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Salmon Wasabi Burgers

Health-conscience food does not have to be flavorless. These salmon burgers are made with a good dab of wasabi paste to get your nose running. With a reduced fat mayonnaise and a light vinaigrette tossed salad on top, these burgers will not weigh you down. Onion sprouts and radishes add a crunchy zest.

Ingredients 

3/4c chopped scallions, divided
2 cloves garlic
3t minced ginger, divided
1 1/2# salmon, skin removed, cut into large chunks
1T plus 2t soy sauce, divided
1 egg white
1/3c panko crumbs
1/2c reduced fat mayonnaise
1-2t prepared wasabi paste, or to taste
2T rice vinegar
2t sesame oil
1t sugar
2c torn baby spinach leaves, stems removed
1c onion sprouts, top half of package only
4 red radishes, very thinly sliced
6 whole grain buns or 12 slices of soft whole grain bread

Instructions 

In a food processor, chop 1/4c scallions, finely chop garlic and 2t ginger; add salmon chunks and pulse to very coarsely chop. Chunks should not be larger than about 1 1/2 inches. Remove mixture to a large bowl and very gently mix in egg white, 1T soy sauce and panko crumbs. Form into 6 equal size patties. Place on a baking sheet covered with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix mayonnaise and wasabi, set aside. Remove rack from grill and spray well with grill cooking spray. Return to grill and heat grill to medium. While grill is heating, mix vinegar, 2t soy sauce, sesame oil, 1t ginger and sugar in a small bowl or jar with lid. Mix well. In a medium bowl toss dressing with spinach, sprouts, radishes and remaining scallions. Place patties on grill. Grill on medium, 4 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Spread wasabi mayo on buns, top with patties and spinach mixture. Makes 6 burgers.

Comments 

If the salmon mixture sticks to your hands, rinse your hands in cold water between forming each one. Find onion sprouts in the produce section with alfalfa sprouts. Onion sprouts have a spicier taste than plain alfalfa sprouts. If prepared wasabi paste cannot be found, wasabi powder can be made into a paste with a little bit of water. The powder is less intense and will take about 1T or even more to equal the prepared paste.