Halloumi burgers

Halloumi burgers with zucchini fritters and mint pea pesto

Halloumi burgers

I love burgers. Oh yes, I do. However, stuffing my face with bread, bacon and red meat every day is not a healthy diet. 

Vegetarian burgers have gotten a bad reputation for being nutty, dry and often tasteless. I challenge this stereotype with my halloumi and zucchini fritter burgers with mint pea pesto. This salty, semi-hard cheese works perfectly as a burger bun while the mint pea pesto really compliments the smoked paprika and lemon. 

Halloumi burgers

If you have a food processor with a grater blade then this recipe will be even easier to make. These burgers are also going to make a welcome surprise next time you have a barbecue and they replace the standard (and rather questionable) tofu burger. All hail the new king of vegetarian burgers- HRH Halloumi.  

Halloumi burgers with zucchini fritters and mint pea pesto
A delicious alternative to bland vegetarian burgers.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 block of sliced Halloumi
  2. Smoked paprika
  3. 1 lemon
  4. 3 tablespoons chopped Mint leaves
  5. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 1 garlic clove
  7. 1/4 cup pine nuts
  8. 1 1/2 cups of peas
  9. 1 zucchini
  10. 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  11. 1 egg
  12. Salt
  13. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Grate the zucchini into thin slices before mixing it with the breadcrumbs, egg, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika and 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  2. Scoop the zucchini mixture together with your hands and measure each fritter to the size of your halloumi
  3. Season each slice of halloumi with a tablespoon of oil and 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  4. Fry the zucchini over a medium heat on a skillet, while the zucchini fritters are cooking on one side of the pan, cook the halloumi slices on the other
  5. For the mint pea pesto, mix the peas, 2 tablespoons of mint, olive oil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor
  6. Assemble the burgers by putting a zucchini fritter onto one cooked slice of halloumi, top the fritter with a scoop of mint pea pesto and place another slice of haloumi on top
  7. Squeeze a slice of lemon over your vegetarian burger and enjoy warm
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