green-pea burgers with lettuce and harissa mayo

These pea burgers were an overwhelming staff favorite. The peas become starchy and substantial when mashed with eggs, breadcrumbs, mint and shallot, so no bun...
By: Anna Becker / 09/01/2016 /

We’re serving these patties over pillowy Boston lettuce, and a mayo seasoned with harissa, a Tunisian chili paste, for a little spice and a pretty reddish color. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

What you'll need: 5 oz frozen peas 1 can chickpeas 1 shallot ½ oz fresh mint ½ cup panko breadcrumbs 3 oz mayonnaise 1 tsp harissa 1 lemon 1 head Boston/ bibb lettuce 2 Persian cucumbers coarse salt freshly ground black pepper olive oil 1 large egg

Equipment: strainer zester or microplane potato masher nonstick skillet

Recipe steps:

  1. Prep ingredients Drain and rinse chickpeas. Halve, peel, and finely chop shallot. Pick mint leaves from stems and finely chop leaves. Zest lemon. Trim ends from cucumbers and thinly slice.

  2. Make burger mixture Mash chickpeas and peas together (it’s OK if peas remain mostly whole) in a large bowl. Add shallot, mint, 1 large egg, panko, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper, and mix well to combine.

  3. Shape patties Form burger mixture into four ¾-inch thick patties.

  4. Cook burgers Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a nonstick skillet over medium. Add patties to skillet and cook until golden, 4–5 minutes per side.

  5. Make harissa mayo Place mayonnaise, lemon zest, and harissa in a small bowl and stir to combine.

  6. Assemble Remove stem from lettuce and separate leaves; wash and dry well. Arrange on a platter and top with half of the cucumbers and dollop with half of the mayo. Top with burgers, remaining mayo, and cucumbers. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing over. Enjoy!

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