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Peas grow abundantly in the State of Washington due to the cool climate. Every Spring I plant a garden and grow a variety of peas with much success. There is nothing like fresh peas from your garden that was raised by your own hands. My "Sweet Pea Bacon Burger with Smokey Sharp Cheddar Cheese" was born in the early summer of the pea harvest from my Washington garden. Gazing at the bowl of freshly picked peas, I had a childhood flash back. I could hear my mother saying "Eat your Peas ! please ! ". Most children would hide their peas, but I had to learn to eat mine. I would mix my peas with anything on my plate to hide their taste. I have grown to love peas ! I love peas ! As a parent, I have learned to be creative with my children to get them to eat their peas. Put peas on a burger and you solve you problem of getting your children to eat their peas. My "Sweet Pea Bacon Burger with Smokey Sharp Cheddar Cheese" is the American Burger grown in the backyard of Washington State.



Sweet Pea Mayonnaise Spread:

1 cup Mayonnaise
¾ cup fresh Peas, remove from pods (if not available use frozen peas that are thawed to room temperature)
2 tsp shallot, chopped
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp kosher salt

18 slices of pepper bacon, thick


2 lbs ground chuck
2 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper

Colavita Extra Virgin Olive oil, for brushing the grill rack and buns

6 slices of Smokey Sharp Cheddar cheese, 1/4 inch thick

6 Potato buns, split



Preheat your gas grill to high.

To make the Sweet Pea Mayonnaise Spread, combine the mayonnaise, peas, shallot, black pepper, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir together until incorporated. Set aside.

To cook the pepper bacon, place a cast iron skillet on the grill and heat until good and hot. Place the bacon in the preheated skillet. Cook the bacon until crisp about 7 minutes a side. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towels. Set the bacon to the side and let cool to room temperature. Remove the skillet from the grill.

To prepare the patties, gently combine the chuck, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Gently mix together using your hands. Divide the seasoned ground chuck into 6 equal parts and form into patties.

Brush the grill rack with olive oil. Place the patties on the grill, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the patties, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Place the thick Smokey Sharp Cheddar cheese slices on the patties during the last 3 minutes of grilling. Brush the buns with olive oil and place the buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly during the last 2 minutes of grilling.

To assemble the burger, slather the top bun with 3 tablespoons of Sweet Pea Mayonnaise Spread. Place the patties on the bottom bun. Place 3 slices of bacon on top of each patty. Add the bun top with wooden skewers and serve.

Makes 6 burgers.


Nothing like fresh vegetables from your garden on your burger. This burger creation reminds me of the Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham. Try the peas on your burger and you will be please. You will eat them in a box with a fox, etc. I like it Sam I am ! Enjoy