This halloumi burger is a fun summer dish that's bound to get your taste buds super excited!
Crumbed and fried halloumi, a zesty cabbage salad, tomatoes and aioli — all sandwiched between a soft bun. What's not to love?
Most veggie burgers can be a little "meh" in taste and texture. However, this halloumi burger is anything but that!
Crumbed and gently fried, the halloumi is definitely the star of this dish.
Soft, warm, crunchy cheese? Who's going to resist that?
Some people might think it's madness to use an iconic cheese this way. However, I think it's genius.
It's a very different take on a burger — and this is why I love it, and I'm sure you will too.
Related: If you love halloumi in your burger try my chickpea and quinoa burgers with halloumi
Halloumi — Make sure to use an authentic brand. You'll know it's real because the cheese will "squeak" when you bite into it.
Cabbage — finely shred the cabbage and dress it with some lemon juice and salt. It adds a lovely contrast to the tomatoes.
Tomatoes — because summer! Make sure they're ripe and juicy.
Burger buns — I like to use soft "round-ish" rolls. They're perfect for this burger.
Aioli — the secret ingredient! This creamy emulsion of garlic and olive oil brings everything together.
All the ingredients are pretty standard and can be found at your local supermarket.
Preparing the halloumi
To make our halloumi burger epic, we need to prepare the cheese.
- Dredge the cut halloumi slices in flour
- Dip it into the beaten egg.
- Cover it with the panko breadcrumbs.
- Lightly fry it on medium heat until golden brown and slightly soft.
- Make your burger.
Tips and Variations
The best tip I can offer you for making this burger is to use a good quality cheese. Also, when frying be wary of overcooking it that it gets too soft.
If you're not a fan of breading the cheese, try pan frying it or grilling it instead. It will still taste amazing.
While I think my halloumi burger is perfect, you can swap out any of the ingredients to suit your taste buds. It's a very flexible recipe.
- Use different greens instead of the cabbage — iceberg or Romaine are a great substitute.
- Add avocado — it will enhance the creaminess of the burger.
- Use sriracha instead of aioli for a nice spicy kick.
Explore some other recipes I have on the blog using halloumi in very creative ways:
Video - how to make it
- Dip the cut halloumi slices in flour, then dip it ino the eggwash and finally in the breadcrumbs. Ensure they are evenly coated - lay them on a plate lined with baking paper and place them in the fridge for half an hour.
- Preheat your oven to 80 deg C and line an oven tray with baking paper. Pour the olive oil into a small - medium sized pan. Fry the halloumi on a medium heat three at a time making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
- Fry them for 3 mins each side until they are golden. Drain the halloumi on a rack and place in the oven to keep warm (this ensures the cheese stays soft).
- Construct your burger by adding some aioli, the shredded cabbage, tomatoes, fried halloumi cheese and aioli.
- When you shred the cabbage add some salt and a squeeze of lemon - to give it a bit of a zing!