PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOKING TIME: 25 minutes

MAKES 4 servings

You can’t beat the fresh taste of a high-quality homemade beef burger. These burgers take ten minutes or less to put together and are packed with juicy flavor. The crispy halloumi fries are made by simply deep-frying halloumi cheese—a low-carb french fry alternative packed with flavor and protein.

BURGER PATTIES

2 pounds (900 g) grass-fed ground beef (80% lean)

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

BURGER TOPPINGS

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ red onion, sliced

Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 ounces (60 g) fresh (soft) goat cheese, crumbled

FRIES

High-heat oil for deep-frying, such as coconut oil or avocado oil (about 3 cups/720 ml)

1 (8.8-oz/250-g) package halloumi cheese, sliced into fry-size pieces

SIDE SALAD (OPTIONAL)

4 large handfuls of mixed salad greens

2-Minute Homemade Mayonnaise (here), for dressing the salad

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the burger patties in a large bowl and use your hands to mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Divide the burger meat evenly into 4 balls, then use your hands to press into patties about 5 inches (12.75 cm) in diameter and ½ inch (1.25 cm) thick. Preheat a grill or cast-iron griddle pan to high heat.
  3. While the grill is heating up, make the red onion topping: Place the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the red onion slices. Sauté the onions for about 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook the burgers on the preheated grill or cast-iron griddle pan for about 5 minutes on the first side, then flip it and cook 5 minutes on the other side for medium done burgers.
  5. Make the halloumi fries: In a large heavy saucepan, heat a generous amount of oil (about 3 cups) to 350°F (177°C) over medium-high heat. (You want about 2 inches (5 cm) of oil in the pan and 3 inches (7.5 cm) or more of headspace above the oil.) Add all of the halloumi pieces to the hot oil and cook for about 5 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Drain the fries on paper towels.
  6. Top the cooked burgers with the onions and crumbled goat cheese. Serve with a side salad, if desired. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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