Listen. Salmon burgers.

With holiday celebrations abounding, it's easy to get caught up in the red-meat-and-mashed-potatoes regimen. So, this time around I decided to try something a bit different.  Starting with these versatile Salmon patties from Trader Joe's (grill, bake, or pan fry!??), I set out to create a  somewhat healthier burger alternative.

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To start out with, I sauteed the burgers in a spicy Chipotle-infused olive oil. This was easier and faster than baking or grilling, and the olive oil locked in some flavor from the start, without the need for added calories from a chipotle mayo, or other spicy sauce.

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Trader Joe's pineapple salsa made an excellent companion for the Chipotle olive oil, adding just that little bit of sweetness and tomato that we've come to expect from the burger experience. Not only was the salsa lower in sugar than your usual Heinz, it clocks in at a measly 5 calories per tbsp. Take that, ketchup!

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As the burgers were cooking, I prepared the buns, adding the necessary finishings: a little something crunchy (yellow onion) and a little something green (baby spinach).

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Put it all together, and enjoy!

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