Vegetarians will have a new fast food option on the high street with the launch of a halloumi burger at Burger King.
The new menu item, which was launched in the UK on Monday after a trial in Sweden, sees “crispy and delicious halloumi cheese from Cyprus” served in a brioche bun with lettuce, onions, tomato and mayonnaise.
Halloumi, a Cypriot cheese traditionally made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, is often fried or grilled because of its unusually high melting point and has become a staple of British barbecues.
It is wildly popular in the UK, which in 2013 was reported to have become the biggest consumer of halloumi in Europe outside of Cyprus itself and consumes more than 2,000 tonnes of the cheese each year, according to Burger King.
The fast food chain’s new burger is available with either single or double helpings of halloumi, starting from £3.99.
It follows the launch of the Impossible Whopper in the United States, a plant-based burger designed to taste like meat.