Burgers don’t have to contain meat to be delicious, filling and extremely satisfying! Halloumi is a perfect alternative for a meat patty. Our Sweet Chilli Halloumi Burger has it all – the saltiness of halloumi, the sweetness and the heat from sweet chilli and all the lovely textures of the veggies. Arranged in a buttery brioche bun, these are the most delectable summer burgers to impress any vegetarians and meat-lovers alike!
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Versatility of Halloumi
I honestly don’t know anyone who doesn’t like halloumi cheese. It is such a wonderful and very unique type of cheese that not many other things can compete or even come close to its distinctive texture and flavour. What is more, it is ridiculously versatile. We use halloumi in burgers, stews, salads and grain bowls (I am yet to come up with a halloumi dessert :)).
So What Exactly Is Halloumi?
Halloumi (sometimes spelt haloumi) is a semi-hard cheese originating in Cyprus and world-renowned for its chewy texture and salty flavour. This Cypriot cheese can be made with goat’s, cow’s or sheep’s milk, but the majority of halloumi cheese you will find in Europe and the US will be made with a mixture of all three. Because of its higher than usual melting point, halloumi is a perfect cheese to add to stews, grill, pan-fry or cook on skewers.
Who Doesn’t Like Burgers, Right?
I also don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good burger! Here, at Somebody Feed Seb, we are no exception and cook burgers on the grill outside in the summertime, and inside in our kitchen when the weather is starting to become gloomy (an option we often have to take here in North Wales).
Some of our favourite burger recipes include:
- Beetroot Burgers with Goat’s Cheese (Vegetarian)
- Vietnamese Burger Banh Mi Style
- Homemade Fish Burger With Tartar Sauce (Pescatarian)
- Asian-Style Satay Jackfruit Burger with Sesame Wedges (Vegan)
- Ultimate Halloumi Burgers with Chimichurri Mayonnaise (Vegetarian)
What are some of your own favourite burgers? We would love to hear about them and try them ourselves here! Leave us a message in the comments with your favourite recipes!
Ingredients and Substitutes
- halloumi: full-fat halloumi has the best texture for burgers.
- flour: for coating the halloumi.
- chilli powder: or cayenne pepper.
- oil: choose flavourless odourless oil, such as vegetable, sunflower or rapeseed oil.
- burger buns: we love brioche buns for these vegetarian halloumi burgers.
- avocado: ripe but not mushy.
- lettuce leaves: or spinach
- red onion
- lime: juice only
- sweet chilli sauce: we use Thai-style sweet chilli sauce, but chilli jam will also work.
Method: How To Make Swee Chilli Halloumi Burgers?
Gather all your ingredients. Slice the tomatoes, shred the lettuce and thinly slice the red onion. Cut the avocado into slices and drizzle some lime juice all over to prevent the avocado from browning.
Cut the halloumi in half sideways so you have two slices (there’s normally a crease where the block of halloumi tends to split naturally), and dab them with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
In a bowl, mix the flour and chilli powder. Roll the halloumi patties in the mixture and set them aside.
Heat a frying pan with a tbsp of oil. Once hot, add the halloumi patties and fry for about 5 minutes on each side until crisp and golden. Don’t move them too much or they will lose their crispy coating, but make sure they aren’t burning.
In the meantime, mix mayo, lime juice and sweet chilli in a small bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning if required.
Lightly toast the brioche buns. Spread some of the sweet chilli mayo on the bottom half of the brioche bun, and top with shredded lettuce leaves, avocado, red onion and tomatoes. Place a crispy halloumi slice on top and drizzle with the remaining mayo. Scatter some red onion and top with the other half of the brioche bun.
What To Serve With Sweet Chilli Halloumi Burgers?
This Sweet Chilli Halloumi Burger is sandwiched with four different salad vegetables already: lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and avocado, so all it needs is a good potato side dish! Try it with:
Other Halloumi Recipes To Try
If you are a big fan of halloumi (we sure are!), you may like some of our other recipes below:
- Mandarin & Halloumi Couscous Bowl
- Aubergine & Halloumi Panini | The Best Vegetarian Grilled Sandwich
- Creamy Sweet Potato, Halloumi & Leek Pie
- Ultimate Halloumi Burgers with Chimichurri Mayonnaise
Sweet Chilli Halloumi Burgers
- 225 g halloumi
- 25 g flour
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tbsp oil
- 2 brioche buns cut in half
- 1/2 avocado sliced
- 1 tomato sliced
- 2 lettuce leaves shredded
- 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
- 50 g mayo
- 1/2 lime juice only
- 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- Cut the halloumi in half sideways so you have two slices, dab them with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- In a bowl, mix the flour and chilli powder. Roll the halloumi patties in the mixture and set aside.
- Heat a frying pan with a tbsp of oil. Once hot, add the halloumi patties and fry for about 5 minutes on each side until crisp and golden. Don't move them too much or they will lose their crispy coating.
- In the meantime, mix mayo, lime juice and sweet chilli in a small bowl.
- Lightly toast the brioche buns. Spread some of the sweet chilli mayo on the bottom half, and top with shredded lettuce leaves, avocado and tomatoes. Place a crispy halloumi slice on top and drizzle with the remaining mayo. Scatter some red onion and top with the other half of the brioche bun.