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Harissa Burger and Fries

  • by Katia Essyad

Enjoy this savory Moroccan-spiced burger with a side of crisp, classic french fries. Your taste buds will transport you to the North African Atlantic coast!

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Ready in: 40 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons Casablanca Market Moroccan Harissa, divided
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 pound ground beef 
  • 1/2 medium onion, 1/4” diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 4 medium-size burger buns 
  • 1 tomato, sliced 
  • Lettuce leaves, separated and cleaned 
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 5 russet potatoes 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste, for seasoning fries


  1. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon harissa and the honey. In another small bowl, stir together ketchup and 2 tablespoons harissa. Set aside both condiments.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, onion, garlic, salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons harissa and parsley until well combined. Form into four burger patties and put aside. 
  3. Preheat oven to 425º. Cut potatoes into 1/4” thick fries. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Spread fries on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Turn once and bake for 5 minutes more, until fries are browned and crisp.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a grill, grill pan or cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Once grill is hot, cook the burger patties 4-6 minutes per side, depending on your preferred doneness. Top each burger with one slice of fresh mozzarella, remove from heat and let meat rest for five minutes.
  5. Serve burgers on buns with harissa mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato. Season french fries with salt and pepper and serve hot, with the burgers and harissa ketchup.

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