Grilled Merguez Sandwiches With Caramelized Onions, Manchego, and Harissa Mayonnaise Recipe

Joshua Bousel

Grilled merguez on a toasted baguette with sweet caramelized onion, sharp Manchego cheese, fresh cilantro, and spicy harissa mayo makes for one insanely awesome sandwich.

Recipe Details

Grilled Merguez Sandwiches With Caramelized Onions, Manchego, and Harissa Mayonnaise Recipe

Active 25 mins
Total 25 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon harissa

  • 8 links merguez

  • 1 French baguette

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup caramelized onions

  • 1/3 pound Manchego cheese, grated

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro


  1. Mix mayonnaise and harissa together in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to medium-high heat, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill merguez over hot side of grill until browned all over and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer to plate.

  3. Slice baguette into four 6-inch portions and halve each portion lengthwise. Brush cut side of each baguette with oil. Grill baguette over hot side of grill, cut side down, until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Remove to plate.

  4. Top bottom half of baguette with 2 merguez links, about 2 tablespoons of caramelized onions, manchego cheese, and a few sprigs of cilantro. Spread harissa mayo on top half of baguettes and place on top of each sandwich.

  5. Place sandwiches on cool side of grill, cover, and cook until cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate or tray and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1245 Calories
74g Fat
92g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1245
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 74g 95%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 2150mg 93%
Total Carbohydrate 92g 34%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 53g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 474mg 36%
Iron 10mg 56%
Potassium 705mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)