I make these with leftover cooked black-eyed peas cooked with ham hocks or smoked turkey from New Year's. I sometimes top with a fried green tomato or left over candied yams. Get creative with them. I've tried several variations. This is the basic version.

MAJIX
prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Max Servings:
4
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate.

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  • Mash the black-eye peas in a bowl with a fork. Crumble the bacon into the peas, and stir in the shallot, red peppers, and enough flour to make the mixture stick together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Form the black-eye pea mixture into 4 patties.

  • Melt the butter with the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties until golden brown and crispy on each side, about 4 minutes per side.

Tip

Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

324.87 calories; 16.38 g protein; 31.05 g carbohydrates; 6.25 g dietary-fiber; 0.68 g sugars; 15.17 g fat; 5.19 g saturated-fat; 27.98 mg cholesterol; 918.01 IU vitamin-a-iu; 5.91 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.17 mg vitamin-b6; 15.16 mg vitamin-c; 104.7 mcg folate; 43.5 mg calcium; 2.45 mg iron; 58.92 mg magnesium; 437.95 mg potassium; 1051.43 mg sodium; 0.31 mg thiamin; 136.53 calories-from-fat; 38 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 41 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 20 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 14 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat


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Nancy Kelley Harris
12/31/2012
grew up mighty poor meat was scarce on our table. my dad used to take the peas mash them up and put all the seasonings you would use to make sausage sometimes including some red pepper flakes added some flour i think anyway made them into patties and fried them up in bacon grease He called it pea sausage you would never guess it wasn't sausage. My dad has been gone many years I still make them sometime
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crystal
01/20/2011
these were really good I had some leftover black eyed peas that needed to get used up- they were dry beans of course soaked and cooked. I used my hand blender to mash them but left some a partly unmashed. I also roasted the red peppers myself. Next time I make them I think I will add more flour so they stick together better. Also I think they need a little bit of sauce. I will try a few out next time and see what I like best.
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Nancy Kelley Harris
12/31/2012
grew up mighty poor meat was scarce on our table. my dad used to take the peas mash them up and put all the seasonings you would use to make sausage sometimes including some red pepper flakes added some flour i think anyway made them into patties and fried them up in bacon grease He called it pea sausage you would never guess it wasn't sausage. My dad has been gone many years I still make them sometime
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crystal
01/20/2011
these were really good I had some leftover black eyed peas that needed to get used up- they were dry beans of course soaked and cooked. I used my hand blender to mash them but left some a partly unmashed. I also roasted the red peppers myself. Next time I make them I think I will add more flour so they stick together better. Also I think they need a little bit of sauce. I will try a few out next time and see what I like best.
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Carolyn Major
09/07/2010
Tasty! I used blackeyed peas with jalapenos which added just enough spice. My family loved them and say that the recipe is a keeper. The texture is very soft and I would like to make it a bit firmer.
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melissa
06/23/2011
Good recipe but I needed a LOT more than 3 TBS of flour. I frequently "guesstimate" my measurements but I think I used about 1 cup of flour to 3 cups of mashed peas. The mixture still never reached a consistency where I could make patties. I dropped a huge spoonful of batter into the hot pan waited for one side to cook and then turned it over with a spatula. I used the spatula to smash down the burger after flipping it to flatten it out some. With this change it is a really good basic recipe and a great way to use leftover beans or peas.
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Mandy
06/18/2011
I was plesently surprised with these! I fixed up a batch and served them with some fish and eveyone really enjoyed them! I pattied them out alot smaller and it seemed to work out great! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!
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scififreak
02/21/2014
I think this came out really well! Very tasty. Even my super picky grandmother liked it! I did make some modifications though... 1. We didn't have any shallots so I sauteed chopped brown onion and garlic. 2. We didn't have any bell pepper either but I didn't substitute anything for it. 3. I used a bag of frozen black eyed peas and boiled them with smoked turkey legs for flavor. Because of this and the bacon I didn't add ANY salt. Just black pepper. 4. I got 7 good-sized patties from the one bag of peas. 5. I only had about 5 strips of bacon so I used that (instead of a full half pound). 6. I dipped each patty in egg (one whole egg beaten) before rolling it in the flour. I honestly think it would have stuck mostly okay without it. I had none of the problems getting the patties to stick together like some of the other reviews mentioned. They may not have let their beans get soft enough or they didn't mash them enough. I also formed the patties from fully cooled peas.
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crystaldurairaj
05/17/2014
These were exactly what I was looking for - a vegetarian burger as enjoyable and satisfying as meat. Like some reviewers I did find that the flour was not enough so after having prepared everything else as directed I then added 1/2 C. unseasoned bread crumbs. I tried a small test patty and it didn't hold together very well. So I added one egg to the mix and that seemed to help. The only other addition was that I added about 1/2 tsp. cayenne for a little kick. Delicious! I'll definitely make these again. Oh and perhaps my patties were abnormally small but I got one dozen patties from this recipe and froze the extra. I ate these on homemade buns with cheddar and a scoop of salsa. Thank you for a great recipe!!!
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cbinks
01/25/2011
I improvised a little with ingredients on hand... but this was a great starting place! I also made more smaller patties because I like the crunchy bits on the outside so much.:) Thanks for sharing!
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Anonymous
01/03/2011
Awe some!! Yum yum!!
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