Halloumi Cheese Grassfed Burger

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It’s not just a burger sandwich, it’s a double-hitter: the casein in the haloumi will help you find your bliss again, while the omega 3 in grass fed beef will provide the brain power you need to realize s/he might not have been all that perfect after all. No need to stress about buying a pack of buns when don’t have anyone to share them with, since the cheese IS the bun!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Halloumi, a mild, tangy cheese made from goat, sheep, and occasionally cow milk, has the unique ability to maintain its shape when heated, yielding a crisp, golden robe to the warm, melty interior. It's rich in calcium, and offers 6 grams of protein per ounce. Pairing it with beef gives you additional protein, as well as iron and vitamin B12, and ensures this simple meal is both filling and flavorful.

If you're watching fat intake, keep in mind that cheeses and beef are good sources of total and saturated fats. One ounce of halloumi can provide upwards of 8 grams of total fat, and ground beef can range from just over 1 to more than 4 grams per single ounce. Consider choosing a leaner beef, and perhaps try sandwiching one piece of halloumi with the patty between two leaves of Bibb or another sturdy lettuce. Reduced fat and light versions of halloumi are also available.

Notes: Halloumi is becoming more mainstream, but may not be available in all markets. Best bets are Mediterranean or Middle Eastern markets and larger chain stores. If you can't find it, you can achieve similar results with Indian paneer or Scandinavian bread cheeses.




By Heather Goesch, MPH, RDN, LDN

Halloumi Cheese Grassfed Burger

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 package Halloumi grilling cheese

1/3 pound grass fed beef
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon salt
black pepper (to taste)

optional: ketchup, mustard, lettuce and tomato

Instructions

1. Stir salt, pepper, and onion powder into ground beef, and form into a large patty by hand
2. Slice Halloumi into fourths width-wise, so you have four full-size thick slices
3. Heat a large pan over med-high heat until very hot
4. Place burger patty on one side of pan and cheese slices on other side; if pan isn’t nonstick, lightly oil burger side
5. Saute until cheese slices and patty are browned, flipping each once they’re browned
6. Timing will line up if you like burgers medium rare to medium; if you prefer them medium well or well, have oven preheated to 450 degrees and finish burger in oven for 4-5 minutes
7. Assemble as you would a normal hamburger, using the grilled cheese slices as the sandwich bun

1. Stir salt, pepper, and onion powder into ground beef, and form into a large patty by hand 2. Slice Halloumi into fourths width-wise, so you have four full-size thick slices 3. Heat a large pan over med-high heat until very hot 4. Place burger patty on one side of pan and cheese slices on other side; if pan isn’t nonstick, lightly oil burger side 5. Saute until cheese slices and patty are browned, flipping each once they’re browned 6. Timing will line up if you like burgers medium rare to medium; if you prefer them medium well or well, have oven preheated to 450 degrees and finish burger in oven for 4-5 minutes 7. Assemble as you would a normal hamburger, using the grilled cheese slices as the sandwich bun

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 293; Total Fat: 21g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 49mg; Sodium: 345mg; Potassium: 6mg; Carbohydrate: 2g; Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 26g

Nutrition Bonus: Iron:10 %

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2 thoughts on “Halloumi Cheese Grassfed Burger

  1. Keto but calorie counter

    What kind of math did you come to the conclusion of the calories? 1 package of Halloumi is 720 calories, and 1/3lb of beef is 325 calories. Those two alone (let’s forget the condiments for a second, which add more) = 1,045 calories. A serving size of calories would be 522.5…

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  2. Dutchess

    You’re a nutritionist, but obviously not a mathematician. One third pound of beef has about 250 calories by itself. The whole package of cheese, about 250g, is going to have about 805 calories. So, your total is over 1250 calories for one burger….So, 6 servings in one burger?

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