Spicy cauli steak burgers

  • Serves 4
  • Easy
Check out our easy deep-fried cauliflower steaks with lightly toasted ciabatta rolls. Make these super simple veggie burgers for a quick dinner for four
By Amanda James


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


  • 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.

Additional Information


  • kcals 584
  • fat 16.2g
  • saturates 1.4g
  • carbs 82.1g
  • sugars 10.3g
  • fibre 8.5g
  • protein 23.2g
  • salt 1.5g
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