Turn hamburgers into healthburgers, with spinach!

Sinking into the juiciest of hamburgers can be quite an awesome experience, though I see and eat them all too often. Is it too many barbecues, my textural sensitivities, my being long accustomed to American food? Or is it that I’m too lazy to make the trip to a proper grocery store to gather the goodies for great eats? Probably the latter.

I’ve chosen to liven up the burger with a vegetable I used to fear as a child. Spinach. Stressed a bit more than I was at, say, five years of age, I surely could benefit from a little more spinach. A lush handful of vitamins and minerals, regulation of blood pressure that tends to soar when someone’s a bit too dumb, a boost to the immune system in the face of flu. I’m in. Also, my skin needs life. Spinach, I trust in you!

Here, I list steps to make fantastic spinach burgers. Perfect for vegetarian gatherings, church and school celebrations, and the workplace. As New Year’s approaches and resolutions to live healthier run wild in blogs and color the pages of personal journals, now would be an opportune time to try this recipe.

The Foods You Need

1 bag of thawed and well drained chopped spinach. While this one is organic, it doesn’t necessarily have to be!

Two egg whites. Here’s someone with nice, clean nails making the great separation.

Featured in its simplicity, 1 whole egg. No separation of yolks and whites.

1/4 cup of diced onions. Stay strong, and chop on.

1/2 cup of shredded cheese. What cheese you should use totally depends on what YOU like. I prefer cheddar. Some like Monterrey Jack.

1/2 cup of breadcrumbs. I’ve used crushed croutons as well and the result is just as great.

1 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1/2 a Teaspoon of Garlic Powder

NOW…

Mix all the ingredients I listed in a mixing bowl, like this one. It doesn’t have to be red. I prefer aquamarine.

Now, shape the mixed materials into the patties you see and heat them on a non stick skillet over medium high heat. Use a small amount of cooking spray. Small. Be sure to cook each side of each patty for a good 4-6 minutes.

And behold, a half-sandwiched spinach burger! This one has what I believe to be either apple or avocado. I don’t see why either wouldn’t work. I have mine with chipotle mayo. Sometimes I add a slab of cheddar cheese. The great thing about this healthy and easy-to-make meal is that you can add all sorts of customizations and it’s not likely to taste too overwhelming. Or weird.

Happy eating, and merry living. I particularly enjoyed this recipe in college as it was 1) Simple, and 2) A fun activity for all involved. If patties bore you, try spinach balls! There are so many opportunities to get creative with this. Feel free to let me know of any changes you make to this easy and tasty recipe!

Enjoy. 🙂

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