The struggle to find a killer non-beef burger is real. Getting the seasonings right, getting the texture right, nailing the patty shape — all definite challenges.

Lucky for you, we seized the challenge and lived to tell the tale.

Actually, one of our very own CAVA team members seized the challenge.

For the CAVA team, wellness — whether that means walking to work each day, or choosing an extra scoop of black lentils, or lifting for an extra 15 minutes one day a week — is important. Each and every one of our employees takes an extra step, whether through their dietary choices or through their workout routines — or through those hours they spend chasing their toddler around every evening.

So we sought to celebrate and enhance that outlook this summer with a series of monthly challenges. Our CAVA team members raised the bar in their daily steps, in their daily active minutes, in their inventive meal creation, and we wanted to showcase the results. This recipe comes to you directly from one of our team members, Brian Seidel, the General Manager of our upcoming McLean location. Now let’s dig in!

Lemon and Dill Salmon Burgers with Avocado Tzatziki

For the burgers:
1 ½ lb. skinless and boneless salmon
¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup minced red onion
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup CAVA Tzatziki
1 egg
2 tablespoons flour

For the Tzatziki:
8 oz. CAVA Tzatziki
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 ripe avocado

Pulse half of the salmon in a food processor until minced. Dice the other half and place both in a medium mixing bowl together. Add all other ingredients and mix. Form four 6-oz patties. Heat up ¼ cup olive oil in a pan and pan-sear the salmon burgers for 5 minutes on each side, until golden on the outside. For the avocado spread, mash one avocado into the Tzatziki, and add the lemon juice. Stir or whisk together until creamy. Serve burgers on a bed of spinach or a brioche bun. Top with avocado tzatziki and a sprinkle of dill.

You can purchase our line of small-batch dips and spreads at your area Whole Foods or other area specialty market. 

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