A salmon burger is a great way to BBQ this summer. This recipe is made up of salmon, lemon-caper aioli, goat cheese, and avocado on a toasted bun, and it is easy. As I was roaming the aisles of Costco the other day, I saw the beautiful salmon. It is wild Copper River salmon season right now, and the salmon alone is really amazing. However, I had been to a restaurant with my husband for my birthday back in January, and I still fondly remember the salmon burger I had there. It was one of those restaurants that let you build your burger however you want using ingredients from the meats, cheeses, vegetables and sauces categories. I built this burger that day and fell in love with it. I figured if I could put all the ingredients together off their menu, surely I could do it in my own kitchen. So, as this beautiful salmon came in season, this was the first recipe I tried. It didn’t disappoint. Actually, I made it about a week ago now. As my husband was looking over my shoulder as I was adding in the pictures for this post he said, “Oh man. That was a good sandwich. We have to make that again soon.” I’m all for it. We both loved it.
It was a beautiful product to begin with, and I’ll give you our simple method of preparing the salmon on the BBQ. We make a foil tray by laying out a big enough piece of foil and then rolling up the edges to create a lip. Lay the salmon on the foil, skin side down. Preheat the BBQ on high (500 degrees). Put the salmon the grill. Here are the cooking times that we follow, courtesy of Weber:
1/2″ thick = 3-5 min direct heat (450-550 degrees), turning once
1″ thick = 5-10 minutes direct high heat (450-550 degrees), turing once
1 1/4″ thick = 10-12 minutes direct heat (450-550 degrees), turing once
We didn’t flip it this time, so it is optional. When you pick up the salmon from the foil, the skin clings to the foil and comes off fairly easily. Turning it once does help in the foil removal process.
How can we go wrong with that?
The recipe is simple. Set out some goat cheese, avocado, and my own lemon-caper aioli recipe. I am not putting amounts because I like to just make a bowl of each topping and let people build their own sandwiches. We used a toasted Torta roll from Costco. I’m in love with their Torta rolls and use them for a variety of menu items.
I hope this gives a fun twist to that salmon you bring home. We are excited this recipes is now in our collection and will enjoy making it over and over again.