Burger King in Sweden tempts world with sandwich made from fried halloumi cheese

Burger King Sweden’s Halloumi King
Burger King Sweden’s Halloumi King
Photo: Burger King Sweden

Maybe you’ve been to a Greek restaurant lately. Maybe you ordered the flaming saganaki. Or maybe you’ve frequented a farmer’s market, and you tasted this squeaky, briny, exceptionally tasty white cheese griddling on a hot pan, crisping on its surface. In either cases, there’s a good chance you’ve tasted halloumi.


Halloumi, which has Cypriot roots, is made from either sheep’s or goat’s milk, and often blended with cow’s milk. It has a high melting point, which makes it an ideal cheese for frying. If the idea of crisp cheese intrigues, you will find halloumi a delight. Buy it.

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We bring up halloumi because in Sweden, Burger King has introduced a sandwich that sounds damn delicious. It’s called the Halloumi King, a “burger” with a deep-fried slab of cheese, mayo, and the requisite fixins’. On BK Sweden’s Facebook page, we found another sandwich called Extra Looong BBQ Halloumi.

Halloumi is also quite popular in the U.K., and a number of outlets are reporting that Brits are clamoring for Burger King to offer the sandwich in their country. Let me be the among the first Americans to say: Look, Burger King, you can win over vegetarians who otherwise wouldn’t touch your Whoppers, who will want to try this crispy fried cheese sandwich. As an avowed carnivore, I would destroy this also. Please consider, American BK.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.



Repeating the request that McDonalds (and BK in this case) bring their most popular offerings overseas stateside: this halloumi burger from Sweden, the McAloo Tikki from India, and the Ebi Filet shrimp burger from Japan.

I know logistically it’ll be tough to source to suppliers and handle distribution.  But if they limit it to specific-termed runs in certain regions of the country like they used to do with the McRib, it could work.