© Tina Rupp
Active Time
1 HR
Total Time
3 HR
Yield
Serves : 6

These moist and spicy burgers are from Zov Karamardian, the chef and owner of Zov's Bistro in Tustin, California. Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients: Everything is easy to assemble and can be made ahead. All you have to do is pan-fry the burgers just before serving.  All-Time Favorite Burgers

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a food processor, pulse the chopped salmon about 10 times, or until minced. Scrape the salmon into a bowl. Mix the mayonnaise with the fish sauce, sambal oelek, garlic, shallot, ginger, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, 1 tablespoon of the mint, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Add the mixture to the salmon along with 1 cup of the panko. Fold the salmon mixture together with a rubber spatula. With lightly oiled hands, pat the mixture into 6 burgers. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the lemon and lime juice with the vinegar. Add the sugar; stir until dissolved. Add the cabbage, cucumber, onion, red pepper and the remaining 1/2 cup each of cilantro and mint and toss well.

Step 3    

In a shallow bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of panko with the sesame seeds. Pat the mixture onto the salmon burgers.

Step 4    

In each of 2 large nonstick skillets, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil until shimmering. Add 3 salmon burgers to each skillet and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until well browned but barely cooked in the center, about 7 minutes.

Step 5    

Spread the Avocado">http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/avocado-aioli">Avocado Aioli on the rolls. Add the salmon burgers, top with the slaw, close the sandwiches and serve.

Make Ahead

The uncooked salmon burgers and the slaw can be refrigerated overnight.

Notes

Sambal oelek, an Indonesian chili-garlic sauce, is available at Asian markets and many supermarkets.

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