spinach “burgers”


I promised something a bit more “booty-friendly” and here it is! These are high in protein, low in carbs and absolutely delicious. Now, if you’re not fond of green things.. stick around. I have something pink and fluffy later.

spinach burgers

Mix well in a bowl like this:

Now, form into burger-sized patties. (or you can do spinach balls)

Heat a non stick skillet over med-high. Spray with a bit of cooking spray.

Some may have to wait their turn, depending on your skillet size.


Serve on your choice of bread product, or eat them “naked”.

I you want to know how I like them, it’s with onion and ranch on a pita. maybe even a splash of hot sauce. That’s the ticket!

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4.8 from 10 reviews
spinach "burgers"
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  • 1 bag of thawed and well drained chopped spinach
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 whole egg
  • ¼ c diced onion
  • ½ c shredded cheese
  • ½ c bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Shape into patties and cook over medium high heat in a non stick skillet with a small amount of cooking spray.
  3. Patties are done when they are golden and firm.
  4. (About 4-6 minutes )

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  1. At SUNY Purchase, spinach burgers were served only on Friday. They were so popular, we kids would line up just for them. We couldn’t wait for the Hispanic cooks to get them out of the kitchen. It seems they were the only cooks who made them. These are pretty close to the “heavenly” spinach burgers of my youth at college.

  2. Fantastic. Increased the onion factor. Added a little feta to my shredded cheddar…and minced garlic. Olive oil instead of spray. Om nom nom.

  3. Diana, It’s the one that’s the size of a bag of marshmallows (lg) I don’t have any in my freezer right now to compare it to…but that is the “size” bag! :p Sorry for not being exact!

  4. made them tonight! really good! & healthy which is a major plus. If i could have made it better, I would have topped it with ranch or hummus

  5. This recipe looks amazing. I usually start with a “basic” recipe and tweak it to my family’s taste. I’m just wondering a couple things-If using a box of frozen chopped spinach how much/many do you recommend and how many does your recipe serve? This is an important question because, although my husband is practically fat-free (how rude!), he eats the same as three men-must be nice! Can’t wait to read more fabulous recipes!!!!

  6. I love this recipe so much. I make a big batch and keep it in my fridge for quick meals. I’m a grad student, and after a long day of work, class, and studies, it’s great to have something delicious, healthy, filling, hot, and easy. Thank you for sharing it!

  7. Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious! I was wondering if it was be okay to use fresh spinach instead of frozen?

  8. just curious what some who have made these ended up putting them on? Did you put them in a bun or did you use a pita bread? did you add any other toppings on top or just the spinach burger itself?

  9. My sweet boyfriend just made these for dinner and they were amazing! Thank you for posting this recipe. My same old veggie dinners were really getting boring.

  10. Could you make these without cheese? With onion or something instead? or is the cheese needed to keep them from falling apart?

  11. So happy I found this recipe! Great post! My cousin (she is Vegan) loves this recipe and doesn’t eat eggs. What else might she use to bind the spinach burgers together?? Thanks!

  12. So happy I found this recipe! Great post! My cousin (she is Vegan) loves this recipe and doesn’t eat eggs. What else might she use to bind the spinach burgers together?? Thanks!

  13. I found this recipe via pinterest and being newly vegetarian couldn’t wait to give them a try. We took out the onions (hubby won’t eat them) and added 5 cloves of fresh roasted garlic. SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD!

  14. How many average sized burgers will this make? Only 3 of us in our family, so wonder if I should halve the recipe? Sounds incredibly delicious!

  15. Just made and ate these. so good!! i ate them with a sweet potato which went perfectly! also, i didn’t have cheddar, but used parmesan (cause it was all i had) and they were still super good. 🙂 thanks for the recipe!

  16. Major props! Not only are these healthy and delicious, but both my 1year old AND my 5 year old loved them! Considering he said earlier today how much he hated spinach, that’s a major win. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  17. These are delish. Went through the first batch and now making the 2nd. Found them on Pininterest via my cousin!!!

  18. These….look…..AMAZING! As a vegetarian with an 8 and a half month old, I have trouble finding quick, good food that my husband and I can eat. I will be getting the ingredients to make these for dinner sometime soon!

