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The Best Halloumi Burger

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Grab your halloumi and prepare to make one of the tastiest vegetarian burgers around! This halloumi burger recipe is also great for weekly meal prep.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
£2.26
Makes: 4
mains
Mediterranean

The perfect vegetarian burger that won’t leave you craving a regular patty. This halloumi burger dish is flavourful, packed with veggies, and served with a delicious tzatziki dressing. You’ll also be serving these burgers on toasted sesame buns. These crispy halloumi burgers are great for any season but are especially fitting for dinners or picnics in the summertime.

A burger with golden browned halloumi slices, peppers, tomatoes rocket, sweet chilli sauce and tzatziki in a sesame bun.

Why you should try this recipe

Vegetarian burgers at restaurants can rack up calories quite quickly, especially when they’re covered in a creamy, decadent sauce. By swapping out the typical aioli or sriarcha mayo with a Greek tzatziki version, you can enjoy a restaurant-quality halloumi burger from home. Aka, I’ve found a way to turn halloumi burgers healthy!

Additionally, the Greek yogurt in this halloumi burger recipe ensures you get an extra protein boost during mealtime. With the number of veggies included in each grilled halloumi burger, each bite will be packed with nutrients making it a tasty, better-for-you sandwich.

Another bonus when making halloumi burgers is the prep time. Unlike other veggie burgers, which require blending or mashing ingredients together, you can slice the cheese and veggies in a few minutes. Pair these burgers with Sweet Potato Wedges, and you’ll have a well-rounded meal.

If you love halloumi, you’ll need to try these recipes: The Crispiest Halloumi Fries, Spicy Tomato Rice topped with Halloumi and Coriander and The Best Halloumi salad.

Ingredients

Ingredients to make halloumi burgers laid out on a pale blue background and labelled.

Halloumi Cheese
Halloumi cheese is the main ingredient in this recipe. However, you can use another similar cheese like paneer, feta, or queso panela. Using a replacement will change the flavour profile. You can even use halloumi to make my delicious Halloumi Curry!

Sweet Chili Sauce
Using sweet chilli sauce for your halloumi burger ensures the burger has plenty of flavour and a slight hint of heat.

Greek Yogurt/Cucumber and Lime
It boosts the protein and is the base for the tzatziki sauce. Though the texture will change slightly, you can also use non-dairy yoghurt. Cucumber is an essential ingredient for making homemade tzatziki sauce and the lime adds the freshness.

Sesame Buns
Any store-bought Sesame buns will do; you can also purchase gluten-free rolls if you follow a gluten-free lifestyle. Or, turn it into a more decadent burger by using brioche burger buns.

For the full list of ingredients, see the recipe card.

How to make a halloumi burger

Preheat oven to 392° F (200°C)

  1. Place the sliced peppers on a baking tray with a little olive oil. Season with salt and set the timer for 30 minutes (Image 1).

2. Remove from the oven and set aside (Image 2).

2 step by step photos, the first with sliced peppers on a foil lined tray and the second with peppers roasted.

3. Meanwhile, make the Tzatziki by combining the yogurt, grated cucumber, the juice of half a lime and a generous pinch of salt (Image 3).

4. Mix together until everything is fully incorporated (Image 4).

2 step by step photos, the first with a bowl of yogurt  with spatula and a grater on chopping a board and the second with the tzatziki mixed together.

5. Slice the halloumi into thin pieces and fry each side with a little olive oil for a couple of minutes to brown (Image 5).

6. Then toast/brown the sesame buns in a skillet or pan (Image 6).

2 step by step photos, the first with slicedhalloumi frying in a pan and the second with 4 half buns being browned in the pan.

7. Assemble the burger in this order (I spent way too long thinking of this, but it’s essential so just roll with it). Bottom ciabatta bun, teaspoon of sweet chilli first (Image 7).

8. Then add the roasted peppers, halloumi, tomato, Tzatziki,  rocket and top with sesame bun (Image 8).

2 step by step photos, the first with half a toasted bun with sweet chilli sauce on chopping a board and the second with peppers and halloumi added.

Or try these easy, airfryer recipes to serve with your burger : Airfryer Frozen Fries, Airfryer Hash Browns and Frozen Roast Potatoes

2 burgers with golden browned halloumi slices, peppers, tomatoes rocket, sweet chilli sauce and tzatziki in a sesame bun on wooden boards.

