A naturally gluten free burger can be tasteless, but this one is full of flavor and is a great way to hide vegetables! When I told my husband I was going to add spinach to our burgers his eyebrows raised appearing very concerned. I smiled, and reassured him he wouldn’t taste it. He enjoys spinach raw, as in spinach salad, but definitely not cooked, though he’d eat it by mixing it with other food on his plate. I served him his burger, along with a salad which contained zucchini, and he enjoyed both, but loved the burger! It’s on the sweet side, and you can omit the chipotle or hot sauce for kids, and possibly the onion, or saute the onion before adding to the raw meat. As you can tell from the photo below, the spinach is very hard to detect. Get to hiding those veggies!
A Healthier Gluten Free Spinach Burger
A plain burger kicked up a notch with very little heat, a bit of sweetness, tang and flavor. Just perfect!
- 10 oz. ground lean beef, turkey or bison
- 2.5 oz. baby spinach leaves
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons red or yellow onion, chopped finely
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Reduction
- 2 teaspoons gluten-free chipotle sauce recipe - may sub with 1 teaspoon regular gluten free hot sauce, to taste
- Rinse spinach leaves in cold water, preferably filtered water. Remove stems.
- Boil spinach for 2 minutes; strain; squeeze out excess water and chop finely.
- In medium size bowl add beef and top with remaining ingredients; with your hands or a spoon combine well. (hands are best)
- Shape into a burger and fry, grill or broil until it reaches the desired temperature.
Red onion is sweeter than yellow onion, and be a better option, especially for kids. I have made it with both and like the red onion the best. I made this burger prior to creating my Gluten Free Hamburger Bun Recipe. I used Udi's gluten free sandwich bread for this one. It tastes very close to bread with gluten. If you're grain-free, make sure you use a balsamic vinegar that is pure balsamic (made with grapes, and no added grains). When making the balsamic drizzle, it can be made with agave nectar/syrup instead of refined sugar.
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