  19. Just made these for dinner! Love this! Super easy for my Monday night dinner for one (make about 1/2 recipe). I only had feta and mozzarella cheese and it worked very well. Put on a whole wheat bun with “special sauce” (mayo + dijon mustard). Thanks for the recipe! Pinned this on Pinterest!

  20. These are sooooo delicious!

    I made a few changes: I also added a bit of cream cheese, used spring onions instead of onion and put a squeeze of lime in there. I also just used 3 eggs so as not to waste any.

    Next time I will use gram flour instead of breadcrumbs to make it even healthier, and maybe add peas and mint. I really recommend!

  21. These were amazing!! I needed to use up a bunch of fresh spinach that was about to go bad and this was the perfect solution! Next time, I’m thinking about adding some diced mushrooms…I didn’t realize how versatile they would be when I started making them, but now I can’t stop thinking of options!

  22. Were they too moist? Perhaps add some extra bread crumbs. If they were too dry, add one more egg white. That should work!

  23. My husband and I have tried 5 or 6 different veggie burger recipes, all of them being disappointing. Then we tried these and finally found a recipe that we both really like. And my husband is a picky eat so finding something he likes is no easy task!

    They’re so easy to make and they stay together really well while cooking.

  24. We subbed the cheese for tomato-basil feta… delicious! highly recommended. It doesn’t stay together as well, but it’s worth the fight to eat.

  25. Spinach burger nutrition information: Calories 130, Carbs 17, Fat 3, Protein 11, Sodium 939, Fiber 4.

    I put the exact recipe above (except I used nonfat cheese and 1/2tsp salt) into a recipe calculator on myfitnesspal and got the nutrition info that way.

  26. I apologize, the Sodium is actually 649 not 939. Don’t know how but I guess I fat fingered that one!

  27. DELICIOUS! Just tried it. I added black beans to the burger mix and I served it on a roll with avacodo, tomato and super fruit balsamic dressing with a side of sweet potato chips!!!

  28. I tried these tonight. I was AMAZING. With hummus, avocado and tomato between two slice of whole grain bread. Thanks for your amazing recipes.

  29. About to try these when I realized I only have fresh spinach. Should I simply chop it up? Or would sautéing it in light oil work?


  30. I loooove these burgers! I added just a smidgen of lemon zest and oh. my. word. It’s delicious!

  31. Hi mamakeith,

    Quick question – could I cook these on the grill/bbq? Have some vegetarian friends coming around to our summer bbq next weekend and thought these would be great?

    What do you think?


  32. Just made these for dinner — delicious! Don’t worry about having too much spinach (I used two bunches and it shrunk down to nothing). Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  33. These look great. I am going to try these with swiss chard. As a response to Jenna’s post, you could probably substitute chick pea flower for the bread crumbs to make them healthier. Though, it is not a 1:1 ratio.

  34. These were awesome, and I had all the ingredients on hand – which made it even better. Thank you!

    I customized by lightly sauteing the onions in advance and using reduced fat sharp cheddar.

    In case anyone else asks, the size of frozen spinach I used successfully was a 16 oz bag.

  35. I substituted cooked quinoa for the breadcrumbs and a bit of lowfat plain yogurt for the cheese to make these even more healthy. These are delicious!!

  36. As a huge veggie eater, I knew I’d love these burgers and I absolutely do! I think next time I’ll add a half packet of italian dressing mix for even more flavor. Super easy to make and just plain GOOD!

  37. Used fresh spinach and parmesen. About 5oz. of fresh yields 1 cup of cooked. These were amazing! Turned my spinach hating husband into a spinach eater. Well done.

  38. Hi, this recipe looks great and I’d love to try it out! I was wondering if it would work just as well if I used only egg whites to keep the recipe low fat? Thanks!

  39. I can’t wait to try these!!!!!!! We’re off carbs so I would have to eliminate the bread crumbs…maybe sub with almond flour?

  40. I’ve been making these for years and we love them!! I do it a little different. I use Stove top stuffing for extra flavor instead of bread crumbs and I don’t use cheddar cheese, feta cheese is amazing in these!! I also stir in some chopped pimento and sliced mushrooms… We eat them without the bun… When I was doing Weight Watchers, I had down that each small pattie was 2 points.

