Try this easy and tasty Grilled Halloumi Burger topped with roasted pepper, rocket leaves, red onion and sweet chilli jam.
Ready in only 15 minutes, this finger-licking stacked veggie burger is a great quick dinner, whatever the weather.
We’ve been promised lovely weather this week which has got me in the mood for more summery food and I couldn’t help but to share one of my favourite veggie burgers: the mighty Grilled Halloumi Burger with all the trimmings.
Now, I’m a huuuuge fan of halloumi (if you are too, then you must check my popular Warm Halloumi & Lentil Salad with Harissa & Honey Dressing) and I love cooking with it. Not just in summer either.
It’s one of the very few cheeses sturdy enough to be grilled (together with Indian paneer, another favourite of mine) which makes it absolutely amazing to enjoy as a burger.
It’s also a great ingredient to add more substance to salads, it makes mouthwatering skewers for your summer BBQ and it can be turned into fries.
To sum it up, it’s something you must try cooking at home if you haven’t already.
Making this burger is totally fool-proof and the magic is in the ingredients.
6 ingredients for Grilled Halloumi Burger perfection
- First things first, halloumi of course. Traditionally, it’s made from a mix of goat’s and sheep’s milk, although these days cow’s milk is also added for a slightly milder cheese. What you use is down to personal preference, depending on whether you enjoy a cheese with a strong tang or would rather go for something sweeter. I’ve also spotted that a couple of supermarkets have started selling a halloumi-like cheese made entirely with cow’s milk so that’s another option too. Also, if you are vegetarian like myself, double check that the halloumi you buy is vegetarian friendly (i.e. made with vegetarian rennet) as a lot of brands, especially made abroad, are not.
- Roasted red peppers. Because I wanted this recipe to be a quick dinner that you can put together in minutes, I used ready-roasted peppers from a jar. I always buy peppers in water/vinegar as opposed to oil as I find those too greasy to cook with (they’re great as antipasti though!). They’re not a super cheap ingredient but they’re packed full of flavour so a jar goes a long way.
- Rocket (or arugula for my peeps across the pond). Choose wild rocket (this is the strong-tasting variety) over the milder salad rocket and make sure it’s as fresh as possible to really bring that delicious peppery flavour to this Grilled Halloumi Burger.
- Proper ciabatta bread rolls. I don’t know why but there’s always so much importance being placed on the actual burgers that we often forget that the bread used is an integral part of the recipe. So ditch the playdoh-like seeded buns and choose real bread, preferably from a bakery rather than the supermarket. I promise you, you will taste the difference and you’ll never buy those sad-looking burger buns again. Can you tell I really don’t like them?
- Sliced red onion gives this Grilled Halloumi Burger a crisp texture and is a nice contrast to the rest of the ingredients.
- Finally, sweet chilli jam. This is an ingredient that’s never missing from our fridge as both my husband and I are a little addicted and basically use it as ketchup. I like to make it from scratch a couple of times a year using this recipe (it’s actually a tradition that our family and friends all get a jar at Christmas), but if preserving is not your thing, you can find it in most supermarkets. Failing that, Thai sweet chilli sauce will work just as well in this recipe.
How to cook halloumi perfectly – 3 easy methods
To make this Grilled Halloumi Burger, you have 3 options: you can grill the halloumi using a griddle pan, you can cook it using a frying pan or, weather permitting, you can barbecue it.
Start off by cutting the halloumi into slices. Make sure these are pretty thick as thin slices will likely stick and fall apart, especially if you are using a griddle pan or BBQ. Then you can:
- Heat a griddle pan and place the halloumi slices directly on it. Grill for about 2-3 minutes per side, until those golden brown stripes that you see in my pictures appear on the surface and the cheese has softened.
- Add the halloumi slices to a hot frying pan, no need to use any oil. Wait until they release some water and this water has evaporated (it should take about 2-3 minutes), before checking they’re browned to your liking. Flip them over and cook the other side for about a minute until golden brown.
- To cook on the barbecue, brush the halloumi slices with a little olive oil and carefully place on the grill for a few minutes on each side until lightly browned.
Whatever method you decide to use, make sure that you enjoy your Grilled Halloumi Burger right away as the cheese tastes its best when warm.
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- If cooking on a griddle pan, place the halloumi slices on a hot pan and gril for 2-3 minutes on each side, until those golden brown stripes have appeared on the surface and the cheese has softened.
- If cooking on a frying pan, add the halloumi slices to a hot dry pan. Wait until they release some water and this water has evaporated (about 2-3 minutes), before checking they’re browned to your liking. Flip them over and cook the other side for about a minute until golden brown.
- If cooking on a barbecue, brush the halloumi slices with a little olive oil and carefully place on the grill for a few minutes on each side until lightly browned.
- While the halloumi is cooking, slice the rolls and grill until toasted (or warm in the oven).
- Assemble the burgers by topping the bottom of each ciabatta roll with the rocket, roasted pepper and grilled halloumi. Top with slices of red onion and drizzle with a generous amount of sweet chilli jam. Serve hot with chips or a side salad.
- Not all halloumi is vegetarian friendly (i.e. vegetarian rennet) so check before you buy.
- Opt for roasted peppers preserved in water/vinegar as opposed to oil.
- Sweet chilli jam can be substituted with Thai sweet chilli sauce.
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