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Salmon Patty Sandwich

Total Time
Prep: 25 min Cook: 10 min.
Salmon patty sandwiches on everything bagels with cream cheese make for a savory, satisfying breakfast or lunch. Or pair them with a side of vegetables for a light weeknight dinner.

Updated: Jul. 18, 2024

Salmon patty sandwiches are a versatile and delicious choice for a quick weeknight dinner, nutritious lunch or barbecue option. This salmon patty sandwich features crispy, pan-fried patties, or croquettes, made from flaky pink salmon mixed with bread crumbs and seasonings to create a tender, flavorful interior. Canned salmon, or pouched salmon, is both economical and nutrient-rich, packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Serve these sandwiches with a fresh salad or crispy fries for a wholesome, satisfying meal.

Salmon Patty Sandwich Ingredients

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  • Egg: The egg binds the patties so they hold their shape and stay moist during cooking.
  • Bread crumbs: There are plenty of bread crumb options at the store, but we like to make our own homemade seasoned bread crumbs. You can also use panko or another substitute for bread crumbs instead. 
  • Seasonings: Garlic powder and smoked paprika give these patties an extra dash of flavor.
  • Salmon: Canned salmon is a great pantry staple. Often made with pink salmon, one of the major types of salmon, it has a ton of nutritional value and can be used in a variety of ways. If you want the extra nutrition, keep the skin and bones in!
  • Everything bagels: Using everything bagels adds a delightful crunch and burst of flavor to this croquette sandwich, with their blend of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, onion and salt perfectly complementing the rich, tangy patties. Whole-grain rolls, soft brioche buns or classic ciabatta would also work well. 
  • Cream cheese: Cream cheese adds a creamy, tangy layer that pairs well with the crispy patties. For alternatives, try Greek yogurt for a tangy, lower-fat option, avocado spread for a creamy, dairy-free substitute, or hummus for a unique, savory twist.
  • Toppings: This recipe uses tomato, red onion, capers and fresh dill to round out the sandwich, but feel free to use whichever veggies and herbs you prefer.


Step 1: Make the patties

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In a small bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder and paprika. Add the salmon and mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into two patties.

Step 2: Cook patties and assemble

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In a large skillet, cook the patties in oil over medium heat until browned, five to six minutes per side. Spread the cut sides of bagels with cream cheese and sprinkle with capers. Serve patties on bagels with tomato, red onion and, if desired, dill.

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Recipe Variations

  • Spice it up: Add chopped jalapenos or a dash of cayenne pepper to the patty mixture, and top with spicy sriracha mayo for an extra kick.
  • Make it burger-style: Use a hamburger bun or whole-grain bun, and add your favorite burger toppings, like lettuce, tomato and ketchup.
  • Try it with tuna: Swap out the salmon for canned tuna to create a different yet equally delicious patty. Combine with similar seasonings and ingredients, and serve with a tangy tartar sauce.
  • Add chopped veggies: Finely chopped red or green peppers, frozen corn, diced mushrooms and many other vegetables will add flavor and crunch to the patties. The trick? Cut the veggies into small, even pieces, and don’t use vegetables that are too firm, because they won’t cook in time.
  • Use an air fryer: For a healthier cooking option, you can make these air-fryer salmon patties.

How to Store Salmon Patty Sandwiches

To store salmon patties, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. For longer storage, freeze the patties by wrapping them individually in plastic wrap and placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to three months.

Salmon Patty Sandwich Tips

How do you keep salmon patties from getting soggy?

To prevent salmon patties from getting soggy, make sure the oil is warmed at medium heat. If the temperature is too low, the patties will soak up the excess oil, making them mushy. Another good tip is to be very gentle when forming the patties; this will help keep them from falling apart.

Can you use fresh salmon to make salmon patties?

Yes, you can use fresh salmon for these salmon patties. Simply prepare the fillet according to your favorite salmon recipe until it’s cooked through. Then flake it with a fork before proceeding with the recipe.

Why are the salmon patties falling apart?

There are a few reasons that salmon patties might fall apart as they cook. If the mixture is too dry, they may flake apart. Surprisingly, if it’s too wet, the patties will also fall apart! It’s a delicate balance of moisture and binding ingredients like eggs and bread crumbs. As you form the patties, look for a mixture that sticks together without sticking to your hands. If you’re having difficulty, try making the patties ahead and chilling them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to help them hold their shape.

What side dishes can you serve with salmon patty sandwiches?

For a light meal, try a green salad with a zesty vinaigrette, roasted or steamed vegetables or a side of creamy coleslaw for a refreshing contrast. For a more filling meal, these salmon patties go perfectly with a side of oven fries, rice or quinoa.

Salmon Patty Sandwich

Prep Time 25 min
Cook Time 10 min
Yield 2 servings


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pouch (6 ounces) boneless skinless pink salmon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 everything bagels, split and toasted
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • Snipped fresh dill, optional


  1. In a small bowl, combine egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Add salmon and mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 2 patties.
  2. In a large skillet, cook patties in oil over medium heat until browned, 5-6 minutes on each side. Spread cut sides of bagels with cream cheese; sprinkle with capers. Serve patties on bagels with tomato, red onion and, if desired, dill.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 656 calories, 25g fat (10g saturated fat), 152mg cholesterol, 1205mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 4g fiber), 34g protein.

I’m obsessed with smoked salmon on bagels with all the accouterments! Smoked salmon can get pricey, though, so I found this salmon croquette sandwich alternative. I could seriously eat it every day for breakfast. —Jessi Hampton, Richmond Hill, Georgia
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