Beetroot & Halloumi Burgers with Mint & Chilli

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Serves2 people
Beetroot & Halloumi Burgers with Mint & Chilli

When the sun's got his hat on this is a brilliant veg-packed option for the barbecue. On a rainy day, flash them under your grill.

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  • 2 beetroot
  • 150g halloumi
  • A 400g tin of green lentils
  • A handful of mint, leaves only
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 orange
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 chilli
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g peppery salad mix

Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 20 mins

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1. Heat your grill to high. No grill? Heat your oven to its highest setting or get the barbecue going. If using your oven, place a grill pan or a non-stick baking tray on the top shelf to heat up.
2. Peel and coarsely grate the beetroot. Coarsely grate the halloumi. Drain and rinse the lentils. Pluck the mint leaves. Peel the garlic. Grate the zest from the orange. Toast 2 tsp cumin seeds in a hot frying pan till fragrant.
3. Pop them all into a food processor or blender (see our tip if you don’t have either of these). Slice the chilli, flicking out the seeds and white bits for less heat. Add the chilli to the processor.
4. Blitz the beetroot mix till it starts to come together. Tip into a bowl. Fold the flour through and season lightly.
5. Scoop the mix into 6 balls and squeeze firmly to bring the mix together. Flatten slightly. Place on a plate and pop into the freezer to firm up for 10 mins or longer if you can.
6. Once the burgers are firm, set them on a baking tray. Cook under the grill or on a barbecue for about 7 mins till a crust has formed on one side, then flip over and grill for another 7 mins. If cooking in the oven, cook for about 12 mins – no need to flip them over. Leave them to cool slightly before carefully lifting from the tray.
7. Juice the orange. Whisk with 2 tbsp olive oil till it looks creamy. Season to taste.Toss the salad leaves with half the dressing. Use the remaining dressing to drizzle over the burgers. If you have any leftover cumin seeds, toast them and scatter over the burgers.
8. Tip: If you haven't got a food processor, finely grate the beetroot and halloumi. Finely chop the garlic, chilli and mint. Mash the lentils till nearly smooth. Beat in the rest of the burger ingredients till it holds together.
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Ate one, threw the rest away



I loved these. I thought that they might be a bit too earthy tasting, but they were delicious. I found cooking them from frozen worked well too. Just give them a bit longer.



Sadly, not my thing. The preparation went well, although I added a couple more Tbsp of flour, as it seemed very smoochy and then left the patties in the freezer for a good 20min. Put them under the (very hot) grill - and then had to wait. In the end, grilled them for about 15min on each side, and they were vaguely crusty - but the inside was still just mush. The flavour was alright, but I guess the consistency was not quite my taste or what I had expected (and the much later than planned dinner time probably did not help).