Grilled Halloumi Pita Sandwiches


Fire up your grill and get ready for some serious smoke.

Grilled Halloumi Pita Sandwiches
  • Yield:Serves 4
  • Active time:15 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes
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5 Delicious Cheeses You Should Throw on the Grill

Grill-seared slices of halloumi cheese make a hearty filling for pita sandwiches. [Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

Salty halloumi cheese browns beautifully on the grill and is perfect for making filling pita sandwiches with tomato, red onion, lettuce, and tzatziki.

Why this recipe works:

  • Halloumi cheese has a high melting point, which means it will brown on the grill without melting away.
  • Tangy and salty halloumi has a robust flavor that makes it stand out in a sandwich.


  • 4 Greek-style pocketless pitas
  • 1 pound Halloumi cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small head red leaf lettuce, rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup Tzatziki
  • Type of fire: Direct
  • Grill heat: medium-high


  1. 1.

    Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place pita on grill and cook until warm and pliable, about 30 seconds per side. Remove pita from grill.

  2. 2.

    Grill cheese until well browned on both sides, 1-2 minutes per side.

  3. 3.

    Transfer cheese to warmed pita and top with tomato slices, red onion, lettuce, and tzatziki. Serve immediately.

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