Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi, and Pesto Burgers

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Vegetarian burgers don’t need to be dry and dull: Fill your burger bun with grilled eggplant and halloumi for a healthier, tasty summer barbecue option.

This recipe is courtesy of The Healthy Haven Blog.

4
Servings
125
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • medium eggplant, cut into ½-inch thick rounds
  • 3/4  Tablespoons  olive oil
  • 3/4  Tablespoons  balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  dry Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4  Ounces  halloumi cheese
  • burger buns
  • 4  Teaspoons  pesto
  • Mayonnaise (optional)
  • lettuce leaves, cut in half
  • large tomato, cut into 4 slices

Directions

Place the sliced eggplant in a shallow dish.

Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper together. Pour the whisked ingredients over the eggplant rounds and toss well to coat.

Slice the halloumi into ½-inch thick slices.

Heat the grill. Arrange the eggplant slices on the grill, and cook for about 6 minutes on each side, until the eggplant is cooked.

Grill the halloumi on both sides, until golden grill marks appear, about 2 minutes per side.

Assemble the burger. Spread mayonnaise on 2 halves of a burger bun. Take one half of a bun, and stack the eggplant, halloumi, and 1 teaspoon of pesto on to it. Top with tomato and lettuce. Place the other half of the bun on top. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
8mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
9g
7%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
27µg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
12µg
13%
Calcium, Ca
75mg
8%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
1µg
0%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
10mg
3%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
105mg
15%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
281mg
19%
Water
16g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Grilled Eggplant Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Grilled Eggplant Cooking Tip

Lightly salt eggplant after its been cut in order to eliminate the bitter taste.