Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa

  • 15MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 277KCAL

These slimming friendly Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa are so substantial and filling that you won't even notice the lack of meat – and they're perfect if you're counting calories or following a diet like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories277
  • Carbs39g
  • Protein10g
  • Fat3g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars4g

Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Our Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa are so easy to make and are a fantastic addition to any barbecue, as well as being a really light dinner.

You will need a bit of patience when it comes to cooking these burgers.  Make sure to keep them on a low heat and don’t touch them until a good crust has formed underneath.  At this point you should be able to turn them over without breaking them apart!

We love these Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa served in a bun, flat bread or even on their own with a big dollop of Greek yoghurt.  The salsa also works really well with a range of dishes and it’s super quick and easy to make – perfect for pairing with different meals and a great addition to a barbecue table!

What diets are these Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa suitable for?

These Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa are suitable for vegetarian diets.

They can be made gluten free by swapping the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives;

  • Cous cous
  • Vegetable stock

Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa recipe?

  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make these Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa?

No, you don’t need any special ingredients or equipment to make this recipe!

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How many calories are in these Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa?

There are 277 calories per portion in this Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa recipe, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category.

These Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Add the cous cous into a large bowl. Very finely grate the carrot and add to the cous cous. Pour over the boiling stock, stir, cover and leave to sit for 15 minutes.

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Step 2

Meanwhile, cut the halloumi into slices, spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the cheese on each side until golden. Dice and set aside.

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Step 3

Now make the salsa. Finely dice the onion and tomato and add to a bowl. Add the chilli, coriander, salt, and vinegar, and leave to one side for the flavours to develop.

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Step 4

Uncover the cous cous. Fluff up and add the halloumi, mint and eggs. Mix well and form into 4 burgers.

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Step 5

Spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray again and, on a low heat, fry on each side (around 7 minutes per side) until golden.

Step 6

Serve in a bun or flat bread with the salsa spooned over the burgers and a dollop of fat free Greek yoghurt.

Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with these Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa?

These Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa are fantastic when served in a roll or flatbread, but also work really well alongside the any of the following dishes:

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How do you know when these Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa are cooked?

You’ll need to cook your burgers until a golden crust has formed on each side (this should take around 7 minutes per side).

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa in the fridge?

Once you’ve put them out, ideally you should eat them within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze these Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa?

No, we don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

How do I reheat these Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa

These slimming friendly Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers with Salsa are so substantial and filling that you won't even notice the lack of meat - and they're perfect if you're counting calories or following a diet like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 277
  • Carbs 39G
WW Points
  • 5 Green
  • 4 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

For the burgers

  • 150 grams cous cous
  • 90 grams reduced fat halloumi
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 130 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 carrot
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the salsa

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt

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Instructions

  1. Add the cous cous into a large bowl. Very finely grate the carrot and add to the cous cous. Pour over the boiling stock, stir, cover and leave to sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the halloumi into slices, spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the cheese on each side until golden. Dice and set aside.
  3. Now make the salsa. Finely dice the onion and tomato and add to a bowl. Add the chilli, coriander, salt, and vinegar, and leave to one side for the flavours to develop.
  4. Uncover the cous cous. Fluff up and add the halloumi, mint and eggs. Mix well and form into 4 burgers.
  5. Spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray again and, on a low heat, fry on each side (around 7 minutes per side) until golden.
  6. Serve in a bun or flat bread (adding the calories/Points etc accordingly) with the salsa spooned over the burgers and a dollop of fat free Greek yoghurt.

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HannahSaturday 13th June 2020

Ok I’m not sure where I went wrong with this…but the mixture wouldn’t hold form at all when I went to make the burgers. I followed instructions very carefully, covered the couscous with three layers of plastic wrap…any ideas?!

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    SharonMonday 22nd June 2020

    Hi Hannah, these Cous Cous Burgers are bound together with egg, so maybe the eggs you used were too small and didn’t bind the mixture properly? Hope you have success if you make this recipe again. Thanks for getting in touch with your question.

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KimMonday 4th May 2020

Made these and they were delicious! Will certainly make them again and the salsa also tasted amazing.
Yes the mixture is soft but I didn’t touch them until half way through cooking to turn once and they held together fine.

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    HollyTuesday 5th May 2020

    Hi Kim, so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

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DanniTuesday 10th December 2019

Does the 277 calories also include the burger bun? Thanks 😊

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    Holly LevellWednesday 27th May 2020

    Hey Danni, The Halloumi Cous Cous Burgers are great served in a roll or flatbread or with a number of our recipes like Rustic Potato Wedges. The accompaniment is down to preference so the calories are just for the burger and salas itself. Hope that helps!

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