A thick spinach burger patty between a pretzel bun, shredded fresh spinach, sliced tomato, and mashed avocado on a black plate with a yellow and red toothpick stuck on the top of the bun

Savory Protein Packed Spinach Burgers

Thick, hearty, savory and delicious spinach burgers. Made with chickpeas and lots of flavors. This is the ultimate bean burger!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 6 Burgers
Calories 350 kcal
Author Linda Meyer


  • 30 oz chickpeas reserve the liquid from the can
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil or 2 water See Note
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 3 cups heaping cups spinach chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba bean juice
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

To cook the burgers

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 to 6 Hamburger buns see note


  • Shredded spinach or greens of your choice
  • Tomato slices
  • Mashed avocado
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  1. Drain (reserve the liquid) and rinse the beans and pulse 5 to 8 times in a food processor until they’re mostly creamy. There should be a few pieces of the beans.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil on medium-high heat and add the onion. Cook until translucent and soft, approximately 7 minutes. Add the garlic and spinach and cook until the spinach is just wilted. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add the onion and spinach mixture to the food processor along with the remaining ingredients and pulse 5 to 8 times or until the ingredients are completely combined. Remove the blade from the processor and dived the batter by 4 or 6 (depending on how large you want them to be) and form into patties. Refrigerate for an hour to set.
  4. Heat an oiled grill pan or skillet on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the burgers and cover with a lid. Cook for approximately 4 minutes per side, or until they’re nicely browned and have a crisp exterior. Make sure to cover them so they heat all the way through.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.

If you don’t like to cook with oil, you can sauté the onion and garlic in a few tablespoons of water, but don’t skip the oil for cooking the burgers unless you have a really good non-stick pan.

We like pretzel buns for this burger, or if you want to go lower calorie, use a large piece of lettuce to wrap it.

Nutrition Facts
Savory Protein Packed Spinach Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 325mg 14%
Potassium 529mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 8g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 4.6%
Calcium 12.3%
Iron 30.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.