Halloumi aubergine burgers with harissa relish

Halloumi aubergine burgers with harissa relish

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(66 ratings)

Ready in 20 mins


Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal510
  • fat29g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre5g
  • protein22g
  • salt3.2g


  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
    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 onions, 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 spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 4 ciabatta rolls, halved and lightly toasted
  • 4 tbsp hummus
    Hummus in a pot


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    Hummus or houmous is a staple of Middle Eastern diets. It's a purée of cooked chickpeas,…


  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 hummus, laying halloumi and aubergine slices on top. Spoon the sticky, spicy relish over and serve.

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24th May, 2020
Love this recipe, added coriander and parsley and it tasted delicious!
1st Jul, 2018
Absolutely love this! Really easy and really tastey ☺
4th Dec, 2017
This was a delicious Monday night pick me up. We used pitta rather than ciabatta but kept everything else the same. The onion relish was especially delicious. Very filling as we served it with sweet potato fries.
10th Sep, 2017
I absolutely love this recipe and have made it a few times. I tend to use half an aubergine per person and have it with salad rather than the bun. The harissa gives it a great flavour and it's super easy to make. If you want something quick but impressive, this is perfect.
10th Sep, 2016
A weekly staple in our house. Love it. Use a flat bread instead of the roll and have half an aubergine each.
30th Jul, 2016
Love the taste of these. I wasn't really sure about the portion size so I aimed at making 2 portions thinking I would take leftover to lunch. however I kept quantities for the harissa relish the same and I used shallot onions. Furthermore I used an entire aubergine, half the amount of halloumi and 2 Italian buns which are probably bigger than ciabbata rolls. This made 2 burgers whereby I Finished all the relish! One and a half burger was enough for me for dinner. I was left with some grilled aubergine which together with other grilled veg, the halloumi that was left in the pack, pine nuts, cherry tomatoes and little gem lettuce I turned into a salad. The salad together with e leftover half burger made for a great lunch the next day. I think next time I'll make some kind of side salad to serve the burger with and then 1 will be enough per person. Also this will up the amount of veg because that is a bit slim in the recipe now. Taste is great! Quantity for harissa relish isn't enough for 4 people . Half an aubergine will also not be enough for 4 people.
19th Jun, 2016
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
2nd Jun, 2016
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.
23rd May, 2016
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!
21st Nov, 2015
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!


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