  41. I just made these tonight and loved them! I also added feta and did not use any red pepper. Next time I will use WAY less salt if any at all and I would like to add some mushrooms. Mmmm def a good recipe!

  42. I made these today while my 13 month old napped. So yummy! When she woke up I reheated them in the toaster oven and she ate THREE!

  43. I just made these tonight. All I have to say is MMM MMM MMM. They were so incredibly good and healthy, to boot!

  44. Sounds delicious…after being stuck indoors through hurricane Isaac, the family will eat up these greens fast!! Thanks for sharing, gonna make tonight!!!

  45. Was also looking for servings suggestions. Omitted onion. Ate with bbq sauce and coleslaw on toasted bread. Side of homemade baked beans and fries. Theme was cook out, but with spinach. Also tried with A1 steak sauce, also tasty.

  46. I’ve made these twice now, both times delish! I am making again tonight for a crowd, and going to add some ground spicy sausage to the mix for the meat eaters. Otherwise, my veggie method is to add finely chopped mushrooms and roasted red peppers, the rest is as-is on the recipe. They are scrumptious!! I’m thinking in a pita with tzatziki (spelling?) sauce would be great, or with a dollop of goat cheese on top, or…………….. well, anything! They are awesome!

  47. These are great! I just made them for lunch–I didn’t have red pepper flakes so I used a couple of shakes of hot sauce. Thanks for the recipe!

  48. Could i use something else to sub the bread crumbs?? My family is grain-free…so i couldn’t use anything with flours or wheats in it…even if it was gluten free.

    Any suggestions??

  49. Lauren, Could you use rice? I have seen rice bread crumbs… another reader used crushed pork rinds to replace the crumbs. Perhaps a cornmeal even? Hope that helps. 🙂

  50. Wow!! Made these tonight and they were amazing. Added some fresh garlic and chopped some cilantro. It was so good.

  51. Ran the recipe through a tool on Sparks (used cheddar cheese and white bread crumbs)

    Calories = 127
    Total Fat = 7.0
    Sat Fat = 3.9
    Polyunsat Fat = .5
    Mono Fat = 2.1
    Cholesterol = 63.6
    Sodium = 222.3
    Potassium = 218.9
    Carbs = 6.9
    Fiber = 2.0
    Protein = 9.9

  52. Just made these. Was out of onion (subbed onion powder – meh :|) and almost out of cheese, but used extra bread crumbs along with flax and hemp seeds. I also used two cloves of minced garlic and two whole eggs. Made some naan (I like it better than pita) and topped with mayo. They were good — just wish I had onion, and I may try them with ranch as well!

  53. A local restaurant that closed recently made these and I loved them. I have been looking for a recipe and thanks to Pinterest found this. Will be making for dinner tonight, my mouth is watering already!

  54. Oh my gosh! Delicious, quick, and super easy! Also a great way to use up some fresh spinach that’s a little wilted (beyond the salad stage). I did mine ‘asian style’ and used green onions instead of regular, and ate them over thin rice noodles with Sriracha. Yum!

  55. Made these last night! They were delicious! I added 1 tbs Chia seeds to add protein. Used Fresh spinach, just cooked the onion and spinach ahead to mix in.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  56. These spinach patties were amazing and so easy to make. I made a double batch which yielded 6 patties. I froze a couple of patties to see how they would hold up. They were just as good. I just let them thaw and then warmed them in the microwave. I prepared my burger just like I would with hamburger except I used those thin buns. They were so yummy and I didn’t even miss the meat. I estimated that each patty was about 138 calories. Not bad.

  57. Fabulous recipe. I can see doing all kinds of variations! The only thing that I would do different next time is to use a little less salt and red pepper flakes. I’ll definitely do them again and maybe with mushrooms like someone else mentioned. 🙂

  58. Yum! These are great! For even lower carb substitute parmesan cheese for bread crumbs (works every time)! I think I will try green opinions next time instead of a white onion! Double yum!

  59. I was just wondering if anyone had tried using fresh spinach to make these? If so, how much fresh spinach did you use?

