Halloumi Burger

So, let’s talk about halloumi. It’s a semihard cheese with salty and tangy flavour and has a spongy texture. I have to admit… I wasn’t really a fan of it due to its rubbery texture. Not that I refused to eat it – I just preferred to eat other things compared to my friends that would choose a restaurant purely because the word ‘halloumi’ was on the menu.

But this last year I have tried to give it another go. Why? Because you can have a ready meal in just 10 minutes and who doesn’t love that? But also, I’ve learned that if you serve halloumi with certain vegetables and dips – they can take over with their moisture and tenderness (in this case the honey sautéed onion and pepper and the tzatziki dip) – so that it overpowers halloumi’s rubbery texture.

Anyways, hope you enjoy this burger and let me know if you know of any good halloumi recipes. Bon Shabétit!

 

Ingredients

225g halloumi
1 red pepper
1 red onion
Romaine lettuce, 2 lettuce sheets for each burger
3 tsp honey
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
burger buns
1 tsp chili flakes

 

Tzatziki
3 dl Greek yoghurt
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 of a cucumber, grated
salt

 

Method

  • Slice the halloumi (I sliced it in 3 as I was serving it for 3 people but you can slice it in 2 if you are making it for yourself).
  • Slice the onion and peppers and sauté it in an oiled pan over medium-heat. Add salt and pepper and garlic powder. Once the vegetables have gone soft – add the honey and let it cook for another 1-2 minutes. Pour it over in a bowl.
  • For the tzatziki – just mixed the yoghurt, grated cucumber (also make sure you press firmly to strain any water), minced garlic and salt after taste.
  • Fry the halloumi in the same pan as the onion/pepper mixture and add some butter so it’s frying up in it nicely.
  • Take your burger bun and neatly stack all the ingredients and top it up with some chilli flakes if you want before you serve.