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Easy Air Fryer Salmon Patties – With Fennel Apple Slaw

  • Author: Amy
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Low Calorie


These super quick and easy Air Fryer Salmon Patties are packed with flavor and are so delicious. You can cook them in 8 minutes and they come out perfectly crispy and golden every time! Pair them with a creamy apple fennel slaw and you have a super healthy complete meal ready in no time!



For the salmon patties

  • 12 oz fresh salmon – see notes on using canned salmon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs – you can use gluten free breadcrumbs 
  • 2 tablespoons mayo – I used primal kitchen avocado mayo
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Olive oil spray

For the Fennel Apple Slaw

  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fennel
  • 1 small apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Prep the salmon. It is important to make sure the skin is cut off of the salmon. See notes below on how to do this yourself or you can ask for it to be removed when you buy it. Then, cut the salmon into chunks and place it into the food processor and pulse it a few times to break it down into smaller pieces that look a little larger than ground meat.
  2. Make the patty mixture. Add the salmon to a large bowl with the rest of the salmon patty ingredients and combine them all together into a thick but slightly wet mixture.
  3. Form the patties. Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to form the mixture into 4 even size round patties and place them onto a clean plate. To do this, fill a 1/2 cup measuring cup with some of the patty mixture then drop it into your hands and form it into a 1/2-3/4 inch thick round patty. Continue until you have formed 4 even size patties.
  4. Cook. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray and carefully place the burgers into the air fryer far enough apart so they are not touching. Then spray each patty with more olive oil spray. Close the air fryer basket and cook at 390 degrees F for 8 minutes, flipping them over and spraying them with more olive oil spray halfway through the cooking time.
  5. Make the slaw. Add the sliced fennel, cabbage, apple, onion and dill to a medium size bowl. Mix up the dressing ingredients (Greek yogurt, lemon juice and zest, mayo, mustard, vinegar, dill, honey, salt and pepper) in a small bowl and pour it all over the slaw mixture. Toss well to coat everything in the dressing and top with more chopped dill.
  6. Serve. Layer some of the Cole slaw onto a plate and place one of the salmon patties on top of the coleslaw. Top the salmon with a little plain Greek yogurt, squeeze of lemon, some chopped dill and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Yum!


  • If you are using fresh salmon then make sure it doesn’t have the skin on it. You can either ask the Fish Monger at the fish counter at your grocery store to remove it for you or you can do it yourself. To cut the skin off of salmon yourself, simply lay the salmon on a flat surface skin side up and while pulling the skin towards you, use a sharp knife to slice the skin away from the flesh of the fish while you are pulling the skin. This took me all of 3 minutes to do.
  • To use canned salmon in this recipe you want to buy a good quality wild caught canned salmon. You will need about a 12oz. Then you will need to open the can, drain the liquid from it, remove any visible bones and then mash it up in a bowl with a fork. No need to pulse it in the food processor. Then follow the rest of the recipe.
  • For easier clean up you can use an air fryer liner. I really like the parchment paper ones.
  • How to pick good fennel. You want to look for fennel that has dark green, long branches with a bright light green bulb that is free of dark spots and indentations.
  • You can buy pre-sliced fennel at most grocery stores. If you want to buy it and cut it yourself then check out this post on how to cut fennel.
  • To store these salmon patties, let them cool completely after cooking, then place them into an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a pan on the stove or in the air fryer at 360 degrees F for 3-4 minutes.
  • Category: Healthy Dinner Ideas
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: american