Turkey Halloumi Burgers

Wow these are so delicious - delicious enough that I'm hoping you'll excuse the terrible photo! We made these last night for dinner, and had the leftovers for cold lunch, I couldn't let them slip by without sharing them with you so just snapped a very quick photo at my desk before gobbling them up!

I've been wanting to make turkey burgers for a while because turkey mince is so low in fat, but its not that easy to get hold of! I finally found some when we went to the big supermarket, and was really excited to try a version of this Ottolenghi recipe. Instead of courgettes which aren't really in season now I used a combination of grated carrots and halloumi, and some sauteed leeks instead of the spring onions. The halloumi in particular was the genius addition, it goes so well with the herbs and spices in the mix, and adds the perfect salty tang. I served them in lettuce cups with some yogurt Sriracha sauce and Toby's famous honeyed sweet potato fries and oh my did they make the most delicious dinner! Burger and chips but totally guilt free!

Turkey Halloumi Burgers

Makes 8 medium burgers


2 large leeks, finely chopped and well washed
450g lean turkey mince
125g halloumi coarsely grated on a box grater
1 large carrot coarsely grated
1 medium egg
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Lettuce cups, yoghurt Sriracha sauce and sweet potato fries


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Gently fry the leeks in a large frying pan in some olive oil over a medium heat for 5-10 minutes until they are soft and cooked through. Leave the leeks to cool slightly.

Mix together all the other ingredients for the turkey burgers, add the leeks once cool and season to taste. If you'd like to check the seasoning take a very small piece of the mixture, cook and then try before shaping and cooking the rest.

Shape the mixture into 8 medium sized burgers. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large frying pan and once hot, add the burgers and sear on each side for around 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Place the burgers in the oven for 10 minutes until cooked through. Serve with the yoghurt sauce, lettuce cups and sweet potato fries.

Yoghurt Sriracha Sauce

4 tbsp whole plain greek yoghurt
Sriracha hot sauce to taste
juice of half a lemon

Mix all the ingredients together and season to taste.

Honeyed Sweet Potato Fries

Serves 4

4 medium sweet potatoes
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Put a baking tray in the oven to heat up.

Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes and cut into 1 inch wedges. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the potatoes and boil for around 4-5 minutes until just tender. Drain and leave in the colander to steam dry for a few minutes.

In a large bowl mix the potatoes with the honey, olive oil and salt and pepper until they are all well coated. Add the potatoes to the heated baking tray, and cook for around 30 minutes turning regularly until they are golden all over.


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