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Hoppin John Patties on a plate with sliced tomatoes

Hoppin' John Patties with Herbed Tomatoes

Hoppin’ John is traditionally a combination of white rice and field peas or black-eyed peas. This recipe puts the two together in a patty and adds fresh tomatoes and herbs for even more flavor. Chock full of protein and fiber, this makes a hearty vegetarian meal. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword black-eyed pea recipes, hoppin john recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 (2 patties)
Calories 300kcal


  • 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp coarse salt
  • tsp black pepper

Herbed Tomatoes

  • 2 cups fresh grape tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup Vidalia or other sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • ¼ tsp coarse salt
  • tsp cracked black pepper


  • Make the herbed tomatoes. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients. Set aside. Let the flavors meld. This is a southern-style salsa.
  • Make the patties. In a large bowl, mash the black-eyed peas with a fork or potato masher. Add the rice to the bowl. Set aside.
  • In a medium skillet, heat half the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, bell pepper until soft. Add the sautéed vegetables and the remaining ingredients to the black-eyed pea and rice mixture. Mix well – you’ll want to use your hands.
  • Once blended, score the mixture into four equal parts. Create two equal patties from each of the parts. If the patties are too loose, refrigerate them for an hour or overnight.
  • Wipe out the skillet. Heat the rest of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the patties in batches and cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Top the patties with the tomatoes. Serve. 


Nutrition Info: 300 calories, 13g fat ( 2g saturated fat), 37g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 11g protein

What to eat with Hoppin' John Patties?

These fritters work really well solo because of the rice. But they are also delicious with the tomatoes on top. 
Another great option? Add some greens. My Easy Honey Cider Collard Greens would be a perfect addition to the plate. 


Calories: 300kcal