Eat the Rainbow With These Halloumi Burgers and Colourful Veggie Slaw

halloumi burgers with a side of rainbow coleslaw on a countertop
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
2-4 servings

If you’re looking for the perfect vegetarian burger, this is it. Halloumi cheese has won the hearts of many because of its salty nature and high melting point, making it the perfect choice for grilling and frying. Pairing it with a fresh, colourful slaw that’s loaded with vibrant herbs brings out a symphony of complex flavours and textures.

While you can certainly season the halloumi burgers any way you like, we chose to add a Middle Eastern spin with the sumac sauce and quick drizzle of pomegranate molasses at the end. If that’s not your thing, try replacing the sumac with oregano and the pomegranate molasses with a squeeze of lemon. Although there are a few moving parts to this recipe, it comes together very quickly, making it an ideal weeknight meal.

Related: This Grilled Halloumi Salad Will Be Your Go-To Summer BBQ Side

For more vegetarian dinner ideas from Tamara and Sarah, try their spicy sautéed cauliflower and chickpeas.



Rainbow Veggie Slaw

cup shredded purple cabbage
cup shredded green cabbage
carrot, ribboned
cup cilantro and mint leaves, roughly ripped a part
Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
lemon, squeezed
tsp sumac (optional)
Pinch of salt and pepper

Sumac Sauce

cup Greek yogurt or labneh
tsp sumac
clove garlic, minced

Halloumi Burgers

brick halloumi cheese, sliced into 4 equal pieces
burger buns


Drizzle of pomegranate molasses
A few sprigs mint and cilantro leaves


ingredients for halloumi burgers with rainbow veggie slaw
Step 1

For the rainbow veggie slaw, toss cabbage and carrot together with the cilantro, mint, oil, lemon, sumac, salt and pepper. Set aside.

rainbow veggie slaw in a large bowl
Step 2

For the sumac sauce, whisk the Greek yogurt or labneh together with the sumac and garlic. Set aside.

creamy sumac sauce in a large white bowl
Step 3

For the halloumi, heat an oiled grill on medium-high.

Step 4

Slice the halloumi in half down the center, and then halve it again to create 4 pieces.

Step 5

Place it on the hot grill for about 3 minutes per side, until crisp grill marks form.

Step 6

Place the buns on the grill for a few minutes to lightly toast.

Rainbow veggie halloumi burgers being prepared on a white plate
Step 7

To assemble, spread the sumac sauce on the bottom of the buns, top with a small handful of the rainbow cabbage slaw, place 1 or 2 pieces of grilled halloumi on top, drizzle a small amount of pomegranate molasses and finish with a few sprigs of fresh mint and cilantro.

Step 8

Serve immediately with remaining slaw on the side of the halloumi burger.

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