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Californian Eggplant Halloumi Burger

Better than a beef burger! If you’re looking for a vegetarian summer grill dish to blow your mind, this is it. Juicy, filling, flavorful breaded eggplant burgers with freshly grilled halloumi, rocket salad, slices of tomato and tzatziki, on a ciabatta bun, with oven roasted potato wedges – WOW!

Our friend Casey is the master chef behind this creation, and let’s be honest few things top friends coming to your home to fix fantastic food for you!

…Well, apart from the shock on Mr Ms face when he realized the Eggplant Halloumi Burger actually topped a beef burger any day!

Californian Eggplant Halloumi Burger

Californian Eggplant & Halloumi Burger

(for 4 people)

4 fresh ciabatta buns

1 medium sized eggplant

500g halloumi (18 oz)

1 large egg

1 red onion

1 large ripe tomato

A large handful of rocket salad leaves

1,5 dl lemon juice (1/2 cup / 150ml)

2-3 tbsp rape seed oil

Salt & black pepper

For the eggplant breading

 (Note! If you’re missing any of the breading ingredients below feel free to skip it, or replace with something else you like)

2 dl fine bread crumbs

1 dl flour

1 tsp paprika powder

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp ground dried thyme

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp dry mustard powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/8 tsp ground cumin

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1 pinch chili flakes

Californian Eggplant Halloumi Burger
For the tzatziki:

1/2 cucumber

1,5 dl turkish yoghurt (3/4 cup / 125ml)

2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed

0,5 dl lemon juice (1/4 cup / 25ml)

salt & black pepper

Herbed oil for the Oven Roasted Potatoes:

1/2 dl extra virgin olive oil (1/4 cup / 50ml)

1 large clove garlic, crushed

1tsp oregano


3 pinches sea salt

5 grinds black pepper

9 medium potatoes


– Combine the herbs and spices with the olive oil.

– Wash the potatoes and cut them into quite thin wedges, leaving the peel on.

– Brush with the olive oil combination and put them into the oven 190 C/ 375 F for about 35 minutes or until crispy (or the way you like them).

Californian Eggplant Halloumi Burger

METHOD Californian Eggplant Halloumi Burger:


Californian Eggplant Halloumi Burger

Linking Californian eggplant Halloumi burger with #TastyTuesday & #RecipeoftheWeek 

Ready to try out your own Eggplant Halloumi Burger?


For more delicious recipes, check out: 

Thai Green Curry Pork on a Bed of Roasted Butternut Squash

Grilled Beef, Squash Medley and Tomatillo Salsa

and Roasted Vegetable, Feta & Walnut Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto




    • Well seriously @barabrittiskt, if you love those two ingredients THIS IS THE BURGER for you 🙂
      I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

  1. This looks delicious,got to try this one out soon I think. #TastyTuesdays

  2. I want, want, want to try this! Can I come over (pretty please!)? I love halloumi and its saltiness but for some reason I have never cooked it.Mel #TastyTuesdays

    • @lecoindemel – We’re all going to have to send you guys dinners once your little one is born… We can create a group – Postal dinners for new mothers 🙂
      Wish I lived closer hun, it would be nice to be able to help you sometime!

  3. Oh wow, these look amazing and a real rival for a meat burger! I’ll keep them in mind the next time I cater for vegetarian friends 🙂 #tastytuesdays

    • @FranglaiseCooking – you won’t be disappointed 🙂 I’m converted! The chewiness of the grilled Halloumi with the texture, flavor & juiciness of the breaded eggplant… A huge hit!

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