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Spicy Herb and Spinach Burgers

Spicy Herb and Spinach Burgers

burgers2‘Tis the summer season for grilled, juicy burgers and dinner out on the back porch.

Well, unfortunately, we don’t have a back porch.  Or a decent grill.  So when it came time to make burgers this week, I pulled out my trusty old cast iron grill pan, set it on my stovetop to heat up, and proceeded to set the kitchen table.

That magnificent grill and picture-perfect patio would have to wait yet another year.

The truth is I wasn’t much in the mood for burgers, but that’s what was up next on my menu plan.  And since ground beef was what I had set to thaw overnight in the fridge, there was no getting around stovetop burgers at our kitchen table that night.

As I was setting that table, I tried not to think about how boring dinner was going to be and how much I was just not in the mood for burgers.  In fact, I tried not to think about how much I wanted to go out for dinner instead.  Because when you don’t have the time, budget, or even the energy to eat out, it’s not worth dwelling on, right?

My husband had wrapped up work and come in hungry.  My one-year-old was pulling at my pant leg desperate for a morsel.  So burgers or no burgers, we were going to eat.burgers

I recalled a recipe I had come across for spinach burgers, so I added a couple handfuls of raw spinach to my ground beef.  It needed something else, though.  Some jalapenos, maybe?  Still, it was missing something.

That’s when I reached for my dried herbs.  And you know what?  Those burgers set to grill on my stovetop started to look pretty darn good.

Silly how just a little bit of green could change my mind about dinner.  That’s the beauty of herbs, though.  For most meals, I can throw in a teaspoon here and a tablespoon there, and I’ve effortlessly enhanced the nutritional value and appeal of my plate.

So, next time you find yourself pouting about what’s for dinner, go on and give those dried herbs a try. Our plates might have looked rather boring that night, but those herb and spinach burgers were quite satisfying.

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Spicy Herb and Spinach Burgers
Serves 4
Dried herbs give these burgers an exciting makeover!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
283 calories
10 g
117 g
16 g
27 g
6 g
289 g
801 g
2 g
1 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283
Calories from Fat 142
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 117mg
Sodium 801mg
Total Carbohydrates 10g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 2g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 lb. ground beef, preferably grass-fed
  2. 2 handfuls of spinach, chopped
  3. 1/2 onion, diced
  4. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 3 jalapenos, minced
  6. 2 t. cayenne pepper
  7. 1-2 T. dried herbs (I used a combination of alfalfa, dandelion, and holy basil)
  8. 1 egg, preferably pasture-raised
  9. 1 t. sea salt
  10. 1/2 t. freshly-ground black pepper
  1. 1. Prepare grill or heat a grill pan; meanwhile, mix all ingredients together.
  2. 2. Form into burgers and grill burgers according to preference.
  3. 3. Serve each burger on a homemade bun or bed of rice.
  4. Enjoy!
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