Asian Sweet Chili Eggplant and Halloumi Burgers Asian Sweet Chili Eggplant and Halloumi Burgers

Asian Sweet Chili Eggplant and Halloumi Burgers | Food styling by Ashley Denton | Prop styling by Catherine Doherty Image by: Jodi Pudge

Halloumi is a salty cheese that holds together on the grill. It cooks quickly—so keep an eye on it! Topped with grilled eggplant and zucchini tossed with Asian sweet chili sauce, this burger delivers big, satisfying flavour.

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 35 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant , cut crosswise in 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1 zucchini , cut lengthwise in 1/2-inch strips
  • Half red onion , cut crosswise in 1/4-inch rings
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Asian sweet chili sauce
  • 1 pkg (250 g) halloumi , cut in 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/4 cup hummus (optional)
  • 4 whole wheat or pretzel hamburger buns , split and toasted
  • 1 cup lightly packed baby spinach

Method

In large bowl, toss together eggplant, zucchini, red onion, oil, salt (if using) and pepper until lightly coated.

Place vegetables on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until zucchini is tender-crisp, 8 to 10 minutes, and eggplant and red onion are tender, 14 to 16 minutes. Remove from grill; gently toss vegetables with half of the chili sauce.

Place halloumi on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until halloumi is grill-marked, about 2 minutes.

Spread hummus (if using) over bottom halves of buns. Layer with spinach, eggplant, zucchini, red onion and halloumi; drizzle with remaining chili sauce. Sandwich with top halves of buns.

Tip from The Test Kitchen: Eggplant is like a sponge. To draw out the bitter juices and reduce the amount of fat it soaks up when cooking, sprinkle slices with salt and place in a colander set in the sink. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse; pat dry with paper towel and cook as directed. 

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Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 6 g
  • Sodium 977 mg
  • Sugars 7 g
  • Protein 18 g
  • Calories 499
  • Total fat 34 g
  • Potassium 407 mg
  • Cholesterol 440 mg
  • Saturated fat 13 g
  • Total carbohydrate 36 g

%RDI

  • Iron 6
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 8
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 47
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 36
  • Vitamin C 16
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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