Grilled Halloumi American Lamb Burger


June 29, 2022

Recipe provided by Grilled Halloumi Lamb Burger - With Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Spread (, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (Grilled Halloumi American Lamb Burger | American Lamb).

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins



1 1/2 lbs Ground American Lamb

1/2 cup Parsley, finely chopped

1/4 cup Basil, finely chopped

1/4 cup Breadcrumbs

2 tbsp Milk

1 tbsp Gar\

1 tbsp Harissa paste

1 Egg

Salt & pepper, to taste

1 Block haloumi, cut into thick slices

1 large Red onion, cut into 1/4in thick rings

Bibb lettuce leaves

4 Buns

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

1 cup Packed, basil leaves

1/2 cup Sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil)

1 cloves Garlic

1 tbsp Pine nuts

Salt & pepper, to taste

2 tbsp Olive oil



1Add the lamb, parsley, basil, breadcrumbs, milk, garlic, harissa paste, tomato paste, egg, salt and pepper to a large bowl. Mix until well combined and form into 4 evenly sized patties.

2Preheat outdoor grill to high.

3Place the burgers, onion rings and halloumi on the grill.

4Flip the halloumi once grill marks appear on the bottom and the cheese starts to turn golden brown. It will be ready to come off the grill first.

5Flip burgers once bottoms are slightly charred and cook until desired temperature. I like my lamb burgers medium so I usually pull them off while juices are still running slightly pink.

6Cook onions, flipping once until desired caramelization occurs. I left mine on a few minutes past pulling the burgers off the grill for a deep char.

7Assemble the burgers by spreading the pesto on each side of the bun, placing lettuce on the bottom of the bun, the burger on top, then grilled onions and halloumi.


1Add all the ingredients except olive oil to a food processor.

2With processor running, slowly add olive oil, scraping down sides as needed.