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This vegetarian Halloumi Burger recipe is SO easy to make. Crunchy on the outside, gooey, melty goodness in the middle, served up in a brioche bun with sweet chilli mayo sauce. 

Really easy to make halloumi burger recipe, shown in a bun with sauce dripping on a wooden board.

Did you know that a burger made with halloumi can be ready in just 15 minutes?!

Whether you’re a burger fan or not, this recipe will knock your socks off (it’s that good).

Don’t just take my word for it… Those who try this have called it the best halloumi burger recipe, which has put a smile on the face of even the fussiest of eaters at the dinner table.

Why you’ll love this Halloumi Burger recipe

⭐️ So easy, no prep needed

⭐️ Ready in less than 15 minutes

⭐️ Our favourite veggie SQUEAKY CHEESE

A spoon dripping sweet chilli mayo onto a halloumi burger with red onions on on a bun.

About this Homemade Halloumi Burger Recipe

I love the fact that we’re becoming halloumi fans in our droves, and that we’re still discovering just how versatile this delicious Mediterranean cheese really is.

With its high melting point and salty, delicious flavour, it can lend itself to so many dishes. 

It’s perfect to use instead of meat because it stays intact, so as well as slicing up for burgers, you can chop it up for sauces, kebabs or toppings.

It’s wonderful grilled or fried and you can flavour it however you want. 

Even better, it’s a relatively inexpensive ingredient, is now easy to get hold of in the supermarkets and lasts for ages in the fridge, so if you have some in your fridge, it’s likely you’ve always got dinner to hand. 

Some examples of some delicious halloumi recipes you might want to try are my Halloumi Curry, my Sticky Halloumi Kebabs, my Mediterranean Tomato and Halloumi Bake, my Halloumi Fajitas or a fantastic 15-minute Halloumi Pasta.

Halloumi Burger Ingredients

  • Halloumi 
  • Olive oil – Regular for this recipe as extra virgin would burn (and waste money!)
  • Plain flour
  • Avocado – This goes really well but any other salad burger toppings is fine too
  • Tomatoes
  • Cress – Optional, to serve
  • Red onion 
  • Brioche burger buns – Again, you can swap these for your favourite 
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Lime – Juice only (optional)
  • Sweet chilli sauce – This transforms it into a spicy halloumi burger but chilli flakes and honey will do too
  • Smoked paprika

How to make a Halloumi Burger

Step 1 of how to make halloumi burgers.

1. Cut the halloumi lengthways into 2 and dip into flour mixed with paprika. Coat well. Fry off in a hot pan with oil.

Step 2 of how to make halloumi burgers.

2. Prep your sweet chilli mayo in a dish. When the halloumi is cooked, drain any excess oil on kitchen paper. Stack your burgers and GO!

Hint: Try not to push the halloumi about the pan too much as it’s cooking and leave it for 5 minutes before you flip it. This helps to make a crunchy ‘crust’ and not stick to the pan.


  • Salad – This recipe includes avocado, red onion and tomatoes for the burger toppings as they complement the halloumi really well, but you can use your preferred toppings. 


In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully by before serving or eat cold.

In the freezer This isn’t the most ideal cheese for freezing once it’s been cooked, so while I would rather freeze than throw away, but it wouldn’t be my first choice for batch cooking.

It will have a slightly solid texture after being frozen and reheated, so bear this in mind.

Halloumi Burger Top Tips

How to cut halloumi into burgers

I’m always in the market for more cheese, so I use 1 block per 2 people. Simply cut across it to get x2 ‘burgers’. You can make it go further by cutting them smaller. You can use sliced halloumi too if you can get it.

Double up

You can supersize this and turn it into something else if you like. A mushroom and halloumi burger would work well, or go for it and create a monster chicken and halloumi burger or beef and halloumi burger!

Serving suggestions

Halloumi Burger FAQs

Can I grill this instead of frying it?

Yes you can BUT don’t coat in the flour. The flour and the hot oil are what give this a crispy coating. You’d need to use just plain halloumi sprinkled with smoked paprika. Just keep an eye on it under the grill to make sure it doesn’t burn. Halloumi grills really well for salads etc, so it’s fine.

Is this a vegan recipe?

No, halloumi is made from sheep’s milk, but you can buy vegan halloumi cheese as an alternative.

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Halloumi Burger {15 Minute Meal}

This vegetarian Halloumi Burger recipe is SO easy and tasty. Crunchy on the outside, gooey melty goodness in the middle, with sweet chilli mayo sauce and avocado – it’s a delicious dinner that’s ready in about 15 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 People


  • 4 tbsp Olive oil
  • 500 g Halloumi, Usually 2 blocks.
  • 50 g Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the sweet chilli mayo:

  • 100 g Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Sweet chilli sauce, Add more if you'd like more spice.
  • 1 Lime, Juice only (optional).

To serve:

  • 4 Brioche buns
  • 1 Avocado, Peeled and sliced.
  • 2 Large tomatoes
  • Cress, (Optional).
  • 1 Red onion, Peeled and sliced.


  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
  • Cut each halloumi block in half along the centre so you end up with a square burger shape.
  • Mix the flour, paprika, salt and pepper, on a plate and dip each piece of halloumi in, coating both sides.
  • Pop into the hot oil in the frying pan and cook for about 5 minutes on each side until crisp and golden. (Try not to move them too much or they will lose their crispy coating.)

To make the sweet chilli mayo:

  • Mix the mayonaise with the lime juice and sweet chilli sauce.

To serve the burgers:

  • Stack the burgers in the brioche buns with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, onions, cress, the halloumi and the mayo.


Calories: 819kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 35gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 2001mgPotassium: 392mgFiber: 6gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 330IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 1335mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch, Main Course, Savoury
Cuisine: Family Food
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This post was originally published on July 22, 2019. It was updated with new notes and photos on August 18, 2023.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are just completely wonderful! Such a lovely summery meal. Genuinely tastes like something from a restaurant. Big thumbs up from us’

  2. 5 stars
    Made these burgers for tea tonight, they were amazing!! Will definitely be having these again x

  3. 5 stars
    You know it’s good when your hubby to be says “it tastes like we’re eating out!” Kids love it! Adults love it! It’ll be a regular summer go too!

  4. 5 stars
    This was my favourite dish I made from Sarah’s weekly meal plan. Now I can’t stop thinking about these halloumi burgers. Why did I never think of doing this before?!

  5. That’s two of your receipes in a row (Pork Yuk Sung and Halloumi Burgers) that have gotten thumbs up from my picky eaters! THANK YOU! The receipes are really easy to make and the flavours are awesome. And I get extra gratification when everyone around the table is enjoying it!

  6. 5 stars
    Amazing! Tried these tonight and they were spot on! Love halloumi so always good to find different ways of making it. Dare I say they make have been even nicer than meat burgers?! Will definitely be a firm favourite in our household!