Salmon, Black Rice, and Sweet Potato Burgers with Horseradish Mayo (+ a Huge Giveaway!)

Salmon, Black Rice, and Sweet Potato BurgersDisclosure: I was given a CUTCO knife set to give away on my blog in exchange for a write-up on my experience using the knives. All opinions are my own.

The saying that “a good knife is a chef’s best friend” is an absolute truth. My knives were given to me as a gift from my mom about 10 years ago, and I still remember the thrill of slicing such a sharp knife through a tomato for the first time (#foodgeek!). Tomato after tomato, I happily sliced away, in awe of how the skin didn’t give and wrinkle, the tomato didn’t squish, and the seeds and juices stayed fully intact. If I’m telling the full (embarrassing) truth, I recall bringing my mom into the kitchen and having her watch as I demonstrated (over-and-over again), how easily I could slice the tomato. It felt miraculous. She, already wise to this, simply smiled at how happy her gift had made me. Little did I know how life-changing this experience would be for me. In the time since I’ve had these knives, I’ve cooked more, I’ve cooked better, and my fondness for a quality knife has only grown.Salmon, Black Rice, and Sweet Potato BurgersMy knives are probably the most used tool in my house. True to this, I even travel with them most anywhere where I’ll be doing a fair amount of cooking—even when that means packing them in my suitcase and carting them on the plane. Don’t judge. Good knives make for light work. Take these salmon, black rice, and sweet potato burgers, for instance. They require a little bit more preparation, but it’s almost effortless when you have the right tools.

In April I attended an event put on by CUTCO. Several local bloggers, chefs, and foodie-types gathered at a culinary training centre where we made and shared dinner together using the CUTCO knives and their other kitchen tools. I have to admit, I was skeptical about trying out new knives. As you know by now, I love my knives, and I couldn’t see being convinced of the virtue of another. But as the night unfolded and I was able to experience using them first-hand, I found that more than one knife—and the vegetable peeler!—caught my attention. GF BunsWould I trade in my trusty Henckels (or L’s Wüsthofs) for a new set? Well… would you trade in your best friend for a new friend? Of course not. But you might invite your new friend to hang out with you and your bestie. And that’s what I did. The peeler and the trimmer have been getting some time in my kitchen along with the old Henckels and Wüsthofs, and everybody seems to be getting along swell. So while I won’t be getting rid of my old faves any time soon, for those of you who are in the market for a set of knives, I think the CUTCOs are definitely worth a serious look. If you need further convincing, they come with a lifetime warranty (no questions asked!). And my mom, a professional caterer and home cook extraordinaire, uses CUTCOs as her primary set.Salmon, Black Rice, and Sweet Potato BurgersSo that brings me to a really important question. Are you in the market for a brand new set of knives? If so, I have some pretty awesome news. CUTCO has given me a CUTCO Studio + 4 Set with Block (a $570 value!) to give away to one of my readers! Whoa!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you would do with a brand new set of knives and then click on the widget to enter. It’s really that easy! The contest is now closed.

Whatever knives you have, you should really consider making this burger. The recipe is a favourite of mine, very slightly adapted from a retreat centre I stayed at several years ago. The burger is good. And I mean really, really good… especially with the horseradish mayo. Don’t skimp on the sauce with this one, guys! Seriously. The burgers are perfectly good served sans bun (and with plenty of sauce!). But if you’re up for it, you can also do as we did and make these gluten-free buns.

Since good quality wild salmon is expensive, you’ll find that this way of preparing it really stretches your fish. One pound of salmon, which normally feeds about 4 people, will feed 8 people if made into these burgers. That’s good use of your salmon and your money! I recommend poaching one-and-a-half pounds of salmon, eating a piece freshly poached with your sweetie, and then moving on and making these burgers. I’m not trying to be bossy. I just don’t want you to miss out. Salmon, black rice, and sweet potato burgers with horseradish mayo is where it’s at this summer.

Salmon, Black Rice, and Sweet Potato Burgers with Horseradish Mayo (+ a Huge Giveaway!)
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Recipe type: Pesceterian, Gluten-free
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Serves: 8
 
If you want to impress your guests, make these burgers. And don't skimp on the horseradish mayo!
Ingredients
  • POACHED SALMON
  • 1 lb skinless wild salmon divided into fillets
  • 1 med onion
  • Half a lemon
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 6 cups water
  • SALMON, BLACK RICE, AND SWEET POTATO BURGERS
  • 1lb of poached salmon, in small dice
  • 1.5 cups mashed sweet potato (I roasted and blended mine, but you can steam it)
  • 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups cooked, cooled, black rice
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup oats (GF, if you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp of lemon zest
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1.5 tsp chili flakes
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tbsp grape seed oil, or more as needed
  • HORSERADISH MAYO
  • 1 cup mayonaise
  • 3 tbsp fresh, grated horseradish OR 2 tbsp bottled horseradish
  • ½ tsp tobasco, or other hot sauce
Instructions
  1. POACHED SALMON
  2. In a large, deep skillet, combine the onion, lemon, salt, and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes to let the flavours come together.
  3. Season salmon with salt and gently lower it into simmering liquid. The liquid should just cover the fish. Reduce to a very gentle simmer. Cover and cook until salmon is opaque throughout, about 5-7 minutes. Remove salmon from liquid with a slotted spatula and eat up, or set aside to cool if you're making the burgers.
  4. SALMON, BLACK RICE, AND SWEET POTATO BURGERS
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Place all of the ingredients in large bowl and gently mix with a heavy wooden spoon and your hands if necessary. The mixture will be a little thick, but will come together nicely. Form into 8 burgers. You may need to wet your hands for this.
  7. Heat grape seed oil over medium heat and cook the burgers until golden and crispy, about 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side. Place browned burgers on a cookie sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. HORSERADISH MAYO
  9. Stir all of the ingredients together in a bowl, adding more horseradish if you like a little more kick.

