Barra de pan with mini burgers on a bed of baby spinach {Recipe}

barra de pan with mini burgers on baby spinach

As a flexitarian, I have my share of red meat about once a week. It also helps as I have a deficiency in vitamin B12 and the best source is red meat. Often, I would combine it with plant-based sources such as spinach and avocado. And that’s exactly what I do in this recipe.

Life in Spain and barra de pan

In Spain, the barra de pan is a common bread. Basically it’s a white bread, often roundish in shape but can also be made into a baguette shape. We bought one of those and sliced it (we freeze the slices we don’t eat the same day).

I’m pleased to bring you another nomad friendly recipe for Foodie Fridays, using few ingredients and limited resources. In this recipe I did not even use any oil to cook. I was not going to buy a bottle of olive oil for only a two days’ stay!

Barra de pan - typical Spanish bread

Barra de pan – typical Spanish bread

At the local market in Barcelona, we bought spinach, vine tomatoes, and avocados. For lunch, I made mini burgers with beef mince  served on bread. Easy peesy!

Barra de pan with mini burgers on a bed of baby spinach – the recipe:

Equipment you need:

  • One chopping board
  • One knife (to slice both bread and tomatoes)
  • One bowl


  • 1 x vine tomato
  • 1 x avocado
  • A handful of baby spinach leaves
  • Bread slices
  • Minced beef (200g or less)
  • Any herbs or spices you have (I used cumin, thyme, salt and pepper)


  1. Wash the spinach and allow to dry
  2. Slice the bread so you have two ‘plates’ to serve the mini burgers on.
  3. Mix the spices and herbs into the beef mince in a bowl. Use your hands.
  4. Using your hands, roll the mince mixture into mini burgers. Squash enough so it holds together. [For any left over mince mixture, use to make meatballs for another meal.]
  5. Pan fry the mini burger. I didn’t have any oil, so I cooked the burgers as they are, there’s enough fat in the beef. A few minutes on each side, until cooked the way you like.
  6. Place the spinach leaves to cover the bread slice, then top with the mini burger on one extremity (see picture)
  7. Add a slice of tomato on the other extremity
  8. Add avocado chunks or slices
  9. Enjoy as soon as possible!

baby spinach leaves on bread
baby spinach and mini burgersI did not wait for the spinach to dry – we were so hungry!

mini burgers on bread with baby spinach and avocado
I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Easy to do, even for non-cooks and as you can see, it doesn’t require much to have a balanced light lunch. Even without butter and olive oil, the avocado is the healthy fat that provides the softness to make this mini burger on bread absolutely delicious!

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