Lunchbox @ Noon: Guiltless Salmon Burgers

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Not in the mood for meat? Want to skip all things pork, turkey or beef related? If you are craving a burger, but don’t want the heavy feel, take a few tips from and make Guiltless Salmon Burgers!


1 pound skinless wild salmon fillet
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup sesame seeds
2 teaspoons peanut oil
4 whole wheat buns
4 slices tomato
1 1/2 cups baby greens

Remove and discard any bones from salmon, then cut into 1-inch pieces. In a food processor, pulse salmon just until finely chopped (do not overprocess). Transfer salmon to a medium bowl. Add mustard, mayonnaise, chives, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Form mixture into four 3 1/2-inch patties. Generously sprinkle one side of each patty with sesame seeds.

Brush peanut oil over bottom of a large nonstick skillet to coat evenly. Place skillet over medium-high heat. Place burgers, seed side down, in skillet; cook until sesame seeds brown lightly, 2 to 3 minutes, reducing heat slightly if necessary. With a spatula, gently turn burgers over and cook just until opaque in the center, about 3 minutes.

Transfer salmon burgers to buns, and top with tomato slices and greens.

Nutritional Information
Per serving (with bun): 346 calories (47% from fat); 18 g fat (2.5 g saturated, 7 g monounsaturated, 8.5 g polyunsaturated); 20 g protein; 20 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 60 mg cholesterol; 142 mg calcium

Source: – From the January 2006 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine

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