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Zesty Salmon Burgers with Dill Spread

Zesty Salmon Burgers with Dill Spread - Spice up your barbecue with these delicious salmon burgers!

This post is sponsored by Farmer’s Garden® by Vlasic®. All opinions are 100% mine.

My husband Jack and I are huge fans of pickles, and at any given time, we have several jars in the refrigerator! Our newest favorite are Farmer’s Garden® pickles by Vlasic® – artisanal-quality, premium pickles made with honest ingredients and no artificial flavors. Jack and I first tried these fantastic pickles a few months ago (they are so good – they were voted Best New Product for a reason!) and we were thrilled when Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic asked us to share one of our favorite July 4th recipes using Farmer’s Garden pickles!

Our Zesty Salmon Burgers with Dill Spread are a great addition to any traditional barbecue menu! The burgers are made from a mix of salmon, shrimp and panko bread crumbs – but they get their fantastic, zesty flavor from Farmer’s Garden dill pickles! And – to make this dish even better – a wonderful, creamy dill spread is served with the zesty salmon burgers, which is also made using Farmer’s Garden pickles!

Zesty Salmon Burgers with Dill Spread - A Family Feast

Farmer’s Garden pickles are made with the finest, specially selected ingredients – deliciously ripe cucumbers, whole garlic cloves, slices of red bell peppers, rounds of carrots, and fresh herbs and spices – all harvested at the peak of freshness! Each Farmer’s Garden cucumber is hand-packed in a traditional mason jar and pickled using home-style canning techniques that lock in bold, fresh flavor!

Farmer’s Garden pickles come in five delicious varieties including Zesty Garlic Chips, Bread & Butter Chips, Kosher Dill Spears, Kosher Dill Chips, and Dill Chips (which we used in our recipe) – all flavors you are sure to love!

Zesty Salmon Burgers with Dill Spread - Spice up your barbecue with these delicious salmon burgers!

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Zesty Salmon Burgers with Dill Spread - Spice up your barbecue with these delicious salmon burgers!

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Zesty Salmon Burgers with Dill Spread

Zesty Salmon Burgers with Dill Spread - A Family Feast

Farmer’s Garden dill pickle slices come packed with garlic, peppers and carrots. Use a few of those garden vegetables in your ½ cup measurement. Also, you will need a grill pan if preparing these on your outdoor grill (see here). A grill pan has small holes to let the heat through and is used for small or delicate food items.

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 salmon burgers (4 ounces each)


For the Salmon Burgers

  • 1¼ pounds thick cut salmon filet, skin on
  • ½ cup Farmer’s Garden® by Vlasic® dill pickles (include a few of the other pickled vegetables in the jar as well as the pickled cucumbers), diced fine
  • ¼ pound raw shrimp, diced very fine
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup shallots, diced fine
  • 1½ teaspoons red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup dry potato flakes
  • 8 sesame seed burger rolls
  • Lettuce for sandwiches
  • Tomato slices for sandwiches
  • Additional Vlasic Farmer’s Garden dill pickles to serve on the side
  • Vegetable oil for brushing grill pan

For the Dill Spread

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Vlasic Farmer’s Garden dill pickles
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup finely shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce


  1. Place a steamer basket into a medium-sized pan and fill the pan with just enough water to reach the bottom of the steamer. Spray the steamer basket with non-stick cooking spray and set the salmon filet skin-side down into the basket. (If your steamer basket has a stem in the center, poke a hole in the salmon filet and slide it down over the stem.) Cover the pan and bring water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and steam for 15 minutes covered. Once done, discard the water. Remove and discard the skin of the salmon and the dark layer just below the skin, leaving cooked salmon intact. Pick out any visible bones if any. You should end up with about one pound of cooked salmon after discarding the skin.
  2. While salmon is steaming, mix diced Farmer’s Garden dill pickles, raw shrimp, egg, shallots, curry paste, mayonnaise, pepper flakes, salt, sugar, corn starch, dill, bread crumbs and potato flakes. Mix to incorporate all ingredients.
  3. Flake cooked salmon into bowl with other ingredients and gently mix just to combine.
  4. Form into eight 4-ounce patties and place on a parchment or plastic lined tray and refrigerate covered for at least one hour or longer to help set up mixture.
  5. While salmon burgers are setting up, mix all of the spread ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate.
  6. When you are ready to serve, heat your grill to a medium heat and preheat grill pan. If your grill does not have a cover, make a tent from tin foil.
  7. Once the grill and grill pan are ready, liberally oil the grill pan and using a spatula, gently place the eight patties on the pan. Brush the tops with oil so that when you flip them, they won’t stick to the grill pan. (If your pan is smaller in size, cook in two batches)
  8. Cook for about a total of ten minutes with the lid closed and turning as the bottoms brown. If they start to get too dark too fast, lower heat or raise the grill rack. You want to cook them so the center cooks through but keeping the outside golden brown. (They will be soft and delicate as they cook but once they are cooked through, they firm up and stay formed like a burger.)
  9. Alternatively, if you are baking these in your oven, cook in a 350 degree oven for about the same cooking time on an oiled sheet pan.
  10. If you wish to grill your rolls, do that while the salmon burgers are cooking.
  11. To serve, place the dill spread on the inside top and bottoms haves of the roll and serve with lettuce, tomato and plenty of Farmer’s Garden dill pickles on the side.

