Need to know how to make a quick + healthy veggie burger?
To commence our journey with spinach this month, I will begin with a lunchtime favorite – Popeye Spinach Burgers. Topped with a homemade thousand island dressing, this burger is ready in minutes and delicious!
It all began in 2000. I was living in Asheville, NC. Dating my now husband of 13 years. We frequented the Asheville Brewing Company…what we called ‘the brew and view’ – you watch a movie while eating dinner. A perfect restaurant in my opinion. I strongly recommend you go if you’re in the area.
Anyways, they had these spinach burgers served with a side of potato salad. I loved them to no end. I still do. Sigh…
They still make the burgers, but the potato salad – much to my disappointment when we visited a few years ago– has changed. I’ll work on the potato salad, but in the meantime, I’ve managed to put together the burger recipe.
I may have a small addiction to these spinach burgers. The tangy combination of flavors make this one of my favorite easy-to-make meals. I hope you enjoy it too!
These spinach burgers are a family favorite. Spinach, cheese, breadcrumbs and spices all topped with an easy homemade dressing. These can also be made without cheese for any special diets.
- 1 bag, 16 ounces chopped frozen spinach, thawed
- 2 egg whites
- 1 whole egg
- ¼ c finely diced onion shallots preferred
- ½ c shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ c bread crumbs panko or regular both work
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- buns or serve over mixed greens
- red onion, grilled - for topping
- Toppings: sliced cheese, thousand island dressing (see recipe), grilled onions
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 2 Tbs ketchup
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Thaw spinach, drain and squeeze excess moisture out. Chop the spinach into bite size pieces.
Mix first 8 ingredients in a bowl.
Shape into patties and cook over medium high heat in a non stick skillet or stove top griddle coated with olive oil or cooking spray. Grill your onions at the same time!
Cook 3-4 minutes on each side until golden and firm.
Top with cheese, onions and thousand island dressing.
For Dressing: Mix all ingredients together. Enjoy!
This recipe can be easily doubled. Also, they can be made ahead of time and frozen for quick meals in a pinch!
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