Thursday, 6 March 2014

Piri-Piri Mushroom & Halloumi 'Burger'

Piri-Piri Mushroom & Halloumi 'Burger'
This super-easy meal was inspired by a well-known chicken burger chain. I ate there once. I enjoyed the 'burger' but didn't know how they could possibly charge £6 (that's without any side orders) for something so cheap and simple to prepare. I knew I could make a similar meal far cheaper with better ingredients, so I did...

Assuming you have most of the piri-piri/peri-peri sauce ingredients already, this costs around £1.50 per portion for the 'burger'. For 4 servings, I used: Sainsbury's Halloumi £2.25, large, flat mushrooms £1.40, burger buns 70p, lemon 35p, lettuce 60p.

Serves 4

For the burgers:
  • 1 (250g/10oz) pack of halloumi cheese cut into 8 slices
  • 4 large flat/Portabello mushrooms, wiped and de-stalked
  • 4 burger buns (or make your own)
  • Finely sliced lettuce
For the piri-piri sauce:
  • 1-2 red chillis - finely chopped (or use 2 tsp frozen chopped chilli, or hot chilli sauce)
  • 1 lemon, juiced (add zest for more citrus flavour)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • A pinch of salt (vegan version only)
Make up the piri-piri sauce, by mixing the ingredients together in a small bowl, or whizzing up in a mini food-processor.

Brush the mushrooms with the sauce and either fry, grill or barbecue them until soft and golden brown. Keep warm in the oven.
Repeat with the halloumi cheese slices.
Put a little shredded lettuce on the bottom half of a bread roll.
Layer up with the mushroom and 2 slices of cheese, a little more piri-piri sauce and topping with the other half of the bun.

Serve with grilled corn-on-the-cob and/or home-made seasoned sweet potato wedges.

Mushroom alternative: For fungi-phobes like Miss K, use grilled bell pepper instead.
Vegan alternative: Omit the halloumi and top the mushroom with a good dollop of vegan coleslaw.
Camping alternative: Use ready made piri-piri sauce.

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  1. I love how this looks like it can keep you full for days! To me, there's nothing better than a hearty meal for a vegetarian. This burger will definitely do the trick. :)

    1. Haha, yes it certainly is one of those meals! Great for treat at the weekend.

  2. Just perfect when you fancy a burger. Yum!

    1. makes a nice change from a traditional veggie burger.


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