With this glorious weather in Chicago this summer (we deserve it!) there’s no sense in spending time in the kitchen. With the grill, I can cook Thursday night dinner and Shabbos dinner without ever entering the kitchen. And as for Shabbos lunch? Salmon burgers with miso dressing.

Salmon patties taste better on a fish plate.
Salmon patties taste better on a fish plate.

You could grill these directly on the grates, but cedar planks give the burgers an incredible smokey flavor. Plus, you won’t have to worry about mixing your fish with meaty grates. You can find cedar planks at the grocery, hardware store or anywhere with a decent grilling supply section.

The fat runs off when you flip it. Plus, it tastes good.

1lb. raw, ground up salmon (you can sometimes find it ground up or do it yourself in a food processor)1/2t paprika
2 cloves freshly minced garlic
1t finely chopped basil
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste
Olive oil

Soak cedar planks for two hours before use. Form salmon into patties on top of cedar planks.

Before heading out to the grill.

Add garlic, spices, salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over patties. Grill over medium heat for 20 minutes, flipping it after 10 minutes.


1T miso paste (I buy it at Whole Foods in the Asian food section. It’s expensive, but it lasts for months.)
3T sesame oil (can substitute olive oil)
1t freshly squeezed lemon
1/2t freshly minced ginger (can use ginger powder)
2 cloves minced garlic
1t soy sauce or Braggs Amino Acid

Whisk ingredients all together and pour over salmon burgers before serving. Great on salad too!


Read other smokey food recipes from some great kosher blog posts in this month’s Kosher Bloggers Linkup by clicking below.

3 thoughts on “Grilled Cedar Salmon Burgers

  1. Never thought to do burgers on a cedar plank but these sound great and the recipe is so easy! Thanks.

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