Halloumi Burger

Halloumi Burger

This vegetarian cheeseburger is a tasty accompaniment to grilled vegetables, green salad and a variety of salsas. It is suitable for Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, and Vegetarian diets.



These burgers are a vegetarian option that make a pleasant change to bean burgers. Grilled Halloumi cheese is a regular addition to many menus. This variation is good for any braai (barbecue) or grill and, in smaller portions, is a good cocktail snack.

Vary the vegetables added, eg grated fennel or courgette, pressing out excess water. The herbs and spices can be varied to your taste and availability, eg basil, chives or coriander.

Cook on a flat surface over a medium heat. Loosen from the cooking surface to prevent them sticking and to ensure they do not become too brown in colour.

Diets for which Halloumi Burgers are suitable:

Diabetic, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian.

Ingredients

Preparation: 15 mins | Cook: 10 mins | Serves: 2-3

2 tbsp flaxseed/linseed*
6 tbsp water*
125 gm Halloumi cheese
1 cup grated carrot
1/2 onion
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 lemon, rind and juice
1/4 cup chopped dill**
1/4 cup + chickpea flour
1 tsp cracked black pepper

Method

MIX the flaxseed and water, rest for 5-10 minutes for a gel to form.
GRATE the Halloumi cheese and carrot.
CHOP, finely, the onion.
GRIND the fennel seeds.
GRATE the lemon rind.
JUICE the lemon, a minimum of 1 tablespoon is required.
COMBINE all the ingredients (initially 1 tbsp lemon juice) and use your hands to mix them. ADD more lemon juice or a little water if the ingredients do not hold together as you shape into burgers.
SHAPE the mix into 6 burgers. (I find this smaller size holds together more easily and cooks more thoroughly.)
ALTERNATIVELY shape as small cocktail snacks.
HEAT the hotplate or frying pan to a medium heat.
COOK the burgers for 2-3 minutes, turning when a light golden colour.
COOK For a further 2-3 minutes.
SERVE hot or warm.

Serve

– As a burger in a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and other ingredients to your taste.
– With grilled vegetables.
– With a variety of salads, e.g. green salad, tomato salad
– As cocktail snacks with Mango Salsa.

Notes

* Replace the flaxseed and water with 1 large egg (not Egg Free diet).
** Replace the dill with oregano, basil

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