  60. I tried fresh spinach, just a whole fresh bunch,but i thhink it was too mch, the burgers were falling apart all over the place. I think i asked on here what “1 package” meant, but i don’t think i ever saw the Answer, unless i just missed it

  61. I don’t think fresh will work to well. You would really need to get all the moisture out of the spinach. The frozen chopped is best and it is two boxes. You have to put the spinach in a cloth rag and squeeze all the water out for the recipe to work. Good luck

  62. I madr this recipe and I have to tell you it is amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂 warm regards from Mexico City

  63. I used fresh spinach and they are amazing. I also only used egg whites. I’m going to make some and try to freeze them, I may use frozen spinach for that.

  64. Loved these! Made them exactly as written except added fiesta lime seasoning and reduced the red pepper because the fiesta seasoning already had it! I used a 1 lb (16 oz) bag of frozen spinach and it made 7 burger size Patties. My only regret is not having any avocado! Found via Pinterest 🙂 thanks for a great recipe.

  65. I buy fresh organic tubs of spinich at costco, I chopped about half the container and used it with ground oats instead of bread crumbs. I added a table spoon of flax, real garlic, 2 egg whites, one whole egg and half a cup of light cheddar cheese. They were pretty flavorless but they still tasted good. Next time ill use some spices, probably more garlic. I had them on costco multigrain thin buns (100 calories) with a squirt of ranch and a slice of tomato 🙂

  66. I want to make these as appetizers on a mini muffin tray. Any suggestions as to how long to bake them and what temperature instead of pan fry?

  67. This recipe was fantastic!! We made it exactly as directed, but instead of making burgers, we pressed the mixture into a 8 X 8 inch pan and cooked for 30 minutes in the oven. Just so you know, our bag of spinach was 26 oz. and the cheese was 1/2 cup cheddar with shredded parmesan sprinkled on top.

  68. added grated zucchini in equal parts to the spinach and used a motza-chedder cheese mix. Served them on a sour dough bun with home made tzatziki on a bed of fresh baby spinach. Was amazing! I am an avid carnivore but this is something I think us perfect as it is.

    Thanks for the recipe

  69. I don’t know if anyone answered this yet, but I calculated that 1/6 of the recipe is about 100 cals. I used a low fat cheese too.

  70. Could u recommend swapping the eggs and egg whites with anything? I am vegan and don’t eat that but this seems like a superb idea

  71. I made this yesterday, got 6 patties out of it and only cooked one. I wrapped the other 5 patties in plastic and put in the fridge to eat the rest of the week. Is that okay to do?? or do I need to freeze them since theyre not cooked? How long will they stay fresh in the fridge for when they are uncooked???

    Thanks soo much!!!

  72. I made these today and they were delish and super easy! I used fresh spinach. My boyfriend loved them. We didn’t put them on bread or anything, they were great by themselves!

  73. I assume you could make these in small, Appetizer size, dip in egg white and coat in bread crumbs. Then either fry as directed or spray with cooking oil and bake?

  74. How much is one bag? They aren’t all standard so I’d appreciate if there was an actual measurement.

  75. These were absolutely delightful. I used 2 eggs and added some cumin, which is lovely with spinach. Reduced the salt some. I was surprised how well they hung together. Will definitely make again! Thanks!

  76. These are addicting! They only thing I did differently was saute the onions and garlic before adding them to the mixture. Cannot get enough of these!

  77. Thanks so much for this recipe! I’ve been making them fairly often for awhile now. I’ve made both ways, but prefer using panko breadcrumbs and extra red pepper flakes. Sometimes also add corn!

  78. I just made these tonight! They are really yummy. I am really glad they turned out ok. I had to use oats for the breadcrumbs, but i like the idea of the cooked quinoa like someone else said. I think next time I will add a little onion salt. These will be perfect for my busy on-the-go days!

  79. These turned out delicious! I added some parmesan cheese as well and thought it was a nice compliment. The ranch and raw onions were great on top. I’m thinking of adding some sliced mushroom next time for a bit more meatiness. Great recipe!

  80. I absolutely love these! I added in pine seeds for a bit of a bite and substituted the red pepper flakes with cayenne powder and they turned out amazing! I put them on a hamburger bun with a bit of tzatziki saus. I froze my leftovers and just now defrosted one and quickly baked it up. Delish!