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  1. I LOVE salmon and dill, but I wouldn’t have thought to put that on a burger for some reason, but It’s such a great idea! Love this summer recipe..pinned!

  2. I’ve never actually made salmon burgers even though they are one of the first things I choose to order. I definitely need to try this recipe, it looks incredible!

  3. I love that you put pickles in the burgers and that spread sounds heavenly!

  4. I love pickles and these burgers look so good!

  5. These burgers look so so good (and digging the shrimp in them too.) I’m a big time pickle lover!

  6. I love your amazingly delicious recipes! This weekend I made the Loaded Italian Sun with the Red pepper aioli . So tasty! Also made the Zucchini Tart and the Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Sweet and Sour Bacon dressing for our Fathers Day BBQ . Fantastic!
    I love salmon burgers but have never made them. Will definitely give these a try! Can you tell I love your blog?

    • Awww….thank you so much Irma!! We really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to write to us, and I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes! I hope you like this recipe too!!

  7. Cynthia Burrell :

    I also love pickles! I have been making salmon burgers for quite some time and love them. I’ve never thought about adding dill to my burger mixture, but I will now. I also like to add dill to my potato salad-which goes well with salmon burgers. Looking forward to trying this new recipe.

  8. Ginny McMeans :

    This will be my husbands favorite!

  9. I can’t wait to try this! It will have to be a night when my hubby won’t be home for dinner since he doesn’t do seafood!

  10. Oh salmon!! What a fancy new way to eat this burger.

  11. I LIVE for salmon burgers! But I’ve never tried them with pickles before. I bet it would give them such a great zip!

  12. The red curry paste…brilliant! And what is it about summer + salmon + dill that is just soooo irresistible. I can’t wait to put these on my menu next week 🙂

  13. I love salmon burgers and these are just spectacular. Love the dill spread, the perfect accent to this burger.

  14. I’ve made salmon burgers before!! I’ll definitely have to try them with this dill spread and those good looking pickles!

  15. I love absolutely everything about these! Those pickles are so good, aren’t they? I’m obsessed.

  16. Never tried a salmon burger before. It looks great!

  17. These burgers look so yummy!

  18. These looks great! My husband would go crazy for this baby!

  19. I’ve seen a few recipes floating around recently for dill pickle spread and since I love pickles I have to finally try it! Also loving all the pickled vegetables in these jars.

  20. WOW! These sound (and look) fantastic! I adore salmon burgers with big bold flavors!

  21. Interesting ingredients – the addition of shrimp & red curry paste – YUM! Such a different direction from my signature cakes. Nice!

  22. I’ve always wanted to try salmon burgers! These look delicious!

  23. I think I just melted in a puddle. Quick – I need one of these delicious salmon burgers to reconstitute and continue my day!

  24. These salmon burgers look amazing!

  25. Those photos are beautiful! Oh and Dill sauce? Sign me up!!

  26. These look delicious! I’ve been wanting to try the new Farmer’s Gsrden pickles. I’m going to get me some next time I’m at the store.

  27. Wow!! I haven’t seen this brand of pickles around but they look yummy!
    So does your salmon burger. I mean.
    I’m seriously drooling over your photos! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  28. That looks delicious! Hubby will gobble that up for sure!

  29. A simple moment I savor in my life, as petty as it sounds, is the satisfaction I get from blowing the sidewalk after I have mowed the lawn. #FarmtoJar.

    One thing I like to do with Vlasic and Farmers Garden is to chop up the bread and butter chips and use them as relish. I love them that way.

  30. I love Salmon. Going to be making these for dinner! Pinned!

  31. I really want to try this recipe but I can’t get that brand of pickle here in the U.K. 🙁

    • Oh – Sorry Katrina! You can substitute your favorite, locally-available dill pickle brand if necessary! And hopefully Farmer’s Garden will make it to the U.K. sometime soon!

  32. I savor the times I get to spend with friends. #FarmtoJar