Halloumi aubergine burgers with harissa relish

Halloumi aubergine burgers with harissa relish

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(32 ratings)

Ready in 20 mins


Serves 4
A veggie stack with a difference - flavour your fried cheese with Moroccan harissa paste and creamy houmous

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal510
  • fat29g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre5g
  • protein22g
  • salt3.2g
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  • 2½ tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onion, very finely sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • ½ aubergine, cut into 8 round slices



    Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…

  • 250g block halloumi cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 roasted red pepper from a jar, chopped
  • 2 tsp harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted other spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 4 ciabatta rolls, halved and lightly toasted
  • 4 tbsp houmous


  1. Add 1 tbsp of the oil to a pan and tip in the onions. Cook over a high heat for a few mins, then turn down the heat and cook until soft and golden – about 8 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, heat another tbsp of oil and fry the aubergine for a few mins on each side until tender. Set aside. In the remaining oil, fry the halloumi until golden.

  3. Tip the brown sugar, pepper and harissa into the onions. Cook for 1 min until the sugar has melted. While the relish is cooking, spread the rolls with houmous, laying halloumi and aubergine slices on top. Spoon the sticky, spicy relish over and serve.

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Comments (24)

clumsmum's picture

The nicest vegetarian burgers we have ever had, even my meat-eating son enjoyed these. Had no harissa so added chipotle smoked chilli flakes instead, oven-roasted my own pepper and made fresh hummus. I am making them again today but this time I will grill the halloumi as it went a bit soggy when I did it in the onion/aubergine pan

Sarahjane52's picture

Made this for a friend last night and we both loved it. My Son had a beef burger but had the relish and Halloumi with it, and loved it. Will be making this again, as so quick and easy to do.

wooz's picture

I love this burger. For the last couple of times I made it I used the aubergine as in the Aubergine Katsu curry (goodfood recipe) so that the aubergine has a crispy coating of breadcrumbs. It's even better than the original!

cooking@mummy's picture

This is delicious and is so easy to make - will definitely become a regular in this house. I am very bored of the meat substitute type products (Quorn etc) and much prefer to use 'real' food. :-) 5 Stars!

foodiechick19's picture

Made this last night and what a delight!!!! The flavours work fabulously together! Will definitely be making these again and again....yum!!! Thanks GF for a wonderful vegetarian meal.

I will also try adding rocket as suggested below.

foodiechick19's picture

Loved these burgers! The flavours work fabulously together......will definitely be making them again. Yummmm!

Will also try adding rocket as suggested below.....

A great vegetarian recipe GF! Thanks!

Peaches1st's picture

Great recipe - went down well with veggies and non-veggies alike! I roasted my own romano peppers, used sourdough rolls instead of ciabatta and made spiced sweet potato fries to go with it. Mmmm. (There's a good recipe for those on Food Network.) Will definitely make again but next time I'll add some rocket leaves to the burger for a bit of greenery.

Reb35's picture

I love this recipe and cook it quite often. Doubled the quantities, as per other comments, the above recipe is a nice generous portion for two people. I live on my own and because halloumi goes off quite quickly, I will eat this two days in a row... which is quite a treat! I roast my own red pepper for the relish and make enough for two portions, and it’s just as delicious on the second day.

nisha83's picture

This is really yummy- and really is very quick and easy too!

ellyhorne's picture

I had no ciabatta rolls so popped all the ingredients into a pitta instead ... So tasty and easier to eat too, highly recommend!

MrsFoxVeg's picture

I made this tonight! I can honestly say this is the best vegetarian burger I have ever had! I didnt have houmous but didnt need it. I will be adding this to my recipe scrapbook! Will make over and over again! I used minimum amount of oil to fry and did not feel at all greasy. Would serve on own or with a refreshing salad!

stingray11's picture

Very tasty and quite quick to prepare. I would have preferred 'something green' with my burger, so might add some salad leaves next time.

jowendel's picture

Great weeknight meal - quick to cook with plenty of flavours!

It can be a bit tricky to cut the halloumi right though (depends on which brand it is), so we normally use twice as much halloumi as described. Sharing one packet between two people... Because we're greedy like that ;)

Love the harissa flavour too, definitely worth buying if you haven't got it already.

In terms of roasted peppers, we've tried both roasting our own and using store bought. (Lidl sells a cheap massive jar, if cost is an issue.)

fionnuala21's picture

Lovely - have made it several times now. I don't have harissa paste, so have been using sriracha sauce. It all goes really well together - houmous, halloumi, aubergine and relish. Unexpectedly delicious as there are so few ingredients!

alice-x-x's picture

Made for having a friend over for dinner, they were lovely! Didn't have ciabatta rolls so made do with white seeded and worked just as well. Will definitely make these again!

mademoisielle's picture

Just made this and it was delicious! Definitely not enough for 4 people though, I made this using about half of everything and I ate all of it!

quincepip's picture

Lovely. Agree it probably wouldn't be enough for 4.

kizmcg's picture

Absolutely delicious meal! I used pitta and instead of frying the halloumi I grilled it to try make it a bit healthier!

I would suggest doubling the amounts for 4 people, this only served me and my boyfriend.

clairerussell's picture

Brilliant mid week meal for veggies or non-veggies alike. Neither I nor my husband are vegetarian but we try to avoid too much meat in the week time and both loved these (even though my husband says he doen't like aubergine!). I'm making them again tonight with sme sweet potato wedges on the side.

vivaves's picture

Most enjoyable meal. I didn't have any halloumi so used feta and a little chopped fresh mint as a substitute (without frying it). I never buy roasted peppers as I resent spending so much money on something you can do at home for a quarter of the price - flame a red pepper on the gas hob until charred and brush off the blackened skin. The relish has a very nice flavour. I was probably a bit too generous with the houmous but hey, we don't like to stint on these things! Will definitely use this recipe again.


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