  81. Could I leave out egg yolk and add extra egg white? I have to watch my cholesterol. These look great! Thank you!

  82. These are the best and I’ve made them many times! I like to add black beans or corn to the burgers. It’s also tasty to mix in a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard. I always use one box chopped frozen spinach for 4 burgers and freeze the formed patties uncooked until ready to eat, then fry them up in evoo!

  83. Can you make these vegan? Maybe nutritional yeast and a ground flax and water substitute for the egg whites?

  84. I made these tonight. I added swiss cheese, bacon and sauteed mushrooms on top. They were DELICIOUS.

  85. It’s really hard to find recipes my significant other likes especially healthy stuff. I made him try it anyways and to my surprises he liked it! With ketchup it taste more like a burger but we think it would be good with salsa as well.

  86. Love them. used 3 whole eggs and swapped the bread crumbs for a couple of tablespoons of flax seed meal.

  87. I’m going to try these tonight, but instead of bread crumbs, I’m going to use crumbled pork rinds.

  88. Just made these…AMAZING! I used fresh spinach, (sauteed) served on a bed of fresh raw spinach and topped with tomato, avocado, dill pickle and drizzled with some mustard. VERY good!

  89. Wow wonderful idea, I am vegetarian and had never thought of that, and it doesn’t seem complicated. Will definitely make these burgers. Thanks!

  90. These spinach burgers are so delicious!! I added chopped mushrooms. I will be making these again! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  91. I just made these and ate them without the bun! I treated them like flat meatballs with a bit of home-made ketchup! They were wonderful, thank you!

  92. I followed the recipe exactly how it’s here, adding Parmesan for the shredded cheese, and was extremely disappointed and very upset at the way they turned as I hate wasting food. They were extremely salty! And that’s the kind of thing that, as a newcomer to cooking, I can’t know. They’re also incredibly strong on garlic powder, and I’m not talking about a triviality, I’m talking about how I was unable to eat them. I really like the other ingredients though, and maybe in the future will try to make these again with only a pinch of salt and without garlic powder.

  93. Made this for dinner tonight. The whole family loved them. The kids devoured it and never even asked what was in it. I used shallot instead of onion and substituted rolled oats instead of breadcrumbs. Will definitely make this again. Thank you for this quick, easy, healthy delicious recipe. 🙂

  94. Going to make this burger…Ingredients tells me that it will be yummy. Thank you for posting this .

  95. I made these Spinach Burgers last night with some modifications, I sauteed some turkey bacon with some mushrooms and the 1/4 c onions and added them to the spinach.I used leftover cooked Quinoa in place of the breadcrumbs and added 1 chopped green onion, I then added about 1/2 to 1 tsp of Nutmeg to the mix. Being German, we always used this spice when cooking creamed Spinach. They were absolutely wonderful.Will be fixing them more often.

  96. Just made them for breakfast they taste great, I ate them ‘naked’ I added some flour and tuna flakes which made them even better!!:)

  97. I’ve just made these for the second time but have adapted the receipe slightly & just as scrummy!
    Instead of breadcrumbs I’ve used ground rye flakes & replaced normal cheese with low fat cottage cheese. Also added lots of fresh ground black pepper & chilli flakes & baked in the oven for 25 mins! All I can say is Om Nom Nom!

  98. I have been making these twice a week for the past two weeks..no joke! I fry the patties in a tiny dollop of coconut oil and changed it around a bit. I only had half a bag of spinach so i used only 1 whole egg, 1/4 cup of italian bread crumbs, chopped red onion and the seasonings. I omit the cheese and additional egg whites. So literally a handful of ingredients and these babies fried up and stayed together PERFECTLY!(with only one egg might i add). So i feel like i saved a few extra calories from the original recipe and these are my absolute fave recipe now! Thank you so much for sharing!

  99. I make these at least once a week. My husband, 3 and 5 year olds and myself love them SO much. Thank you for the amazing recipe!!!!!

  100. I’ve made these a few times and they are pretty good, however mine turn out very bland. I’m putting all the items mentioned. Is there an additional seasoning or ingredient I can put to increase the flavor?

  101. This looks very delicious. I’m trying to lose weight and I love spinach. Thank you for sharing this.

  102. I have been making these but just found out I am allergic to Spinach. Have you tried making with kale, collard greens, zucchini or any other green item?

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