Southwest Hatch Chile Salmon Burgers

June 18, 2015Katie

So last month was National Hamburger Month.

Who knew there was such a thing?  To celebrate, the good people of TOURISM Sante Fe sent me some Hatch green chile goodies and asked me to feature them in a hamburger recipe.

Hatch green chiles

You may remember my post titled “How to Roast Hatch Green Chiles” from last August.  August is the time when these bright green chiles start showing up in our grocery stores and there is quite the craze for them.

Hatch Chiles Whole Foods

So follow my lead and roast some yourselves or buy a bag of them already done for you like the picture I shared above. They impart major deliciousness in any recipe you put them in. If you can’t find them, try substituting Anaheim peppers for them instead. My friend Kelly (from Red Dirt Chronicles and Every Point on the Map) pointed out the similarities to me last year and I have to say, I agree!

Last night we used them to make salmon burgers.

Salmon Burgers with Hatch Chiles

And oh were they good!

Whole food Salmon Burger recipe with Hatch Chiles

To begin, get some really good salmon. I usually get Coho or Sockeye salmon and look for sales at Whole Foods and stock up.

Coho salmon filet

Have your fish monger remove the skin from the salmon, or gently pull or slice it off with a filet knife.

Then cut half of the salmon into chunks and put it into your food processor fitted with the attachment blade.

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Pulse it several times so that the consistency is pretty fine. This will help hold your burgers together.

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Next take the remaining salmon and chop it up into small chunks.

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Scrape the pulverized mixture from the food processor into a bowl along with the half you chopped.

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Take 3-4 of your chiles and cut off the ends, slice them in half and either scrape out the seeds, or just rinse them off under running water.  Cut each half of chile into thin slices then rotate your knife and cut them into little pieces.

Hatch Chiles cut

Add them into the bowl with the salmon, along with some other ingredients.

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Add in one pressed or chopped garlic clove.

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Add in a beaten egg.

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Also add in 2/3 cup of Panko bread crumbs (or almond meal if lo-carbing), Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 of a medium-sized lime and also its zest.Add in about 2-3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro and a pinch of salt and pepper.

salmon burger ingredients

Take a spoon or spatula and gently mix this up well taking care not to smash it too hard.

mix salmon burgers

Take your spatula and lightly press down to make the top of the mixture level in your bowl.

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Then draw two lines in the shape of a plus sign which will allow you to make even-sized patties.

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Take one pie section out of the bowl and roll it into a ball in your hands.

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Then flatten it on a platter or cutting board into a patty.

shape salmon burgers

Now this is important. Make sure you put your patties into the refrigerator for at least an hour or more so they can set up and solidify from the cold again. This helps keep them together when grilling.

Salmon burgers

At this point you can grill your salmon burgers in a skillet with a tiny bit of oil coating the bottom, toss them onto a grill pan, or my personal favorite – putting them in a burger basket and flipping them onto the grill outside.

Top them with some light mayo mixed with tabasco and layer on some lettuce, tomato and avocado slices for a truly different southwest-style burger!

Salmon Burgers with Hatch Chile Recipe

I really love the lightness of these burgers…and the flavor as well!

And aren’t the colors absolutely GORGEOUS?
Southwest Hatch Chile Salmon Burgers

Hatch Chile Salmon Burgers
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. wild salmon like coho, sockeye or king, skin removed
  • ½ c, roasted Hatch Chiles, seeded and chopped
  • ⅔ c. Panko bread crumbs or almond meal
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ medium-sized lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 T. cilantro, chopped
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • ½ c. light mayonaisse
  • 1 t. tabasco sauce
  • Good quality buns, avocado, lettuce, tomato for servin
  1. Place ½ of salmon, cut into chunks in food processor. Pulse until pulvarized.
  2. Chop remaining salmon with knife into small bits
  3. Mix both salmon mixtures together in bowl with chiles, Panko, egg, lime juice and zest, garlic, salt and pepper
  4. Lightly press salmon mixture evenly into bottom of bowl then divide with spatula marking a plus sign across bowl to evenly divide patties.
  5. Form each patty into ball in hands then lightly smash into patty
  6. Refrigerate at least an hour for patties to solidify
  7. Grill or pan grill or fry about 4-6 minutes per side.
  8. Works very well on outdoor grill using a grill basket.
  9. Mix mayo and tabasco sauce together
  10. Serve on buns with tabasco mayo, lettuce, tomato and sliced avocados

See what other wonderful bloggers are making featuring delicious burgers for Food Network’s Summer Soiree below!

Feed Me Phoebe: Greek Lamb Burgers with Mint Tzatziki
The Lemon Bowl: Filet Burgers with Tahini Garlic Mayo
Creative Culinary: The Canyon Creek Burger from Ted’s Montana Grill
Healthy Eats: Beef and Beyond: 6 Reasons to Cook More Burger
Weelicious: BBQ Chicken Burgers
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Crispy Mexican Black Bean Burgers
Homemade Delish: Stuffed Bleu Cheese Burger with Buffalo Sauce
The Mom 100: Buffalo Turkey Burger Sliders
FN Dish: Now, That’s the Stuff: Stellar Stuffed Burgers

Hatch Green Chiles recipe



  • susan @ the wimpy vegetarian

    June 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Oh wow! These look fantastic. I love salmon burgers, and these look right up my alley. Love doing #SummerSoiree with you :-)
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  • Ashley Matsko

    July 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you for mentioning Hatch Green Chile! We would love to send you a free box of our Hatch Green Chile to say thank you. If you're interested, please send me an email.
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