Spinach and Meat Patties

Source: What's Cooking? at USDA

Serving size: 2 meat cakes

Servings per recipe: 6

Enjoy these spinach and meat cakes over brown rice, and with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.

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  • 1 pound ground beef, or turkey, 7% fat (93% lean)
  • 16 ounces frozen spinach chopped (may substitute a 2 bunches of fresh spinach)
  • 1/2 onion (small, finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice


Cutting board & sharp knife, measuring cups & spoons, large mixing bowl, frying pan and spatula


  1. Preheat frying pan (no oil).
  2. Combine all ingredients except brown rice in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  3. Form mixture into 12 small balls. Place in frying pan and flatten into patties using a spatula.
  4. Cook over medium heat until cooked on both sides.
  5. Serve over brown rice.

More About Spinach

How to Select

Choose fresh, crisp, green bunches with no evidence of insect damage.

How to Store

Remove blemished leaves, rinse, dry and refrigerate in a plastic bag with some air holes for use within 3-5 days. You can also blanch, cool, and freeze spinach in plastic bags.

How to Prepare

Rinse greens in cold water. Pat leaves between towels or use a salad spinner to dry leaves. Add to salads, wraps, pitas, and sandwiches. Steam, microwave, boil, sauté, stir-fry, braise, or purée. Add to casseroles, soups, dips, sauces, and pasta, rice, and egg dishes. Cook with olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice.