Halloumi is more than a cheese, it’s a passion.
If you’re one of the many foodies who live and die by halloumi burgers, I’m sure you have your favourite toppings down to a science.
But why stop there?
Let’s explore some of the best halloumi burger toppings that will elevate your recipe game and keep your taste buds guessing!
So, what are the best halloumi burger toppings?
The best halloumi burger toppings are the ones that complement the flavor of the cheese and don’t overpower it. Toppings like tomatoes and lettuce can be good, as long as you don’t put too much on. Garlic aioli is also a nice touch, but again, not too much!
For even more ideas, keep scrolling!
20 Best Halloumi Burger Toppings
I like to slice a pickle and lay it on top of the burger, but you could also just take some pickle slices and place them around the burger.
Pickles are best when they’re crunchy, so keep that in mind.
If you want to add something else with your pickles, try sauerkraut or coleslaw.
These toppings have similar flavors and textures in common with pickles—they’re both sour, salty and crunchy.
However, if you’re looking for something milder than these options (or if you don’t have any sauerkraut or coleslaw), try adding a fresh tomato slice instead!
When it comes to adding beets to a burger, I like to roast them.
It’s quick and easy, and their flavor becomes so much more concentrated when cooked this way.
- You can do this on the stovetop or in the oven—just heat up some oil in a pan over medium heat, toss the sliced beets with salt and pepper (and any other seasonings you like), then add them to the pan.
- They should take about 15 minutes on each side or until they’re soft enough that you can easily pierce them with a fork.
- Once they’ve cooled down enough for handling, I like using my hands to squeeze out all of their moisture so that they don’t make your bun soggy once you put everything else together.
- Then just pile them onto your burger!
Pairing them with something sweet like caramelized onions is great because it balances out both flavors while also adding texture—it works better than ketchup in my opinion!
If there’s one thing that’ll make sure everyone eats their vegetables at dinner parties: adding beetroot fries instead of regular potato ones – a little goes a long way towards increasing healthiness without sacrificing taste
I like to prepare my lettuce in a very simple way: I wash and spin dry the leaves, then tear them into pieces about an inch wide.
If you have access to a salad spinner, this is a great way to get all of your lettuce nice and dry.
To add lettuce to the burger, simply pile it on top of everything else!
It will be soft enough by that point that it won’t fall apart or create any messes.
For best results, place some sort of vegetarian cheese between the burger patty and the lettuce so that they don’t mix together too much.
The saltiness from both ingredients can overwhelm each other if you don’t keep them separate.
Tomato relish is a great topping for any burger, sandwich or pizza.
It’s tangy, sweet and has a nice kick of spice that pairs well with the halloumi cheese.
This relish can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to one week so it’s perfect if you want to make your burgers ahead of time!
I like to add my tomato relish on top of my burger about halfway through cooking so that it gets all warm and gooey (and adds some extra moisture), but feel free to add it at any point during cook time.
You could also add this as part of a topping bar where guests could make their own burgers however they like!
Bacon is a classic topping for burgers, so it’s no wonder that halloumi burgers are getting involved with the trend.
For my bacon topping, I like to cook it in a pan until crispy before adding it to the burger.
You can fry the halloumi burgers in oil beforehand if you prefer.
If you want your bacon topping to be extra crispy, try adding some pepper or cayenne pepper (just be careful not to overdo it—you don’t want any spice flavorings over-powering your other toppings).
And as with all toppings on your halloumi burger: use your discretion!
If you’re using smoked bacon or another type of cured meat (like salami), make sure not to overload yourself with too many strong flavors at once.
Caramelised onions are a classic topping for burgers and sandwiches, but you can also try adding them to your halloumi burger.
You can caramelise your onions in advance and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them (or make them just before serving).
To make caramelised onions:
- Slice 3 large red onions into thin slices. Don’t worry about removing the root end – they will be soft enough that they won’t cause any problems when cooking.
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium heat and sauté the onions for 15 minutes until they become soft and translucent.
- Stir frequently so they don’t burn!
Jalapeños are spicy, so if you’re not a fan of heat, skip this one.
- Slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise and remove the seeds before dicing.
- To add this topping to the burger, mix with some shredded cheddar cheese (or your preferred melting cheese) until evenly combined.
- Then simply sprinkle on top of your burger as you would any other topping!
What else pairs well with this topping?
- Caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms make a great complement to these hot peppers.
- You can also try adding a bit of salsa or even some chopped up pickles for an extra kick!
Just keep in mind that whatever flavors you choose will be overpowered by the spiciness of jalapeños—so go easy on them if they’re not your thing!
Hummus is a delicious Middle Eastern spread made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic.
It can be used as a dip for pita bread or as a sauce on falafel and other dishes.
But did you know that hummus can also be used as a burger topping?
When I’m making my own burgers at home, I like to add hummus to the patty with some chopped parsley and onions before flipping it on the grill.
This gives the burger an extra boost of flavor that goes well with any toppings you might choose to add later on.
Avocado is one of my favorite ingredients, and I love it in burgers.
It adds a creaminess to the dish that pairs well with anything that’s already creamy—like halloumi cheese.
To serve avocado on your burger, simply slice an avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit; then dice it into small pieces and sprinkle them over your burger before adding your toppings and dressing.
If you’re looking for other toppings that go well with this combination, try adding some cucumber slices or fresh tomato slices along with lettuce leaves or basil leaves.
Another option is to get creative by adding salsa!
Do keep in mind however that halloumi can be quite salty so if you decide to add salsa (or any other salty topping) make sure not to overdo it; use only enough so that all flavors can be tasted equally without overpowering each other.
Garlic mayo is one of the main ingredients in my favorite burger topping. I like to add it to the patty and spread it on the bun as well.
You can also serve it with fries or potato wedges for a meal that will delight your taste buds.
- To prepare garlic mayo, start by finely chopping three cloves of garlic into small pieces and sautéing them in a pan until they’re golden brown and fragrant (about five minutes).
- Next, add two tablespoons of olive oil to the pan along with 1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt and two teaspoons dijon mustard.
- Stir until smooth and then add one teaspoon each lemon juice, tarragon vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar if desired.
If you love mushrooms, this is the topping for you.
The mushroom patty is probably my favorite topping because I’ve never had a bad experience with it.
It pairs well with anything else on your burger, and it has a ton of flavor by itself.
- The best way to prepare this topping is by sautéing some chopped up mushrooms in olive oil until they brown slightly, then adding in some seasoned breadcrumbs and mixing everything together until there are no clumps left (I like to use Italian breadcrumbs).
- Then press out any excess moisture from the mixture using paper towels or a clean kitchen towel before forming into patties and cooking them in butter over medium heat until browned on both sides.
- Next, simply add your cooked mushroom patties onto your burgers as desired!
- You can place them directly onto the patty or even create little “fingers” by cutting off small sections from each side of an English muffin (or slice off pieces from one side if using regular buns!)
This is another topping that you can use to add some brightness and color to your burger.
I love adding spinach leaves to my burgers, but I’ll be honest: it’s not the best thing for people who don’t like the taste of spinach.
It has a distinct flavor that a lot of people don’t care for.
For those who do like it though, this can be a great way to spice up your Halloumi burger!
To give your Halloumi burger an extra kick, try adding some fresh baby spinach leaves too!
Sprinkle them overtop of whatever other toppings you’re using, and they’ll add some freshness and texture while still looking beautiful on top of your meal.
You can also mix them into the patty itself if desired – just make sure not too much because otherwise it will overpower everything else (and nobody wants that).
Cheese (like feta or blue)
Cheese is a good way to add flavor, texture, and depth to your burger.
It’s also great for adding moisture if you don’t like your burgers too dry—just remember not to add so much cheese that it makes the burger soggy.
You can use any type of hard cheese here: feta, blue cheese, cheddar…whatever you have on hand will work just fine!
Here are a few ways I like adding this topping:
- Grate some feta or crumble blue cheese into the patties before cooking them
- Sprinkle crumbled feta over the top of each patty after they come off the grill (you can also do this with other cheeses)
- Layer slices of feta over each patty after they come off the grill (this creates little pockets where all that delicious melted goodness can hide)
If using sliced cheese on top of your patties doesn’t appeal to you (I get it), try adding small chunks instead!
This works especially well if using raw onions as well because there’s more room for them inside those tasty pockets between each slice o’ heaven-sent goodness…not that I’m biased or anything.
