Salmon Burgers with Water Chestnuts (keto)

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These Salmon Burgers with Water Chestnuts are light and moist with added crunchiness from the water chestnuts and tasty sesame seeds. The low-carb salmon burgers are super easy to whip up and are beyond delicious.

How is this salmon burger different?

This gluten-free, keto-friendly salmon burger recipe is made with water chestnuts adding a crunchy texture to the salmon burger.

salmon burger, keto


The fresh salmon is first marinated for added flavour and is made with high protein and high fiber blanched almond flour and tasty sesame seeds.

What is a water chestnut?

Water chestnut is a crispy aquatic vegetable, not a nut. It grows in marshes underwater, in the mud. Nevertheless, this small vegetable is very impressive with numerous health benefits.


water chestnuts


Despite being low calorie, water chestnut contains several nutrients such as fiber, protein, copper, potassium, magnesium, riboflavin and vitamin B-6.

Water chestnuts are an excellent source of antioxidants. One antioxidant called ferulic acid shows some evidence that it can help reduce or slow the growth of cancer cells, as per Medical News Today.

Let’s talk about the salmon burger recipe…

To start, the salmon is first marinated with so much awesomeness; Green onions, ginger, fish sauce, fresh lime juice and a little mayo are mixed with the salmon. The mayo makes the fish burgers juicier. The fresh salmon is marinated for about an hour, or you can marinate it overnight.


marinated salmon


The remaining ingredients are then added to the salmon.

I added sesame seeds to this salmon burger. These tiny seeds add extra flavour and healthiness. The remaining ingredients are almond flour, eggs and fresh herbs.

Cooking salmon burgers…

These burgers are fried in a small amount of coconut oil or olive oil. I assure you the burgers are not greasy. Instead, they are moist and do not fall apart. 


cooking salmon burgers


You will need very little oil, just enough to cover the skillet. I used my cast iron pizza pan. I found it perfect because it is large and I could cook most of the fish burgers in one batch. I use this pizza pan for so many recipes, like our favourite gluten-free cast iron pizza with butter chicken.

The mint yogurt…

These keto salmon burgers can be served over a lettuce leaf, in gluten-free buns, or as appetizers. Whether you make them appetizers or burgers, adding a flavourful mint yogurt makes the salmon burgers exceptionally tasty.


fish burger with mint yogurt dip


The mint yogurt is zesty with a light mint flavour and is super easy to make. You will need a full-fat thick plain Greek yogurt, fresh mint, lemon juice, and I like to add some toasted sesame oil. However, sesame oil is optional. The dip is a perfect addition to this salmon burger.

Some of our favourite sides to add to salmon burgers…

If you want to keep this fish meal light, add a salad such as this classic Thai Celery and Fennel salad. For finger food, add some tandoori roasted sweet potato wedges.  For a juicy fish burger, serve it in a gluten-free bun with your favourite fresh toppings, or try our cabbage and fennel citrus salad. And a good dollop of mint yogurt.

To summarize…

This keto-friendly salmon burger is a healthy addition to low-carb and keto diets. This recipe is naturally gluten-free and is packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants and healthy nutrients.

sliced salmon burger, keto


The fresh fish burger can be served as an appetizer or as a burger. For leftovers, toss them with a fresh salad for a healthy lunch. Enjoy!


  • 1 lb. Skinless salmon fillet, roughly chopped
  • 4 green onions, white and green part, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. GF mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Fish sauce
  • 2/3 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh chopped herbs of choice (parsley, cilantro, dill, thyme, basil)
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground black or white pepper
  • Coconut oil or extra virgin oil for frying
  • 1 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tsp. Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Toasted sesame oil (optional)
  • Sea salt and GF ground black pepper to taste
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  • Combine salmon, green onions, ginger, lime juice, mayonnaise, and fish oil in a medium bowl. Marinate for an hour or overnight in the refrigerator
  • When ready, add remaining ingredients and mix to combine
  • Heat about 1/4 cup of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. For smaller burgers, use a large cookie scoop to drop the batter 1-inch apart in the skillet. For larger burgers, use 2 scoops. Do not flatten the patties, once you flip them over they will slightly flatten
  • Cook about 4 - 5 minutes per side until golden brown. You will have to do this in batches
  • Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate until you are ready to serve
  • Serve salmon burgers over lettuce leaves, gluten-free buns or just as they are as an appetizer with a dollop of mint yogurt.
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    3 Responses to Salmon Burgers with Water Chestnuts (keto)

    • Ron October 15, 2021

      absolutely delicious!

      • Kristina October 15, 2021

        thank you Ron.

    • Alena R April 26, 2022

      perfect for Father’s day, yum! I made these before they are so good, I especially love the water chestnuts for the crunch, and the flavour is just right.

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