Photo: Oxmoor House
Recipe from Cooking Light

Quick-pickled cukes give these burgers tart crunch. Panko and egg white hold the patties together. Use cilantro leaves on the burgers as you would ­lettuce for herby freshness.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 24 thin English cucumber slices
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1 (1-pound) skinless wild fresh or frozen Alaskan salmon fillet, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns with sesame seeds, toasted

Preparation

Hands On: 30 Minutes
Total: 38 Minutes

  1. 1. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add cucumber. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. 2. Combine panko and the next 7 ingredients (through egg white) in a bowl, and stir well. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, gently shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Press a nickel-sized indentation in the center of each patty.
  3. 3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add patties; cook patties for 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Brush tops of patties evenly with hoisin; cook for 30 seconds.
  4. 4. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun; top each patty with 6 cucumber slices and top half of bun.

Notes

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

David Bonom,
June 2012

Also featured in: Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!, Oxmoor House, 2013

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 324
  • Fat: 8.6g
  • Saturated fat: 1.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.1g
  • Protein: 29.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 30.1g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Cholesterol: 59mg
  • Iron: 2.6mg
  • Sodium: 473mg
  • Calcium: 89mg