Sweet potato fries are a must-have for your halloumi burger, and luckily they’re super easy to make at home!
- Simply slice the sweet potatoes into fry shapes and bake them in the oven until crispy.
- Then top your burger with everything else you need to make this beast of a meal.
For those who don’t have time to make their own sweet potato fries (or just don’t want to), there are other options:
You can use frozen fries from the grocery store or opt for regular French fries instead of sweet potatoes (although I recommend going with the latter).
This topping goes particularly well with buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, which makes it super easy to create an American classic—but don’t stop there!
You can also pair it with guacamole, bacon bits or crispy onions for maximum flavor impact on your mealtime experience.
This one is a classic.
You can add onion rings to your burger in several ways, but I like to simply cut them into rings and place them on top of the patty.
If you’re feeling fancy, you could also create a ring shape with your knife so that they look more uniform.
For this particular topping, I would recommend sticking to milder flavors like aioli or ketchup—stronger seasonings might overpower the onion flavor!
Pineapple chunks/slices are a sweet, juicy fruit that goes well with meat.
If you want to add pineapple to your burger, make sure you cut it into small pieces so that it doesn’t overwhelm the other toppings.
I like to spread the pineapple out on top of the burger instead of mixing it in with the rest of my toppings.
This prevents the juice from getting everywhere and preserves enough flavor for each bite.
You could also try adding some pineapple rings or slices onto your plate as an appetizer before adding them on top of your burger!
The first step to adding BBQ sauce as a topping for your halloumi burger is to get yourself some good quality BBQ sauce.
I like to use the classic tomato variety, but you can also go with a spicy chipotle or tangy chile-lime flavor if that suits your taste buds better.
Once you have your favorite kind of BBQ sauce on hand, all that’s left is adding it to your burger!
You can do this right before serving or making the burgers themselves by mixing in some liquid smoke (to give it that smoky flavor) and vinegar into the bottle of BBQ sauce.
Buffalo sauce is an easy and delicious topping to add to your halloumi burger.
It’s made from hot sauce, butter, and vinegar or lemon juice—and it’s delicious on everything from burgers to fries to pizza.
When pairing buffalo sauce with halloumi, I like to make my own by mixing equal parts Frank’s RedHot Original Hot Sauce or Tabasco Original Hot Sauce with melted butter (1:1 ratio) and a splash of vinegar or lemon juice (to taste).
You can also buy ready-made buffalo sauce at the store if you don’t have time.
If you have some leftover extra napkins lying around after eating this burger, they’re ideal for mopping up drippings from dripping toppings like this one!
Fried eggs are a great topping for any burger and can be prepared in a variety of ways.
The most common way is to fry the egg and place it on top of the burger patty, but you can also go with a poached egg if you prefer your yolk runny.
Another option is to cook the egg over easy, which will give you plenty of golden yolk goodness without having to worry about overcooking it.
Once again, I recommend placing it directly on top of your halloumi burger patty (or other topping).
If this isn’t enough for you, consider adding cheese or bacon!
A fried egg with some melted cheddar cheese or crispy bacon will take it from good to great in no time flat!
Cucumber slices are a great topping for burgers.
You can slice your cucumbers into coins or thin strips, whichever you prefer.
I like to add them before cooking so they get nice and soft, then I can add them right on top of my burger along with any other vegetables I might want in there.
For example, carrots are another veggie that pairs well with halloumi and is easy to chop into coins or slices!
The next time you want to make a halloumi burger, I hope you consider some of these toppings.
You may find that your favorite topping is the classic tomato, or something out of the ordinary like a fried egg.
Regardless, I think it’s safe to say that you can’t go wrong no matter what you choose—especially if it’s something new that you haven’t tried before!
20 Best Halloumi Burger Toppings
- Tomato relish
- Caramelised onions
- Garlic mayo
- Mushroom patty
- Spinach leaves
- Cheese (like feta or blue)
- Sweet potato fries
- Onion rings
- Pineapple chunks/slices
- BBQ sauce
- Buffalo sauce
- Fried eggs
- Cucumber slices
- Pick your favorite toppings from this list to put in your burger.
- Prepare the rest of your delicious burger meal.
- Be ready to munch in no time!