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Popeye Spinach Burgers with Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Spinach, cheese, breadcrumbs and spices all topped with an easy homemade thousand island dressing.

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Spinach burgers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 290 kcal


  • 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

Easy Homemade Thousand Island Dressing (yields about a cup):


  1. 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).

  2. Mix first 8 ingredients in a bowl.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. Top with onions, carrots, avocado and thousand island dressing. Or whatever you plan on using!

Thousand Island Dressing:

  1. 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!

Nutrition Facts
Popeye Spinach Burgers with Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 290
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.