Sometimes I get overwhelmed and it has to be really great junk food. I need a burger and preferably a large portion of crispy fries to go with it. Since I’ve been reducing my meat consumption lately and I’m more interested in vegetarian and vegan alternatives, I created this really great Crispy Halloumi Burger with two delicious sauces.
My Crispy Halloumi Burger
I proudly present the first Burger by Levantine Recipes! A burger not only for vegetarians, but also for cheese lovers and people who are tired of meat. But take care! Just because it’s a vegetarian burger doesn’t mean that it saves calories. (But sometimes it just has to be hot and greasy, doesn’t it?) The Halloumi Patty is fried beautifully in hot oil until the crumb is crisp and has turned a golden brown color. To my surprise this was faster than getting your food at the drive-in. And the crowning highlight is: the squeaking of the halloumi! No, fun aside. It’s the delicious sauces.
Away with ketchup and such!
You can safely leave ketchup and “normal” mayo in your cupboard. For the Halloumi Burger we use the fruity and spicy mango sauce from the Levant: Amba! And we spice up the mayo with parsley, mint and a good portion of sumac. The result is a burger experience that you have never had before. The burger is crispy, juicy, fruity and, thanks to the Sumach herb mayo, it unfolds the special aroma of the Levant again. Well, is your mouth watering already?
Recipe for Crispy Halloumi Burger
For the burger
- 250 g Halloumi
- 2 Burger Buns
- 1/2 red onion
- 1/2 Tomato
- 6 Tbsp Amba
For the breadcrumb coating
- 1 Egg
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 80 g Breadcrumbs
- 1 L deep-frying oil
For the sumac mayonnaise
- 15 g Parsley
- 7 g Mint
- 1/2 Tbsp Sumac
- 6 Tbsp Mayonnaise
For the sumac mayonnaise
- Pluck leaves of parsley and mint and chop them.
- Mix all ingredients for the Sumach-Mayo well together.
Prepare Crispy Halloumi Burger
- Cut onion into rings, tomato and cucumber into slices.
- If necessary, carefully cut Halloumi in half lengthwise in the middle so that you have two patties. Pat dry well.
- Whisk the egg in a deep plate with a fork. Spread the flour and breadcrumbs/panko in flat plates.
- First turn Halloumi in the flour, then in the egg and finally in the breadcrumbs or panko flour.
- Heat the oil in a small pot, deep fryer or deep pan to about 170°C / 336 °F and fry the breaded Halloumi for about 1 minute on each side.
- Cut open the burger buns and cover with Sumach-Mayo, Amba and the remaining ingredients.