Grilled Salmon Mini-Burgers

Mini-burgers are the rage these days. You can hardly go into any restaurant and not find them on the menu. And I think that’s a good thing.

In times when bigger is touted as better, that’s not always the case, especially when you think about some of the monster burgers that are being served in fast-food establishments around the country.

Here’s a recipe for a grilled mini-salmon burger that should appeal to everyone, not just for people who are watching what they eat. Fatty fish such salmon, are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid, whose benefits include reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke while helping to reduce symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, joint pain and other rheumatoid problems, as well as certain skin ailments. Some research has even shown that omega-3s can boost the immune system and help protect us from an array of illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease.

Grilled Salmon Mini-Burgers with Wasabi Mayonnaise
1 pound boneless, skinless fresh salmon
¼ cup dry bread crumbs
2 green onions, minced, divided
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 egg white
1 cup finely shredded iceberg lettuce
1 tablespoon minced cilantro
¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon wasabi powder, paste or prepared condiment
8 whole-wheat dinner rolls (about 2½ to 3 inches in diameter), split and lightly toasted
Chill salmon well or place in freezer about 30 minutes or until very cold. Mince finely and place in mixing bowl. Add bread crumbs, 1 green onion, ginger, salt, pepper and egg white. Stir well. Shape into 8 patties, each 2½ to 3 inches in diameter.
Preheat grill or allow coals to burn down to white ash. Spray grill grate with nonstick spray coating. Grill patties over medium-high direct heat 2 to 3 minutes per side or until patties are lightly browned and set; do not overcook.
Meanwhile, combine lettuce, cilantro and remaining green onion. In another bowl, blend together mayonnaise and wasabi.
Spread about 1½ teaspoons mayonnaise mixture on each roll. Top with salmon patty and about 2 tablespoons lettuce mixture. Serve immediately.
Yield: Serves 8.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 180 calories, 27 percent of calories from fat, 6 grams fat (1 gram saturated), 32 milligrams cholesterol, 18 grams carbohydrates, 15 grams protein, 280 milligrams sodium, 2 grams dietary fiber.