15-minute chicken & halloumi burgers

Struggle to find dishes to cook that take very little time but the whole family will love? Look no further than these chicken and halloumi burgers

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:10 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 737
  • fat 42g
  • saturates 10g
  • carbs 49g
  • sugars 6g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 39g
  • salt 4.1g


  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp oil, plus extra for frying the halloumi, if needed
  • 4 tbsp piri-piri sauce or other mild chilli sauce, plus extra for drizzling
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • burger buns, split in half
  • 250g block lighter halloumi, sliced into 8 pieces
  • ¼ small white cabbage, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp hummus, tzatziki or soured cream & chive dip
  • handful of rocket or 4-8 soft lettuce leaves
  • 2 large roasted red peppers from a jar, drained and sliced


Use the leftovers

This recipe is easily halved; or layer any remaining rocket, dip, halloumi and peppers into a lunchbox for the next day.


  1. Put the chicken breasts between two pieces of baking parchment and bash with a rolling pin until 1cm thick. Cut each into two even pieces. 

  2. Heat two frying pans over a medium-high heat, heating the oil in one. Fry the chicken in the oiled pan for 3-4 mins on each side until cooked through. Season. Reduce the heat, drizzle in the chilli sauce and half the lemon juice and cook for 1-2 mins more until the sauce is reduced. Remove from the heat.

  3. While the chicken cooks, toast the buns in the dry frying pan for 30 secs. Transfer to a plate, then fry the halloumi in the pan (add a bit of oil if the pan is not non-stick) for 30 secs on each side until golden. Toss the cabbage with the mayo and remaining lemon juice.

  4. Spoon the hummus (or dip of your choice) into the toasted buns, then top with the rocket, chilli chicken, halloumi and peppers. Drizzle with a little more chilli sauce, spoon over the cabbage, season with black pepper, and top with the bun lids. Serve with any extra cabbage on the side, or a green salad.

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