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{This post is sponsored by Kraft-Heinz. I’ve used their Philadelphia Cream Cheese to make these KILLER Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese, you will LOVE them!}

You know those select few recipes you make time and time again?Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese | #salmon #recipe #easy #healthy

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These burgers are going to become one of THOSE recipes. I’m talking week after week, month after month, you will continually find yourselves making these salmon burgers. To say that I am obsessed with them would be an understatement. I have made them twice in the last week alone, but as the weather continues to warm and the days continue to get longer, I can only see my obsession escalating.

Here’s the deal, not only are these salmon burgers healthy and delicious, they’re also incredibly easy to prepare. I’m talking fifteen minutes of prep time, then fire up the skillet, toss in the burgers, mix together some herbed whipped cream cheese and lastly, assemble everything on a toasted bagel…yup a bagel!

Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese | #salmon #recipe #easy #healthy

Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese | #salmon #recipe #easy #healthy

Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese | #salmon #recipe #easy #healthy

If you’ve never had the combo of salmon and cream cheese, let me just tell you that you are missing out. It’s got to be one of my favorite ways to eat salmon. I’ve been making blackened fish tacos with cream cheese for years, way before I started the blog. Basically, I took the same combination of flavors I use in the tacos and turned them into one epic burger. I also got a little fancy and added some fresh herbs to my whipped cream cheese. And what to use to hold all of this deliciousness together? I decided that a bagel would be the perfect vessel. And yes, the bagel is a MUST. I used a poppy-seed bagel, but I think sesame seed would be equally delish.

Last up, let’s talk about the toppings. I have a really hard time making fish or seafood and not putting it with something fruity and tropical, SO… I stuck to my instincts and added grilled pineapple, grilled jalapeños + sliced avocado (obviously) plus some fresh watercress.

Perfect fresh spring burger, right?!? So dinner? Tonight??

Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese | #salmon #recipe #easy #healthy

Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese | #salmon #recipe #easy #healthy

Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Burgers
Calories Per Serving: 812 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Blackened Salmon Burgers

  • 1 pound wild caught salmon skin removed
  • 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs use gluten free bread crumbs if needed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for cooking
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne more or less adjust to your taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper
  • 4 smaller bagels or brioche burger buns toasted
  • slices Sliced avocado grilled jalapenos + grilled pineapple , for topping (optional)
  • Microgreens watercress + pickled red onion, for topping (optional)

Herbed Cream Cheese

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil finely chopped
  • 2 teablespoons fresh dill finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • salt + pepper to taste


  • Add the salmon to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until it is finely chopped and similar in size to ground chicken. Alternately, you can chop the salmon very finely with a sharp knife.
  • Add the chopped salmon to a bowl with the Panko breadcrumbs, parmesan and olive oil. Mix with a spoon until just combined. Form into 4 equally sized burgers (or 2 large) burgers.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, dried thyme, salt and pepper. Sprinkle both sides of the burgers generously with the seasoning mix.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook burgers on each side until golden, about 3-4 minutes per side. Be gentle when flipping the burgers, as they are delicate.
  • Spread the bottom half of your toasted buns with the herbed cream cheese (recipe below). Top each bun with a salmon burger and then add your desired toppings. I highly recommend a slice of grilled pineapple! Add the top half of your bun. EAT!

Herbed Cream Cheese

  • Add the cream cheese to a mixing bowl and whip with an electric mix until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Stir in the basil, dill, parsley and a pinch of salt + pepper. This can be made a few days in advance and kept in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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Blackened Salmon Burgers with Herbed Cream Cheese | #salmon #recipe #easy #healthy

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  1. WOW just what I was searching for. Came hede by searching for coffee
    recipes with espresso

  2. My family are huge fans of bagels and lox for bunch, so this is the perfect adaptation for a dinner recipe. We’re stuck in a decade long rut of the combo I guess 🙂 Since I lack a good pan and am cooking for a larger crowd, I’m thinking of using the oven to cook the burgers. At what temperature and how long do you guess they should be in for? I really have no clue.


    1. Hey Mara!! I would say to cook the burgers at 375 degrees F. for 20-30 minutes. I have never tried this, so I am not positive on the times, but I think around 20-23 minutes should be good. Let me know if you have questions, thanks!

  3. I feel dumb asking this, but did you cook the salmon before cutting it up/blending in the food processor? Or did you do that raw and it cooked as a patty?

    1. HI! No you shouldn’t feel dumb!! But you do not cook the Salmon! Thanks Ashleigh let me know if you have any more questions!!

  4. I LOVE salmon burgers but haven’t made them in so long! I can’t wait to try this recipe! I may or may not throw some bacon on top as well 😉


  5. Just made this last night and it was AWESOME!!!!!! Not fishy in the least which is a huge barometer for me with fish recipes. Absolutely delicious. The hardest part was removing the skin. I just put it on top of a kale salad so I didn’t make the cream cheese. Next time I will make them as burgers. The only thing I changed is adding fresh garlic to the breadcrumb mix and not doing the granulated garlic. THANK YOU! It’s going right into my recipe rotations!

  6. Made these for dinner tonight. My wife loved them. Not my thing, but they were quick and the wife loved them. 🙂

  7. We really enjoyed these. They were very good. The only change I would make next time would be to add a little bit of salt and pepper to the salmon mixture too. I did cook them a little less than the stated time. The grilled pineapple and herbed cream cheese were delicious additions. Thanks Tieghan.

  8. There were times when I would literally make only ONE recipe for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For me, that’s curry and sweet potato kabocha pudding! LOL! BUT, these salmon burgers look AMAZING. I’ve never cooked salmon in any other way and these burgers are the perfect way for me to change things up!

  9. Yum! Bagels, cream cheese, and salmon go together like peanut butter and jelly. Perfect pairing!

  10. Now this is my kind of burger! And I love that you built this on a bagel…. so brilliant! 🙂

  11. I’m thinking you’re right Tieghan! This is definitely going to be one of those recipes. It looks delicious and love it on the poppy seed bagel!

  12. Oh my god, Tieghan! You did it again! This burger looks soo mouthwatering and I loved that you used a bagel instead of a traditional bun. I’m more likely to have a bagel waiting to be used than a bun so this is absolutely perfect. This recipe will definitely come in handy during the summer months with all those family gatherings!

    1. Right?! We always have bagels but never any buns!! I’m glad everyones liking the idea!! But that you Andrea!! I hope you love it!!

  13. What an incredible looking salmon burger! I love the added grilled pineapple & jalapeño too! Great idea using a toasted bagel in lieu of a bun! Have to make these!!