I guess one of the main worries of becoming a vegetarian is: “how am I going to survive when my friends are having a barbecue and a home-made burger?”. I know, I can tell. The perspective of not eating a juicy burger was not my favorite one into ma change of diet. And then this halloumi burger came along. This recipe (originally from Kitchen Stories and readapted in my kitchen) has, without a doubt, made me forget about meat burgers. With a deliciously marinated Halloumi “steak”, the sweet and spicy honey-mustard sauce and the freshness of the Greek-yogurt-cucumber-dill sauce this will be hit a mong veggies and non-veggies. And for the little historical anecdote, “halloumi” is a Cypriot semi-hard cheese made from a mixture of goat and sheep milk, and as it has a high-melting pot it is delicious fried or grilled.
The how-to Halloumi Burger
Halloumi Burger. And you start wishing you were vegetarian.
Tough to see your friends eating a juicy burger? Always worried when going to a barbecue? Fear not! This halloumi-based burger will make your friends drool over YOUR burger!
Pre-heat the oven at 180°C/350F°. It will be used to slightly warm the burger buns at the end of this recipe.
Slice the halloumi cheese into 4 large rectangles and put them into a plastic bag. Add 5 large spoons of vegetable oil with 2 pinches of curry, 1 pinch of turmeric, salt and pepper, and let it marinate while you prepare the other elements.
Peel the cucumber. Cut it in the middle and with a little spoon take out the seeds. Cut in cubes of 1 cm more or less. Put the cucumber into a bowl add the Greek yogurt, some lemon, a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. If you are a garlic fan, add a clove of garlic.
Peel the onion.
Cut it into thick slices
making onion rings.
In a frying pan heat the vegetable oil and add a spoon of honey. When the honey is dissolved add the onion rings and brown both sides of the onion. They will be slightly caramelized. Set them aside.
Prepare the honey-mustard sauce. In a small bowl, whisk the mustard with one spoon of honey. Slowly add the vegetable oil (4 spoons) and keep whisking until you get a smooth sauce. and set the sauce aside.
Add the buns in the oven and let them heat for 2 minutes.
Gently take the halloumi cheese out of the bag and put it into the frying pan (try not to break it). Empty the oil that is left on the pan and use it for heating up the halloumi. 2 minutes is enough.
Take the buns out of the oven and start mounting your yummy burger. First the bottom of the buns, than the cucumbers and the Greek yogurt. Continue with the onion rings and the greens. Add the halloumi slice and 2 spoons of honey-mustard dressing. Close your buns!
Serve it with a greens salad or with oven-made potato fries and enjoy your meal!
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