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halloumi sandwich

Grilled Halloumi Sandwiches

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


These grilled halloumi sandwiches are a deliciously simple dinner recipe! The salty, crispy cheese and hearty ciabatta roll make a simple sandwich irresistible! Top it with a slice of tomato and a little balsamic glaze for a grown-up grilled cheese!


  • 4 ciabatta or whole wheat buns
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 8oz package of halloumi, thinly sliced into 8 pieces.
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze or pesto (optional)


  1. Brush the inside of the buns with a bit of olive oil. I actually used a spray olive oil to lightly coat the buns.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet or non-stick grill pan over medium heat. Place the buns cut side down on the pan while it heats up for 2-3 minutes. The buns should be just slightly toasted.
  3. Place the halloumi slices in the pan in a single layer. (If your pan is small, you can do this in batches.)
  4. Cook the halloumi for 2 minutes or until lightly browned then flip and continue to cook for 2 minutes until both sides are golden brown.
  5. Top each sandwich with a slice of tomato and two pieces of halloumi.
  6. Drizzle with balsamic glaze or pesto, if desired. Alex liked his plain, I liked mine with balsamic.


I’ve tried grilling halloumi on a cast iron grill pan, a cast iron skillet, and a non-stick skillet and I got the best results with the non-stick skillet. A cast iron pan can work but the halloumi is more likely to stick and it can melt if it’s heated for too long. I’d recommend a non-stick pan, if possible.

Keywords: Grilled Halloumi Sandwich