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Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association – Salmon

Take Home Dinner Bags

As part of the grant we gave each 5th grade student a reusable grocery bag with all of the ingredients to make salmon burgers for their families.

Salmon Burgers PDF download in English and Spanish


  • 1 can (7.75 ounce) salmon, drained
  • 6 crackers
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoning packet, such as Grill Mates
  • 3 tablespoons mashed sweet potato


  1. Put 1 quart of water into pot and bring to a boil.
  2. While water is getting hot, peel sweet potato and cut into 1” cubes.
  3. Place sweet potato cubes carefully into the hot water and boil for 6-8 minutes until they are soft and a fork goes easily into the cubes. Drain
  4. Put the potatoes in a bowl and mash with a fork.
  5. Put the salmon in another bowl, breaking it up with a fork.
  6. Crumble the crackers and add to the salmon. Add 1 teaspoon of seasoning packet. Add 3 tablespoons of mashed sweet potatoes. Mix well.
  7. Form salmon mixture into 3 balls and then press flat to make patties.
  8. Lightly spray or oil a large skillet and heat over medium heat.
  9. Add the patties and cook until they are golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.
  10. Build your salmon burgers.
  11. Use the rest of the sweet potatoes as a side dish, adding butter and/or brown sugar.

This is a basic salmon patty recipe. The next time you use this recipe, feel free to substitute your own favorite seasonings, or add onions, grated carrots. Optional: instead of crackers, use breadcrumbs or corn flakes.

Additional Resources

Oregon Salmon Commission

Industry-funded state commodity commission representing Oregon commercial salmon fishermen.

Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant serves the state, region and nation through an integrated program of research, outreach, and education that helps people understand, rationally use and conserve marine and coastal resources.

Bonneville Hatchery

Bonneville Hatchery was constructed in 1909. In 1957, the facility was remodeled and expanded as part of the Columbia River Fisheries Development Program (Mitchell Act)—a program to enhance declining fish runs in the Columbia River Basin. The hatchery underwent another renovation in 1974 as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) mitigation of fish losses from the construction of the John Day Dam. In 1998, construction was completed on the Captive Broodstock Facility for the Grande Ronde Basin spring Chinook supplementation program.

Wy Kan Ush Pum (Native American) Salmon Activity Book
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing resources
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries – Chinook Salmon
Oregon Albacore Tuna Logo