These easy, homemade Spinach Burgers are a healthy weeknight option. Topped with grilled onions, shoestring carrots and a tangy thousand island dressing.
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 spinach burger recipe is ready in 15 minutes.
The love of these spinach veggie burgers began in Asheville, NC in 2000. I was living there, dating my now husband of 17 years and we frequented the Asheville Brewing Company.
Also called ‘the Asheville 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 and the potato salad to no end. I still do. Sigh…
We have visited Asheville several times since we moved away and they still make the spinach burgers, but the potato salad – much to my disappointment– has changed.
I’ll work on the potato salad recipe, but in the meantime I’ve managed to put together the spinach veggie burger recipe.
How to Make Vegetarian Spinach Burgers
Step 1: Squeeze liquid out of spinach + chop.
The hardest part of this recipe is to remember to thaw the frozen spinach! I don’t like to thaw it in the microwave, so I try to remember to start thawing hours before making these. Or putting the spinach in the fridge the night before so it gets a head start.
Step 2: Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Step 3: Mix salad dressing + prep toppings.
In addition to the homemade thousand island dressing and grilled onions, we LOVE adding oven roasted shoestring carrot fries. They add color, crunch and salty french-fry-like goodness!
Step 4: Form spinach burger patties and pan fry on each side.
While making the onions and carrots above, you can get these started on the stovetop.
These are also freezable for quick week-night meals!
Spinach, cheese, breadcrumbs and spices all topped with an easy homemade thousand island dressing.
- 1 bag, 16 ounces chopped frozen spinach, thawed
- 2 egg whites
- 1 whole egg
- 1/4 cup finely diced onion shallots preferred
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs panko or regular both work
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- buns or serve over mixed greens
- 1 large red onion, grilled
- 4 large carrots, julienned and oven roasted (or use store-bought julienned carrots)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder and salt (for carrots)
- 2 avocados, smashed
- thousand island dressing (see recipe below)
- slices of cheese optional
Thaw spinach, drain and squeeze excess moisture out. Chop the spinach into bite size pieces. (I know the spinach is already cut in the frozen packs, but giving it another chop helps keep the spinach from being stringy).
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.
Cook 3-4 minutes on each side until golden and firm. The onions can be grilled at the same time. Grill until soft and browned on the edges, flipping once.
To make the carrot shoestring fries, heat oven to 400F. Julienne the carrots or use store-bought julienned carrots. Toss with olive oil and 1 few dashes of salt and garlic powder. Roast until very brown on the edges, tossing once or twice, about 10 minutes depending on the thickness of your carrots. Keep a close watch!
Top with onions, carrots, avocado and thousand island dressing. Or whatever you plan on using!
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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