Make these spicy cauli steak burgers for a delicious vegetarian BBQ option, or try out more veggie and vegan burger recipes such as our homemade veggie burgers, lentil burgers and classic vegan black bean burger.

For more meat-free options, check out our veggie burger, falafel burger and more vegetarian burger recipes.


  • ½ cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 sugar
  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp plain flour, well seasoned
  • 100g dried white breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • for frying groundnut oil
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, toasted and split in ½
  • 4 tbsp hummus
  • a small handful rocket
  • 4 slices red pepper
  • to serve (optional) hot sauce


  • STEP 1

    Toss the cucumber with the vinegar and sugar, and leave while you prep the burgers.

  • STEP 2

    Put the cauliflower stalk-end down on a chopping board. Trim the ends off 2 sides of the cauliflower then cut the remainder into 2cm slices through the root to make 4 ‘steaks’ (you can freeze the leftovers for soup or cauliflower cheese). Trim them down slightly if they’re much bigger than the size of the buns.

  • STEP 3

    Divide the spices equally between the flour and breadcrumbs in 2 shallow bowls. Dust each cauli steak in the flour. Dip in the beaten egg then coat in the breadcrumbs. Heat 1cm deep of oil in a large frying pan. Cook the steaks on a medium heat for about 5 minutes each side until crisp, golden and tender.

  • STEP 4

    To build the burgers, spread the top and bottom of each bun with hummus. Add a few rocket leaves then a slice of pepper. Top with the cauli steak and some drained pickled cucumber, and some hot sauce, if using. Put on the tops and serve.


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