Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi, and Pesto Burgers

Swap the beef for a tasty, juicy, vegetarian burger
Halloumi Burger

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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
315
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 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
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 Teaspoons pesto
  • Mayonnaise (optional)
  • 2 lettuce leaves, cut in half
  • 1 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
16g
25%
Sugar
10g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
30%
Cholesterol
27mg
9%
Protein
11g
22%
Carbs
33g
11%
Vitamin A
95µg
11%
Vitamin B12
0.6µg
9.6%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
16.2%
Vitamin C
11mg
19%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
2mg
9%
Vitamin K
72µg
90%
Calcium
270mg
27%
Fiber
6g
24%
Folate (food)
67µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
128µg
32%
Folic acid
36µg
N/A
Iron
3mg
15%
Magnesium
53mg
13%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
18%
Phosphorus
209mg
30%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
544mg
16%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
24%
Sodium
605mg
25%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
26.2%
Zinc
2mg
12%

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