Burgers can definitely be part of a healthy diet and not only does this Halloumi Burger with Hummus and Roasted Red Pepper show that, but it also shows that veggie burgers don't have to be boring.
If we had to choose one of our favourite foods, it would definitely be burgers. There is so much that you can do with them, they are always a crowd pleaser and you can make a mess whilst eating them too. What's not to like? Let's celebrate the end of the week by making some burgers! Yes? Good!
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It's Friday, Friday.....remember that really annoying song? Sorry if it is stuck in your head now, but if it is any consolation, it is stuck in my head too. But, it's the weekend. YAY! Does anyone else feel like it has been a really long week this week? Although we don't have anything exciting planned, I am looking forward to some down time.
Friday means burgers in our house. Sometimes Saturday is burger night, but we usually can't wait that long and end up making one of Friday with some homemade sweet potato fries of course. There is just something so comforting about a burger. And just because it is comforting doesn't mean that it has to be unhealthy and it doesn't mean that it has to have meat in it either.
I think veggie burgers get such a bad reputation as being boring dusty bean patties that most vegetarians end up ordering because there is nothing else on the menu. Whilst I am a fan of a good bean burger there is far more that you can do with a veggie burger.
This burger is inspired by an incredible veggie burger that I had on our last day in Santorini. You might be wondering why I was on a Greek island with some of the best Greek food in the world and eating a burger, but after 3 weeks of tzatziki and lamb, I was ready for a change. We found this really cute garden-to-plate kind of place that boasted a fantastic vegetarian menu and as soon as I saw this burger, I was sold. Halloumi and hummus together with roasted red pepper? Yes please! Also, it had a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce on it, which I thought was genius.
I think I recreated this recipe within about 3 days of getting home from our trip and it has become a firm favourite ever since. It literally takes no time at all to make, just the amount of time it takes to grill the halloumi. We don't roast our own peppers, because it is too much of a hassle and when you can buy amazing quality Roasted Red Peppers from Peppadew, there is no need to.
Peppadew roasted red peppers are "grown until perfectly firm and plump when we then carefully pick and de-seed them before hand cutting them into whole generous portions. They are flame roasted as this retains their natural taste and colour. Enjoy as an accompaniment to your barbecue, as part of a salad or as an essential part of an antipasti plate." Any true foodie has a jar of roasted red peppers in the fridge, but you might be lacking in inspiration when it comes to using them. There is so much more that you can do with them than putting them in to pasta dishes and salad. Any meal, or even a sandwich, that needs livening up a bit, add a roasted red pepper to it - instantly transformed!
You could of course add some meat to this if you really wanted to, a grilled chicken breast work work well, but it really isn't missing meat. The meaty texture of the halloumi with the hummus adds plenty of texture and protein. There is also lots of flavour coming from the roasted red pepper and the sweet chilli sauce.
Love halloumi? Why not try our Halloumi Pasta recipe.
Halloumi Burger with Hummus and Roasted Red Pepper recipe:
Halloumi Burger with Hummus and Roasted Red Pepper
- 2 Wholemeal burger buns
- 2 tbsp Hummus
- 2 Peppadew roasted red peppers
- 100 g Light halloumi sliced
- 2 handful Rocket (arugula) lettuce
- 2 tbsp Sweet chilli sauce
- Preheat the grill and put the halloumi under the grill for 12-15 minutes, turning half way through.
- Toast the burger buns and then spread the hummus on them. Top with the lettuce, roasted red peppers, grilled halloumi and sweet chilli sauce and serve.
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**This Halloumi, Hummus and Roasted Red Pepper Burger recipe was commissioned by Peppadew, however, all opinions are my own**