Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi and Pesto Burgers

By J Kate

Originating in Cyprus, halloumi is a brined cheese made from a mixture of sheep's and goat's milk. Pair it with a thick slice of grilled eggplant and a pesto spread for a flavorful, vegetarian burger.

Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi and Pesto Burgers
  • 1 medium eggplant, weighing about 1 lb.

  • 3/4 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3/4 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1/4th teaspoon dry Italian seasoning

  • Salt and pepper

  • 4 oz halloumi cheese

  • 4 teaspoons pesto

  • 2 leaves of lettuce, cut in half

  • 1 large tomato, cut into 4 slices

  1. Cut the eggplant into ½ inch thick rounds, at its widest part. Save the remaining eggplant for another dish. Place the sliced eggplant in a shallow dish.

  2. Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning salt and pepper together. When adding salt, keep in mind that the halloumi is an already salty cheese. Pour the whisked ingredients over the eggplant rounds, and toss well to coat.

  3. Slice the halloumi into ½ inch thick slices.

  4. Heat a grill on medium-high heat. You can use an outdoor grill or a cast iron stove top grill like I did.

  5. When the grill is hot, arrange the eggplant slices on the grill, and cook for about 6 minutes on each side or till the eggplant is cooked.

  6. Then grill the halloumi slices on both sides till golden grill marks appear, about 2 minutes per side.

  7. If you don’t have a grill, you can cook the eggplant and halloumi in batches on a large skillet.

  8. You are now ready to assemble the burgers.

  9. Spread some mayonnaise, if using, on 2 halves of a burger bun. Take one half of a bun, and stack the grilled eggplant, halloumi and spread 1 teaspoon of pesto. Top it with tomato and lettuce. Place the other half of the burger bun on top.

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main dish ultra-low-carb burger grill

3 replies

Anonymous 2016-08-12 14:08:24 -0500 Report

Evaziem STFU - you BITCH on every recipe do us a favor and take your perfect whiney diabetic ass off DC

evaziem 2014-05-14 09:56:50 -0500 Report

Buns again? What is wrong with eating all this without the bun?
What is a low carb bun? What's in it? It's still a bun…

If you are already insulin and leptin resistant grains will raise your
insulin and leptin levels, which is a major driver of most chronic diseases.
Besides, most whole grain products on the market are highly processed, which
further deteriorates their value.

Intake of grains should be as close to ZERO as possible. Dr. Sears wrote recently that eating grains is true for birds, not for us.

- make us fat,
- elevate our blood glucose leading to diabetes,
- give us gluten (i.e. GLUE that creates plaque in arteries and brain blood vessels) leading to leaky gut and in some the Celiac disease,
- give us inflammation that is the root cause of most chronic diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer's and more.

Google it.