30-Minute Dinner/ New Year's Eve/ Party/ vegetarian dinner

Halloumi burgers with pineapple and avocado

27 May 2020

These halloumi burgers were a huge hit in our home! Vegetarian burgers ready in about 30 minutes! This flavor combination is really brilliant. Delicious grilled halloumi cheese, sweet and sour pineapple, fatty avocado, flavorful lime and coriander sauce, delicate lettuce. So good!

two halloumi burgers on a white plate, coriander, limes and avocado in the background

What is halloumi cheese?

Halloumi is a Cypriot cheese made with sheep’s or goat’s milk or a mixture of both. It’s a semi-hard cheese that is perfect for grilling as it doesn’t melt and retain its shape after cooking. It’s a very popular ingredient in the Mediterranean, and especially Cypriot and Greek cuisine. It’s slightly salty, has a distinct flavor and a slightly rubbery texture.

Step-by-step instructions:

If you use store-bought hamburger buns, these halloumi burgers will be ready in no time. I used brioche hamburger buns (with good ingredient list), they‘re light and buttery.

How to make these burgers:

They can be made on a regular pan / grill pan / or on a grill !

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a food processor.
  2. Grill the halloumi cheese slices on both sides until golden.
  3. Grill the fresh pineapple slices.
  4. Mash and season the avocado.
  5. Assemble the burgers.

How to assemble the burgers:

toasted brioche hamburgers buns on a green plate
  1. Toast the hamburger buns.
toasted brioche hamburgers buns topped with smashed avocado on a green plate

2. Spread the mashed avocado on top.

hamburger brioche buns with smashed avocado and grilled halloumi cheese

3. Top with the grilled halloumi cheese.

hamburger buns with avocado, grilled halloumi and pineapple on a green plate

4. And the grilled pineapple spices.

buns with avocado, halloumi, pineapple and coriander and lime sauce

5. Coriander and lime sauce goes on top.

grilled halloumi, pineapple, smashed avocado and salad on hamburger buns

6. Then the lettuce leaves. It’s done!

halloumi burgers with pineapple and avocado cut in half and green sauce flowing over the bun

How to make it ahead:

This dish is actually very quick to prepare but if you want to make part of it ahead, the only thing you can do is to make the sauce. Smashed avocado can’t be made ahead because it will darken and won’t look very appealing. Grilling the cheese and pineapple don’t take very long.

What to serve it with:

These burgers are pretty fulfilling on its own, but you could serve them with:

Give it a try, this dish is light, but also very fulfilling, even for the meat-eaters!

If you can’t stand a dish without meat, try these salmon burgers with pineapple and guacamole, they’re similar. They are made with salmon patties, grilled pineapple, guacamole and sweet and sour pineapple bbq sauce.

From the other half of the pineapple, you can make this pineapple, banana and lime smoothie or pineapple, mango and coconut milk smoothie.

Halloumi burgers with pineapple and avocado

Vegetarian burgers with grilled cheese and pineapple, smashed avocado and lime and coriander sauce. Delicious veggie burgers ready in about 30 minutes!
halloumi burgers with pineapple and avocado cut in half on a plate
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 1161kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

burgers:

  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 tablespoon frying oil
  • 9 oz (250g) halloumi cheese or another grilling cheese
  • ½ medium pineapple 4 thick slices, fresh, not canned
  • 4 small lettuce leaves
  • 2 avocado
  • juice from 1 lime
  • pinch of chilli flakes or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

coriander and lime sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream 12%
  • a small handfull fresh coriander leaves (10g)
  • juice from ¼ lime
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Make the sauce: Place all the sauce ingredients in a food processor bowl, puree until smooth and thick, season with salt to taste, set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of frying oil on a grill pan / regular frying pan over medium heat.
  • Slice the halloumi into ¼ inch (¾ cm) slices. Grill the slices for a few minutes on both sides until lightly browned on the outside and warm and soft through the middle. Transfer to a plate.
  • Peel the pineapple, cut into ½ inch (1 cm) slices, cut out the tough core (I like to use an apple corer for that). Grill the slices for a few minutes on both sides until lightly browned and softened. Transfer to a plate.
  • Grill the sliced hamburger buns very briefly (about 30 seconds) until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate.
  • Prepare the avocado: cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh. Mash with a fork, mix with the lime juice, season with chili flakes (optional), and salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Assemble: spread avocado mixture on one half of each bun, top with halloumi slices, then pineapple slices, spoon over the sauce, place the lettuce leaves on top, cover with the other half of the bun.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • This dish is actually very quick to prepare but if you want to make part of it ahead, the only thing you can do is to make the sauce. Smashed avocado can’t be made ahead because it will darken and won’t look very appealing. Grilling the cheese and pineapple don’t take very long.
  • The recipe yields 4 burgers. Calories = 1 serving (2 burgers, 1/2 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course dinner
Cuisine international
Keyword grilled halloumi burgers, halloumi avocado burgers, halloumi burgers, vegetarian burgers

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Chloe
    8 January 2019 at 15:46

    These burgers look amazing, can’t beat an avocado and halloumi mix!

    • Reply
      Aleksandra
      8 January 2019 at 19:33

      thank you Chloe, they were really delicious!

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