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38 Comments

  • I haven’t used Cutco knives before but I would LOVE to try!!! :) Great recipe by the way – sweet potatoes are seriously a wonderful thing!

    • Reply May 25, 2013

      Kris

      Sweet potatoes for life!

  • Reply May 24, 2013

    Janine

    I’d be chopping some rhubarb to make that galette you linked the other day. I’m going to have to try these burgers too sometime though!

    • Reply May 25, 2013

      Kris

      I’m trying to put rhubarb in everything right now! And yes, you should make these one day. They’re seriously fantastic.

  • Reply May 24, 2013

    mandira midha

    I would chop up onions, fresh thyme, and a fresh baked baguettes to make a lovely french onion soup!

    • Reply May 25, 2013

      Kris

      I love french onion soup.

  • Reply May 24, 2013

    Amelia

    What wouldn’t I do?! I’m a big fan of the Chilled Apricot Lentil Soup With Cantaloupe (served hot or cold) from Food & Drink.

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    New knives would make light work of the

    1 large onion, thinly sliced
    1 red sweet pepper, seeded and finely diced
    1 green sweet pepper, seeded and finely diced
    1½ cups (375 mL) canned or fresh diced tomatoes

    PICK ME!

    • Reply May 25, 2013

      Kris

      That soup looks good, Amelia. Nice pick!

  • Reply May 24, 2013

    Mike

    I would chop up some herbs and make homemade ranch!

    • Reply May 25, 2013

      Kris

      Ooh, homemade ranch! That sounds amazing.

  • Reply May 24, 2013

    Lorena

    I would continue on my healthy cooking spree – and try almost every recipe on your blog! I’ve already tried a few and they are pretty awesome. You’re inspiring.

    • Reply May 25, 2013

      Kris

      You’re so sweet, Lorena.

  • Reply May 24, 2013

    Renata

    I would surprise Sarah with a brand new set of amazing knives!

    • Reply May 25, 2013

      Kris

      Love it, Renata! What a great surprise.

  • Reply May 25, 2013

    charlotte

    What would I do with a new set of knives? Well the first thing that comes to mind is: hide them from my husband! I have a decent set of knives that have seriously scarred blades from his lack of reverence! Ha ha!

    • Reply May 29, 2013

      Kris

      My partner, L, loves this response the most. We have the same problem in our house. :)

  • Reply May 25, 2013

    Liz Blunt

    I don’t own a Cutco knife … yet. But if I did, I’d be slicing tomatoes easily!

  • Reply May 25, 2013

    Jenny G

    I do not own a CUTCO knife, but I sure would like to! We have an epic garden this year and there will certainly be a lot of slicing and dicing going on in my kitchen! A new set of knives would make that job so much easier!

  • Reply May 26, 2013

    Becca Entenberg

    I would chop tomatoes with ease!

  • Reply May 26, 2013

    Becca Entenberg

    I do own a Cutco knife!

  • Reply May 27, 2013

    Andrea

    I don’t own one but would love it!!

  • Reply May 28, 2013

    endwillnev

    I would be happier with all chopping and cutting in general!

  • Reply May 29, 2013

    Jessica

    Hmmm…I would make up some ratatouille I think. Oh, and try chop onions like Jamie Oliver- now that would be a triumph!

  • Love Cutco knives, but have never owned my own.

  • Reply May 29, 2013

    Liz Blunt

    I would be slicin’ and dicin’ onions!

  • Reply May 29, 2013

    Selina Penner

    I don’t own any cutco knives but I am seriously in need of some better quality equipment since I have switched over to cooking practically everything from scratch! I would love to be able to chop herbs up finely and all my veggies faster than I do now!

  • Reply May 30, 2013

    Danielle

    I do not own a Cutco knife, but it sounds great! Cool giveaway!

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  • Reply May 31, 2013

    Talia

    I would use new knives for the upcoming salad season! I can’t wait for the fresh veggies :)

  • Reply May 31, 2013

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  • Reply May 31, 2013

    Shannon C

    I had a Cutco knife a while back, but somewhere in the changing tides of roommates and moving, it was lost.

  • Reply June 3, 2013

    Heather k

    I would try very hard to NOT cut my finger while making fresh salsa this summer! And I cannot wait to make these burgers! We are always looking for a beef alternative. Thanks.

  • Reply June 6, 2013

    Betsy

    Hi – what is GF (mentioned as an alternative to oats)?

    • Reply June 6, 2013

      Kris

      Sorry Betsy, I shouldn’t have assumed that everybody knows that short form. It means gluten-free. Thanks for asking!

  • Reply June 12, 2013

    Ashley

    I would finally replace my budget-based set of knives from my University days, which even in their “glory days” couldn’t do justice to getting nice slices of tomatoes!

  • Reply June 14, 2013

    Caitlin

    I would love a set of Cutco knives! If I won them I would throw out my current set of beat up cheapie knives (hand me down from my parents that were my dad’s when he had just graduated college – over 25 years ago!!) and I would use them every day, making up reasons to cut more and make more food just to use them! I’ve been so envious of my mom’s Cutco set that she’s had since 2007, they’re perfect!

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