only healthy and easy to make but SUPER flavorful and yummy.

I was a little skeptical at first using canned salmon because honestly, it just sounds unappetizing, right?!…But I have to say I am now a proud canned salmon fan.

(Not to mention it’s affordable and makes this recipe 10x easier!)

The canned salmon is mixed with a quick and simple pistachio pesto then pan fried in olive oil and served with a delicious orange chipotle mayo sauce for the best salmon patties.

A white square plate with a pan fried salmon patty that’s made with pistachio pesto. It’s got a smear of orange chipotle mayo and is on a buttery brioche bun with lettuce and avocado. A round plate is in the background with 3 salmon burgers

There’s this amazing little burger place in Narragansett, down by the beaches, that I try to go to at least once a summer.

They seriously have the BEST burgers and breakfast.  They were even featured on Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives (you go lil Rhody!!!). 

There’s a pistachio salmon burger on the menu that’s wrapped in crispy phyllo dough and served with an orange chipotle mayo (hence where this recipe inspiration came from). The recipe is actually on foodnetwork.com

I’ve tried almost all the burgers on the menu at least once, but I always go back to this one because it’s so light and flavorful and makes me do the happy dance.

I tried to replicate that same awesome flavor and texture while putting my own twist on it and WOW these salmon patties are gooooood (extra “O”’s).

A delicious salmon patty on a brioche bun with an orange chipotle mayo, avocado slices and lettuce

To make these Pistachio Salmon Patties:

  1. Make your pistachio pesto by placing basil, pistachios, garlic, olive oil and Parmesan in a food processor and blending until fine crumbs.
  2. Add the pistachio mixture to a large bowl along with your salmon, peppers, onions, lemon and panko.  Mix, using your hands, until well combined.
  3. Shape into 4 equal patties.  Heat olive oil over medium heat and pan fry the patties for 3-4 minutes per side until lightly golden.
  4. Serve on a bun or over salad with a dollop of orange chipotle mayo.
The top picture is a glass bowl with bell pepper, canned salmon, green onions, panko and lemon. The bottom picture is the easy salmon patties made with a pistachio pesto

Pistachio salmon patties with orange chipotle mayo are made in just a half hour for a quick and easy dinner recipe!  Ditch the bun for a low carb meal or place over a salad for an easy lunch.

A salmon burger on a buttery brioche bun with avocado, lettuce and an orange chipotle mayo. There’s a glass of cold beer in the background and a plate full of the easy pistachio salmon patties

What to serve with pistachio salmon patties?

The orange chipotle mayo pairs amazingly with the patties, but you can skip it if you prefer.

I suggest making a side of sweet potato fries or my easy homemade carrot fries.

Is canned salmon healthy?

Oh yeah! It’s equally healthy as fresh fish…packed with protein and omega’s!

Can you freeze salmon patties?

Yes! Just form the salmon into patties and wrap individually in plastic wrap, then place in a zip lock bag or airtight container (uncooked). The patties will last up to 4 months in the freezer.

Pistachio Salmon Patties with Orange Chipotle Mayo

Pistachio salmon patties with orange chipotle mayo use canned salmon for an easy and healthy recipe. Serve over salad or on a bun.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword burgerrecipes, easydinner, healthyrecipes, lunchrecipes, salmonburger, salmonpatties
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5
Author Wine a Little Cook A Lot


Orange Chipotle Mayo

  • 1 tbsp Orange Zest
  • 2 tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1 tsp Chipotle in Adobe Sauce chopped finely
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise

Pistachio Salmon Patties

  • 1/3 cup Pistachios shelled and roasted
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ cup Fresh Basil chopped (or ½ tsp dried)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 14.75 oz. can Salmon drained and rinsed (or about 1lb. fresh salmon)
  • ½ Bell Pepper diced small
  • 3 Green Onions sliced (white and green parts)
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs


Orange Chipotle Mayo

  • Place ingredients in food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Transfer to small airtight jar or container.
  • Mayo can be stored in the refrigerator for

Pistachio Salmon Patties

  • Place the pistachios, garlic cloves, parmesan cheese, basil, salt and pepper in food processor and pulse until finely ground. Slowly add olive oil and blend.
  • Place salmon, bell peppers, green onion, lemon juice and panko breadcrumb in medium size bowl. Add pistachio pesto and stir until evenly combined (you can use your hands for this!).
  • Divide mixture into 4 equal patties and place on dish or parchment paper.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium-large frying pan, add patties and cook 3-4 minutes per side until slightly browned.
  • Serve on bun with chipotle mayo or over salad.


*Salmon Burgers will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days. *Salmon Burgers can be made and frozen for up to 4 months.

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