Go Back
+ servings
Aubergine & Halloumi

Aubergine & Halloumi Panini | The Best Vegetarian Grilled Sandwich

We love a good toastie here at Somebody Feed Seb. Our Aubergine Parmigiana-inspired grilled is one of our favourite lunches of all time! A real vegetarian treat, our Aubergine & Halloumi Panini features layers of rich tomato (or chilli) paste, squeaky salty halloumi and slightly charred aubergine rounds. We'll show you how we make it without a panini maker as well.
No ratings yet
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, British, Cypriot, Italian
Servings 2 paninis
Calories 764 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small aubergine cut into 1cm thick rounds
  • ½ tsp mixed herbs optional
  • 220 g halloumi sliced into 8
  • 2 panini rolls
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tbsp red onion chutney
  • 20 g parmesan finely grated, optional


  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan. Once hot, add the rounds of aubergine, sprinkle with a little salt, pepper and mixed herbs, if using. Drizzle another tbsp of oil all over. Fry for about 8-10 minutes until soft and slightly charred, turning once halfway. Then remove from the pan (reserve it for later)
  • In a separate dry pan, add the halloumi slices and fry on both sides until browned and crispy.
  • Cut the panini rolls in half. Spread mayo on the bottom and tomato paste on the top half. Lay the halloumi, then aubergine rounds (slightly overlapping), dot the caramelised onion chutney and sprinkle with the parmesan.
  • Heat the reserved pan. Close the sandwiches and add them to the pan. Weigh the paninis down with another heavy pan, or simply place a couple of tins or a cast iron skillet on top or the top pan. Fry for 1-2 minutes. Then flip the paninis and repeat.
  • Perfect served with a green salad for a satisfying lunch!


NOTE: if you like things spicy, use harissa paste instead of tomato paste. It's gorgeous!


Calories: 764kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 38gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 2315mgPotassium: 789mgFiber: 9gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 786IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 1369mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Aubergine & Halloumi Panini, Aubergine and Halloumi Grilled Sandwich, Aubergine Grilled Sandwich, Aubergine Panini, Grilled Sandwich Recipes, Halloumi Grilled Sandwich, Halloumi Panini, Panini Recipe, Vegetarian Grilled Sandwich, Vegetarian Panini, Vegetarian Panini Recipe
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!