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:
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
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
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
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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