"Cheaty Nando's" Halloumi Burger

I’m on a real Halloumi fix at the moment, I just can’t get enough of it! Something that I’ve been thinking about a lot is a tasty, juicy burger from Nando’s, now I’m hardly going to pay for that, so instead, I had a go at making my own burger with a homemade lemon and herb dressing…because I'm scared of Piri Piri! These burgers were as tasty as they look and surprisingly not that difficult to make. 

Serves 2 

80ml Olive Oil 
2 tbsp Lemon Juice 
2 tsp Dried Basil 
2 tsp Dried Thyme 
1 Clove of Garlic 
Salt & Pepper 
225g Halloumi 
3-4 tbsp Mayonnaise
2 Burger Buns 
Fresh Salad Leaves

We’ll make the lemon and herb dressing to start. Add the oil, lemon juice, herbs, garlic, and salt and pepper in a wide bowl. Mix this all together until combined. 

Cut your halloumi into large squares or long strips, then marinate them in the lemon and herb for 30-40 mins, turning over halfway through.  

Once the halloumi has marinated, heat up a frying pan on low-medium heat with a tsp of oil and fry the halloumi for 5-6 mins until crispy and brown. Don’t throw away the leftover dressing as we’ll need it in a minute. 

Whilst the halloumi is cooking toast the burger buns and arrange them on a plate. Now back to the dressing, take 3-4 tbsp of mayonnaise and mix it 1 tbsp at a time into the lemon and herb, we just want to thicken it up slightly so it’s more of a sauce now instead of a dressing, once you get the desired consistency spread a spoonful onto a burger bun, grab a handful of salad and place it on top, spread your halloumi out on top of the salad and finish it off with another spoonful of lemon and herb, now you’re ready to tuck in!! 

These burgers really were tasty, especially as I had both of them they were filling on their own, but these would work perfectly alongside some chips or extra salad. A lot of the ingredients I already had in the kitchen and I only needed to buy the halloumi so I was really impressed with how simple it is to make a basic lemon and herb dressing that could be used in alot of other dishes too, just imagine marinating halloumi or paneer overnight in this or using the lemon and herb as a nifty addition to a classic bruschetta! I’ll definitely make this dressing again whenever I need it, and now I know that just adding in a bit of mayo not only makes this really creamy but it takes it from a simple dressing to a rich burger sauce in a couple of minutes. 
I’m not quite done with the halloumi recipes just yet, I’ve got more coming next week and it’s a lighter (and maybe healthier) recipe than these burgers, but don’t let that put you off having a “cheeky” veggie Nando’s fake one evening! 

H x