Grilled Halloumi Burger with Smashed Avocado

Extracted from Fire Food: The Ultimate BBQ Cookbook by DJ BBQ (£15, Quadrille) Photography © David Loftus

Every good pitmaster needs a solid veggie burger in their arsenal!


    For the seasoning:

  • 1 tsp sumac
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • For the smashed avocado:

  • 2 super-ripe avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • For the burgers:

  • 4 x halloumi cheese slices, 2cm thick
  • Rapeseed oil, for drizzling
  • 4 burger buns (I like using brioche or demibrioche)
  • Handful of mint leaves, chopped
  • Pomegranate molasses, to drizzle
  • 2 ripe tomatoes (preferably beef), sliced
  • Bunch of rocket
  • Put all the seasoning spices in a bowl and mix well. Halve the avocados, remove the pits and, using a large spoon, pull the ripe flesh away from the skin and empty into a bowl. Using the back of a large spoon, smash the avocado to a chunky paste. Pour in the lime juice, give it a light mix and set aside.
  • Lay the halloumi slabs on a plate and drizzle oil on both sides. Lightly sprinkle the seasoning mix all over the cheese. Once seasoned, place the slabs over direct heat and grill for a couple minutes on one side until you have some lovely golden grill marks. Flip and repeat. Everything happens pretty quickly, so this is a good time to toast your burger buns on the grill.
  • Assembly time! Spoon the avocado onto the four bun bases. Sprinkle the chopped mint onto the avocado, then place the halloumi steaks on top. Next, drizzle the pomegranate molasses onto the halloumi. Top that with the tomato slices and rocket. Serve and watch your friends’ eyes widen with excitement.
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