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.

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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
  • WW
    4 Smart
    Points
  • 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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31 comments

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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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PaulaSaturday 20th July 2019

I made these last night. So delicious and easy to do, left them to cook for the full 7 minutes before flipping and they came out fine. Definitely one for repeating.

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    HollyTuesday 5th May 2020

    Hi Paula, so glad you enjoyed the burgers!

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Kirstie ShawWednesday 29th May 2019

I made the burgers last night YUM! Everyone who is saying about them falling apart you really do need to listen to the instructions and not touch them while they are cooking.

Question: How would I re heat the burger after freezing?

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    Emma TThursday 20th June 2019

    Hi Kirstie,

    I would pop them in the oven if you’re reheating ????

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Vivienne PenningtonSunday 27th January 2019

Could you use cheese instead of the Halloumi . Just thought

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DianeSaturday 12th January 2019

Hi there
I adore all your recipes but I’m wondering do you have a recipe for fruity couscous please I’ve tried but taste wasn’t good lol must appreicated.

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LesleyTuesday 6th November 2018

Hi, is there anything I can use to bind the burgers other than egg as I am cooking for someone who doesn’t eat eggs for humane reasons?

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MurielSunday 29th July 2018

Are you just using the egg yolks to bind with? When I’ve tried to use the whole egg in the past it ends up more like an omelette!

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JoSunday 24th June 2018

hi. i tried this and could not get them to stick together. ended up cooking them in yorkshire pudding tins in the oven!! didn’t turn out like burgers

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ClareSunday 27th May 2018

I found the mixture very wet and wouldn’t hold together but got round that by putting their into silicon egg rings in the pan then taking them off when turning and they came out great!

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JatieFriday 20th April 2018

Hello, has anyone oven cooked these? X

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SabrinaTuesday 20th February 2018

Made these this evening, they were absolutely delicious! Even my only meat eating husband devoured them. The salsa definetly added to the flavour, will be making again! Thanks for your wonderful recipes.

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KellyThursday 15th February 2018

Just wondering if this recipe works with giant cous cous?

Thanks x

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Laura ThomsonTuesday 13th February 2018

Just a thought, do you think this would work to make “pretend” breaded onion rings?

Think I could fry up and then crisp of in the oven.. hmmm

I will experiment tomorrow.

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StefSunday 14th January 2018

I tried to make these tonight, but they wouldn’t hold together!!! Instead I had a very nice pile of halloumi and cous cous with carrot!! Tasted nice, but not a burger!! Any ideas on why and how to make them bind? I’m assuming they were too dry?

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Tania HaskinsTuesday 2nd January 2018

Hi all is there an alternative to egg to do the binding please?

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Cherie RentonMonday 17th July 2017

Hi mate I’m dying to make this recipe, I have everything apart from the reduced that halloumi, can’t find it anywhere, where do I get it? Xx

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Michelle ThomasFriday 23rd June 2017

Just made this using the pre packed lemon and mint couscous, quick and tastes fabulous!

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VixWednesday 14th June 2017

Hiya, can these be frozen? If not, how long can they be kept in the fridge?

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    KateFriday 16th June 2017

    Hi Vix
    We’ve not tried freezing them, but I’m not sure that they will hold up to freezing very well. You can keep them in the fridge for a couple of days

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RachelTuesday 6th June 2017

I’ve prepped a few of these – do you think they’d be okay to freeze?

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    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Rachel,

    These would probably be better to freeze from cooked so they hold their shape better. Pop some parchment paper between them before freezing to stop them from sticking and reheat thoroughly ????

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KarenThursday 25th May 2017

Any gluten free alternatives to couscous?

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    KateMonday 29th May 2017

    Hi Karen
    Tesco and Asda both sell gluten free cous cous

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SamTuesday 23rd May 2017

Just made this for 4 and it was delicious! I added a tin of mashed mixed beans to it too, along with 2 tsp of paprika, a rounded tsp of cumin, a tsp of mixed herbs and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Lovely summery tea.

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