Joe's Special Beef and Spinach Scramble


This mammoth plate of food features three eggs, a half-pound of meat, and more than enough spinach. Apparently a late-night patron requested his spinach omelet include a hamburger patty, and this is what happened. In respect to good ol' made-up 'Joe,' I've kept the original portions, so feel free to share with a friend or three. This version is mostly meat and spinach, but if you want something closer to a classic scramble, then cut the beef and spinach amounts in half. This is how most restaurants that copy the recipe do it!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 large serving


  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • cup diced onion

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms

  • ½ pound lean ground chuck

  • ½ cup cooked chopped spinach, squeezed dry, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or more to taste


  1. Beat eggs, basil, and oregano together in a bowl.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onions with a pinch of salt in hot oil until onion is translucent, 4 to 6 minutes; add mushrooms with another pinch of salt. Saute mushrooms and onion until mushrooms are soft and brown around the edges, 4 to 6 minutes more.

  3. Stir ground beef, pepper, and salt into the mushroom mixture. Cook and stir until meat is lightly browned and crumbly, 1 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat. Push all meat to one side of the skillet and tilt the skillet so that the excess grease runs down to the bottom of the pan. Use a paper towel to blot the grease.

  4. Stir spinach into beef mixture and cook over medium heat until spinach is heated through, about 1 minute. Add eggs; cook and stir until eggs are set, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and top with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

879 Calories
60g Fat
14g Carbs
72g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 879
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 19g 97%
Cholesterol 715mg 238%
Sodium 613mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 72g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 402mg 31%
Iron 9mg 52%
Potassium 1287mg 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.