Tips for the best results

  • Fry the halloumi to give it that crispy texture and enhance its taste. Cook it over medium-high heat until it develops a golden-brown crust on the outside. 
  • Toast the burger buns will add a nice crunch and prevent them from getting soggy. 
  • Select toppings that complement the flavours of halloumi, such as fresh lettuce, ripe beef tomatoes, roasted peppers and a tangy sauce like tzatziki or a spicy aioli. Experiment with different combinations to find your favorite flavour profile. 
  • Serve immediately, as halloumi is best enjoyed when it’s hot and just fried in the pan and then assembled with all the toppings and bun.

Adaptations

If you’re vegan, you can make a few easy swaps to turn this halloumi burger into a vegan-friendly dish. Swap out the regular halloumi for a dairy-free option, like the Violife grillable cheese. Instead of using Greek yogurt for the tzatziki sauce, swap to a dairy-free option such as cashew yogurt.

Those on a gluten-free diet can enjoy this recipe with an easy swap. Instead of standard ciabatta bread, use a gluten-free version instead. The other ingredients are naturally gluten-free, so you should be able to keep everything else according to the recipe.

How to store a halloumi burger?
The best way to store a halloumi burger is by separating the elements. Keep the tzatziki sauce in an airtight container, the veg in separate containers, the buns in their bag, and the cooked halloumi in another container.

2 halloumi burgers with golden browned halloumi slices, peppers, tomatoes rocket, sweet chilli sauce and tzatziki in a sesame bun on 2 mini wooden chopping boards.

FAQs

Can I use the airfryer to cook the halloumi?

Yes place the halloumi slices in the air fryer basket and cook for 5 minute then flip over and cook for another 5 until crispy and golden.

Can I freeze/reheat a halloumi burger?

The short answer is sort-of. You can freeze certain elements of the halloumi burger, though you can’t freeze it already prepared and assembled. The veggies and sauce on the burgers will cause the sandwich to become soggy and unappealing if you freeze it together. However, you can freeze unused ciabatta buns, raw halloumi, and mixed peppers without issue.
 
When you’re ready to enjoy a sandwich, warm up the veg, buns, and halloumi. Then, assemble as normal. If you’re making sweet potatoes and halloumi burgers, you can reheat the sweet potato fries in an air fryer for a crisp texture.

If you tried this Halloumi Burger recipe, it would be mean so much to me if you could leave a review & a star rating to let me know how you found it! I love hearing about your experiences – it motivates me to keep creating more and more recipes for you guys 💛 Let’s get cooking! – Mimi x

The Best Halloumi Burger

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5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
£2.26
mains
Mediterranean
Servings: 4
Grab your halloumi and prepare to make one of the tastiest vegetarian burgers around! This halloumi burger recipe is also great for weekly meal prep.

Ingredients

  • 225 g halloumi (£2.70)
  • 4 tbsp Sweet chilli sauce (add to each bun) (£1.00)
  • 500 g 1 pot Greek yogurt (£0.48)
  • 1 beef tomato, sliced into rounds (£0.75)
  • 3 mixed peppers, cut in thick slices (£1.35)
  • 4 sesame buns (£1.20)
  • 150 gram Wild rocket (£0.80
  • ½ cucumber sliced (£0.48)
  • 1 lime £0.30

Cupboard Essential

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt

Method

Preheat oven to 392° F (200°C)

  • Place the sliced peppers on a baking tray with a little olive oil. Season with salt and set the timer for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the Tzatziki by combining the yogurt, grated cucumber, the juice of half a lime and a generous pinch of salt.
  • Slice the halloumi into thin pieces and fry each side with a little olive oil for a couple of minutes to brown.
  • When the peppers have 10 minutes left, toast the sesame buns in a non stick frying pan over a high heat for 2 minutes.
  • Once the peppers have charred nicely. Assemble the burger in this order (I spent way too long thinking of this, but it’s essential so just roll with it). Bottom sesame bun, tablespoon of sweet chilli, peppers, halloumi, tomato, Tzatziki, rocket, top bun. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Fry halloumi until golden-brown for crispy texture and enhanced taste.
  • Toast burger buns for added crunch and to prevent sogginess.
  • Choose toppings that complement halloumi's flavours, like lettuce, tomatoes, roasted peppers, and tangy sauces. Serve immediately for optimal enjoyment.

Nutrition

Servings: 4 servings
Fat: 27g
Calories: 600kcal
Carbohydrates: 58g
Protein: 33g

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