Pozharskie – Salmon Burgers



  • 700g salmon fillet
  • 1 onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 70g butter
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Half teaspoon salt



  1. Prepare the onion and salmon. Place the butter into the freezer.
  2. Chop the onion into pieces and transfer into a blender or a food processor. Chop finely.
  3. Transfer the onion into a medium skillet, add one tablespoon of the oil.
  4. Saute the onion over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring periodically.
  5. As the onion cooks it becomes soft and loses bitterness, however do not overcook it. Raw or overcooked onion dominates the salmon flavor while the slightly sauted onion complements it.
  6. Rinse the blender/food processor/meat grinder after chopping the onion, then cut the salmon into pieces and place into the blender (food processor or meat grinder).
  7. Add the egg, the sauted onion and sprinkle with salt.
  8. Process the fish so that it is finely chopped and all ingredients are combined.
  9. Moisten your hands and divide the salmon mixture into four equal parts.
  10. Slice the frozen butter into four equal sticks, about 15g each, then pour the breadcrumbs onto the working surface.
  11. Moisten your hands. Place one part of the salmon mixture onto one hand and flatten with the other, shaping it into a flat patty.
  12. Put one piece of the butter in the middle of the patty, then carefully put the edges of the patty together, overlapping slightly so that the butter is completely sealed inside the patty.
  13. Roll the burger in your hands making sure that the butter is sealed so that it doesn’t leak out during cooking. Place the burger into the breadcrumbs and turn it over using a flat knife.
  14. Carefully patt the burger with the flat side of the knife, give it an oval shape.
  15. The top and bottom sides of the burger need to be equally flat to ensure full contact with the cooking surface.
  16. Grease a baking sheet with the remaining one tablespoon of the oil and place the burgers onto it.
  17. Bake the burgers in a preheated 220C oven for 7 minutes.
  18. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and carefully flip the burgers over using a wide spatula. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes.
  19. The fish takes little time to cook, and ground fish takes even less. Be careful not to overcook the burgers.
  20. Serve the burgers with rice or mashed potatoes.

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