Popeye Burgers with Spinach

Here’s a hamburger that Popeye would be proud of: a beef patty chock full of greens. 

Popeye's Wimpy Burgers

My eight-year old son is the resident “picky eater” around here. Almost everyone else will eat almost everything. At least without complaining. He doesn’t keep his opinions secret.

And he’s been known to gag on stuff that he convinces himself he doesn’t like. Even though he’s never tasted it.

So, his taste buds are often the growling dog that I try to sneak past when it comes to meal preparation. When he compliments a meal, I take note, dissecting it and contemplating how to up its nutritional value. When he said he loved my spinach meatballs, I remembered.

And then made spinach burgers. Bwahaha.

All the family loves hamburgers. When it comes to burger toppings, though, the kids can tend to skimp on the lettuce and tomato and pile on the condiments. I decided to put the greens in the burger!

The kids saw that the burgers had green stuff in them. And, yes, they were a little skeptical. But, they fought over the leftovers, so I guess that means they were a hit. Make them slider size so that little hands can more easily grasp them.

Burgers with spinach

I use bread crumbs to bind the ingredients and stretch the meat just a bit. If you use the heel of the sandwich loaf, you’re making good use of something that might otherwise be left for the trash.

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  1. Alicia S says:

    Good job with hiding the greens! My husband is the picky eater around here, and I’m always trying to get him to eat more healthy things. So I do a lot of hiding of veggies in stuff. I throw chopped spinach into spaghetti sauce, into meatloaf, into hamburgers and meatballs… you name it. In fact, meatloaf and hamburger patties are made the same at my house. I stretch the meat with oatmeal, diced tomatos, and a couple of cups of finely chopped (food processed) carrots, as well as chopped spinach. My husband (and his dad, who’s even pickier) loves them!

  2. I’ve stuffed burgers with lots of things but never thought of spinach or greens. I’m gonna give that a shot one of these days. Thanks!

  3. I have a picky eater too and he will not only gag but throw up. I usually stretch the meat by adding a small amount of pinto beans mashed up. It looks gross but taste good. My picky 6 yr old said it was better than McDonalds and he doesn’t even eat pinto beans so it worked out great for me. But when I make burgers again I will add some Spinach.

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