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I had the wonderful honor of hosting my maid-of-honor for dinner this past Friday night. Seeing as it was the end of the week, a Friday night, and probably one of the craziest days at work so far, I really didn’t have too much inspiration to cook something extravagant. I did remember there were a few cans of Trader Joe’s salmon that I could put to use and I’m definitely glad I did! Burgers seem to be the new Friday night meal lately, which is quite surprising seeing as we normally resort to big yummy slices of pizza.

Salmon Burgers

  • 1 (16 ounce) can salmon, drained and flaked
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 english muffins

In a medium bowl, mix together the salmon, egg, breadcrumbs, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, basil, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Form into 2 – 3 firmly packed patties, about 1/2 inch thick.

Psychedelic picture of the salmon mixture

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, spray with cooking spray. When the pan is hot, add the patties, and cook for 4 minutes per side, or until nicely browned.

We had them on toasted english muffins with a side of:

Black Bean & Corn Salad

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes or a tomato chopped and diced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 2 -3 TB fat-free Italian dressing

Drain beans and corn. Combine beans, corn, tomatoes, spices, and dressing and mix well. Refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving. Again, the longer it marinates, the better it tastes! Stir before serving.

Throwback to summer side dishes

As I’ve mentioned before, Richie is allergic to most fish, specifically salmon, so I heated up some leftover beef brisket that we had from dinner one night this week and made him a cheesy steak sandwich.

Friday night dinner: $0 spent, very easy, and more time to enjoy a lovely glass of wine with my best friend!

Hope everyone had a good weekend and are happy to say goodbye to Monday!

Have you ever had salmon burgers? Do you prefer a hearty beef burger more??