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Spicy Keto Salmon Burgers with Lemony Kale

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I absolutely love these Keto Salmon, Courgette (zucchini in the US) and Chilli burgers. So simple to make and packed with protein and flavour. Plus I squeezed in some hidden vegetables to help up your veggie intake for the day.

Served today with a simple marinated kale salad but you could also try them with this Paleo Spinach Tabbouleh or Low-Carb Garlic & Lemon Roasted Broccoli. I also love them with some smashed avocado and a dollop of homemade mayonnaise. Feel free to customise the sides to your liking.

Option to make these Keto Salmon Burgers with tinned salmon if you don’t have access to fresh.

Hands-on Overall

Allergy information for Spicy Keto Salmon Burgers with Lemony Kale

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Pork free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs6.2 grams
Protein27.1 grams
Fat21.5 grams
Calories337 kcal
Calories from carbs 8%, protein 33%, fat 59%
Total carbs9.9 gramsFiber3.7 gramsSugars3.2 gramsSaturated fat3.6 gramsSodium299 mg(13% RDA)Magnesium79 mg(20% RDA)Potassium850 mg(43% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

Salmon burgers:
  • 1 medium zucchini (220 g/ 7.8 oz)
  • 420 g salmon, skinned and roughly chopped (14.8 oz) - option to use tinned salmon without the skin and bones
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos (30 ml)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (15 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley (15 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • 1 heaped tbsp coconut flour (12 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 small chilli pepper, or to taste (7 g/ 0.2 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 spring onions (20 g/ 0.7 oz)
Lemony Kale:
  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut (71 g/ 2.5 oz)


  1. Remove the skin from the salmon and chop fine. Remove the stalk and seeds from the chilli and dice.
  2. Grate the zucchini. Place in a muslin cloth and squeeze out the water. Spicy Keto Salmon Burgers with Lemony Kale
  3. Place all the salmon burger ingredients in a food processor and blitz until combined. If too wet add a touch more coconut flour and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. The mix should be firm enough to roll into patties (4 large or 8 small) but not too dry. Spicy Keto Salmon Burgers with Lemony Kale
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat, 4 minutes per side or until cooked through. Adjust the heat to ensure they don’t burn, flipping twice.
  5. Mix the dressing ingredients together in cup. Massage the dressing into the kale and allow to rest for 3 - 5 minutes to wilt slightly and let the flavours infuse. Top with flaked almonds. Spicy Keto Salmon Burgers with Lemony Kale
  6. Serve the salmon burgers with fresh sauerkraut and lemony kale. Option to serve with tzatziki or smashed avocado. Spicy Keto Salmon Burgers with Lemony Kale

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Salmon, raw
0 g22.7 g6.2 g153 kcal
Coconut aminos (substitute to soy sauce)
0.5 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Coriander (cilantro), fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Coconut flour, organic
0.3 g0.5 g0.5 g11 kcal
Lime juice, fresh
0.4 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Peppers, chile (chili), fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Spring onion, scallion, green onion, fresh
0.2 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Kale, curly, fresh
1.4 g0.7 g0.2 g11 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g6.8 g60 kcal
Sesame oil, toasted
0 g0 g3.4 g30 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.4 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Coconut aminos (substitute to soy sauce)
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Apple cider vinegar
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Almonds, nuts (flaked, sliced)
0.5 g1.9 g4.2 g47 kcal
Sauerkraut, solids only (fermented cabbage)
0.2 g0.2 g0 g3 kcal
Zucchini (summer squash, courgette)
1.2 g0.7 g0.2 g9 kcal
Total per serving
6.2 g27.1 g21.5 g337 kcal

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Food is one of life’s most powerful medicines. I’m a true testament that once you find the right approach for you, you can overcome poor health through the healing power of food.

I believe the secret to radiant health starts and ends with a healthy gut so my recipes are all grain, gluten and refined sugar free. Most are also dairy-free.

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Comments (8)

I made both of these dishes last weekend for my husband and I.  SO.  GOOD.  I wrung the zucchini out as much as I could but the patties were still quite wet so they pretty much fell apart in the frying pan.  So they didn't turn out looking great but the flavor was truly amazing so we were happy campers.  I whipped up a little sauce with mayo, horseradish and lemon to top them with and that was a great addition.  The lemony kale was so good too.  My husband even like it.  : )

I'm glad you both enjoyed it! 😊

Maybe I'm being blind but I can't see where it says how much zucchini to use? Thanks.

Oh no, it was me, thanks for spotting that! It's fixed now.

I don't see how much zucchini to use in the recipe, did I just over look that?

Hi Genevieve, it was missing but it's fixed now! Thanks! 😊

Sounds yummy, can't wait to try it. How much zucchini do you use in the burger? Thx.

Oh sorry, it was missing - it's fixed now! 😊