Sometimes, the best recipes are classic dishes with everyday ingredients. That's why we love these easy and delicious salmon patties. Salmon patties, also known as salmon croquettes, date all the way back to the era of the Great Depression. It was at this time that Americans' diets were lacking in sufficient protein and important nutrients. Then entered canned salmon, which cost very little. This pantry staple combined with simple ingredients made for a satisfying new meal.