Spinach and watercress veggie burgers


Spinach and watercress veggie burgers

These veg-filled burgers are great for a barbecue or summer lunch and perfect for getting greens into your little ones.  You can easily veganise this recipe by using vegan cheese and an egg yolk replacer.  

Course Main Course
Keyword Barbecue, burger, burgers, healthy, spinach, vegan, veggie, watercress
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Keri Astill-Frew


  • 2 onions finely diced
  • 125 g watercress
  • 125 g spinach
  • 5 slices white bread
  • 100 g cheddar grated
  • 40 g vegetarian parmesan grated
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To serve:

  • 6 burger buns
  • 1 red pepper deseeded and sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper deseeded and sliced
  • 180 g hummus
  • 180 g sour cream or dairy free sour cream


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan and add in the onions with a pinch of salt. Fry gently until cooked through then leave to cool.

Place the white bread in a food processor and blend until turned into breadcrumbs. Tip into a large bowl. Also blend the watercress until finely chopped then add into the same bowl. Repeat with the spinach.

Add in the cooled onion and cheese before mixing together. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Add to the other ingredients a little at a time until the mixture comes together. You may not need all of the egg. Add in a good pinch of salt and pepper.

Shape the mixture into 6 burgers then dust all over both sides with flour, tapping off any excess. The burgers can now be kept either chilled for up to 3 days before frying or frozen for up to one month.

Place the sliced peppers into a roasting tin and drizzle with vegetable oil before seasoning with salt and pepper. Place into the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the peppers are soft.

Heat another splash of oil in a frying pan and fry each burger for 2-3 minutes before placing on a baking tray and finishing in the oven for another 8-10 minutes. Slice the brioche buns in half then spread one half of each bun with hummus and one half with sour cream. Place the burger on the bottom half, then top with the roasted peppers and place on the lid. You could swap the hummus, sour cream and roasted peppers for any other toppings of your choice.