Greek Spinach Patties

Greek Spinach Patties

Guys, have I got a delicious meatless Monday recipe for you! These Greek spinach patties are a terrific vegetarian meal for the family-light and flavourful, satisfying, and gluten-free.

Much like a traditional burger (when cooked properly) they are crispy on the outside (I like to sauté them in extra virgin olive oil for extra crispiness), moist and soft on the inside, and they don’t fall apart when cooked-despite the fact that they are made with gluten-free breadcrumbs. These Greek spinach patties are so easy to prepare and require only a few ingredients (most of which are probably stocked in your fridge and pantry right now) to make-fresh spinach, eggs, breadcrumbs, feta, dill, garlic, and onion.

Short list of ingredients, yes. Lacklustre, bland, and boring, no! Did I mention they only take about 15 minutes to make? Take that 30-minute meal! These patties defy quick dinner prep odds. Simply sauté some fresh spinach while you chop the garlic and onion, whisk the eggs, and heat some olive oil in a frying pan. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, form patties with your hands as you would a regular burger, and you’ve got yourself a 15-minute meal. But don’t stop there.

Transform this simple, easy-to-eat finger food into dinner party-worthy gourmet burgers by stuffing these Greek spinach patties into hamburger buns, and topping them with some sautéed mushrooms and onions.

Greek Spinach Patties

Despite their usual disgust for anything green as of late, and coincidentally their drawn our veggie hiatus, these Greek spinach patties were surprisingly a hit with the kids. These were served with a rich and creamy lemon dill Greek yogurt dipping sauce-which they happen to love so I knew it would help my case. Truthfully, I’m quite certain that the addition of the dipping sauce on their plates had more than what I’d like to admit with their willingness to give these a try. Now, in my defence, while they might have started off with a yogurt to spinach patty ratio of 3:1, once the yogurt was quickly consumed, they continued to eat the patties (*gasp) on their own.

Greek Spinach Patties

The best part? No suspicious looks, no facial contortions, and no whining! We love no whining at dinner time, don’t we?! Here’s my son anxiously waiting for his dinner. Not only is he photo-bombing my food photography shoot, he has a smile on his face. Now, is this the face of a child who just tasted a spinach burger and thought is was revolting?!

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If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me onInstagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

Greek Spinach Patties

2016-07-20
: About 8 patties
: 10 min
: 5 min

Guys, have I got a delicious meatless Monday recipe for you! These Greek spinach patties are a terrific vegetarian meal for the family-light and flavourful, satisfying, and gluten-free. Much like a traditional burger (when cooked properly) they are crispy on the outside (I like to sauté them in extra virgin olive oil for extra crispiness), …

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Greek Spinach Patties
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Ingredients
    400g (about 14 ounces) fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 tbs. dried dill
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 small onion, finely minced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta (or Parmesan)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
Directions

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan on medium-low heat for about 1 minute. Add the spinach and 1/4 cup of water, cover with a lid, and cook for 3-4 minutes or until wilted. (If the spinach won’t fit in the frying pan all at once, just divide the spinach into 2-3 batches).

In the meantime, whisk the eggs in a large bowl then add the garlic, onion, and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine thoroughly. Once the spinach is wilted, remove from the pan and set aside on a large plate lined with paper towels and let sit for 2-3 minutes to absorb any excess liquid. Once drained, finely chop the spinach, add to the bowl and stir to combine with the other ingredients.

Form palm-size patties with your hands, pressing together to ensure the mixture is compact. In the same frying pan, heat another 2 tbs. of extra virgin olive oil on medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the patties (in two batches if necessary) and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned and lightly golden. Serve with a Greek yogurt dipping sauce, or another accompaniment such as hummus or guacamole.

37 thoughts on “Greek Spinach Patties”

  • Helen Willey 2 years ago

    Dipping sauce recipe? Please?

    • Hi Helen! The dipping sauce is very easy to make. It’s made with Greek yogurt, with some fresh lemon juice and dill. We like it nice and simple! You could also add in some minced parsley or mint and/or capers.

  • Julia 3 years ago

    One word… AMAZING

    One French word … Incroyable

    One Italian word … Meraviglioso

    These were so delicious and filling! Loved them! They made perfect leftovers as well!

    10/10!

    • Glad you loved them! Thanks for coming back to the Blog to share your thoughts. They are great for leftovers, aren’t they? By the way, you speak Italian too? 😉

  • Those look like a great little healthy treat! I’ll definitely have to try this recipe out on the grandchildren! 🙂

  • Those look healthy and really tasty! I need to try making them, thanks for sharing!

  • These are a perfect “hamburger” replacement. I’ll have to give them a try. I’m trying to find new recipes that include veggies.

  • Mariah 3 years ago

    Yum, these looks delicious. Great tip to saute them in extra virgin olive oil for extra crispiness, I will have to try that!

  • WhispersInspire 3 years ago

    Hmm, I’d definitely try this out. Though I am not vegetarian, this looks so good.

  • Heather Pfingsten 3 years ago

    I have to admit that I’m not big on vegetarian dishes. However, after looking over the ingredients and spices and yum involved in this patty, I think it is something that I could easily sink my teeth into. Especially on a hot summer day!

  • These look very interesting, maybe have to give them a try. I am not a huge spinach fan, but willing to test them out!

  • These look delicious, I have to give them a try. They are a great for when you want to offer a vegetarian option.

  • I love this idea! I am always struggling to get my kids to eat more green but the patty looks like a fun shape for them! They sound good!

  • Amanda 3 years ago

    I absolutely love anything spinach so these Greek spinach patties are right up my alley. Will have to buy the ingredients the next time I am at the store.

    • Me too, I love the flavours of Greek food. You can also give these and an Italian twist by adding Parmesan instead of feta, and adding spices like basil and oregano.

  • Mitch 3 years ago

    It’s like individual spanakopita’s! I love this, I would make this for my family in a minute!

  • Jen R 3 years ago

    This is totally on point for my new diet that I was put on for my health issues. Totally making this.

  • My daughter loves Greek food and is gluten free. These would be a meal she really enjoys!

  • J-Man and MillerBug 3 years ago

    That actually sounds like it would taste delicious. I would definitely skip the feta and put Parmesan in instead, but it looks healthy and delicious.

  • I am such a big fan of spinach, especially on my burger. What better way to combine the two things I love without the meat! This looks like a fantastic recipe, I will be sure to try it.

  • Kristy 3 years ago

    This is a unique recipe! I would have never thought to create a Spinach Patty. I live in a house of picky eaters, but I just might be able to get them to eat these.

  • Robin Rue 3 years ago

    Those sound delicious. I definitely want to try these because I think my family will love them.

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer 3 years ago

    Well they are not the prettiest but they actually sound great. Not sure if my kids would eat them but I would love to try them. Packed full of goodness! Thanks for the idea!

    • Haha, true! How can you make green patties look pretty?! I’m sure the green wouldn’t appeal to the kids…but, if they could just get past the colour!!!

  • Patrece Robins 3 years ago

    Now, I have to admit that this is an interesting concept. I am not sure if this would work for my kids, but I can see myself eating it or at least giving this a try.

    • I think adults would definitely appreciate these more than kids, that is, unless the kids are veggie lovers! I’m waiting for the day when I can put veggies on their plates ALL the time and not have to worry about them complaining about it!

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