Harissa halloumi burgers with lemon mint mayonnaise

Try these fantastic vegetarian burgers with piping-hot halloumi, lemon mint mayo and fried onions.

  • 20 mins cooking
  • Makes 4 Item
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Harissa halloumi burgers with lemon mint mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion (150g), sliced
  • 1/2 cup (150g) mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 large loaf turkish bread (430g) cooking-oil spray
  • 2 x 180g (5½-ounce) packets halloumi cheese, halved horizontally
  • 2 teaspoon harissa paste
  • 2 medium tomatoes (300g), sliced
  • 1 cup (60g) mesclun


Harissa halloumi burgers with lemon mint mayonnaise
  • 1
    Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat; cook onion, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until softened. Remove from pan; cover to keep warm.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, make lemon mint mayonnaise. Combine mayonnaise, mint and lemon juice in a small bowl.
  • 3
    Heat a chargrill pan over high heat. Trim ends from bread; cut remaining bread into quarters then halve pieces horizontally. Spray cut sides of bread with cooking oil. Place bread, cut-side down, in pan for 30 seconds until charred and toasted.
  • 4
    Combine halloumi , harissa and remaining oil in a medium bowl. Heat frying pan over high heat; cook halloumi 1 minute each side or until golden.
  • 5
    Spread bread with mayonnaise. Sandwich with tomato, mesclun, halloumi and onion.


Halloumi is a firm, cream coloured sheep-milk cheese; it tastes like a minty, salty feta in flavour, and can be grilled or fried, briefly, without breaking down. It should be eaten while still warm as it becomes tough and rubbery on cooling.

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