• 1 butternut squash (choose one with a long neck, if you can)
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp garlic-infused oil
  • small handful of parsley, finely chopped
  • handful of rocket
  • 4 burger buns (ensure vegan, if needed)
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise (ensure vegan, if needed)
  • 1 large tomato, sliced into 4, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Cut the squash in half where the neck meets the bulbous part. Reserve the bulbous part for another recipe (see tip, below). Trim the stem at the top of the neck, then carefully slice into roughly 1cm discs – you should get about eight, depending on the length. Set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Combine the chilli, garlic and oil with a pinch each of salt and ground pepper in a small bowl.

  • STEP 3

    Light the barbecue and wait until the coals are ashen. Brush one side of the squash discs with the chilli and garlic mixture, then season with salt. Cook oiled-side down for 10 mins, closing the barbecue if you can and basting with more of the chilli and garlic mixture every few minutes until the discs begin to soften. Flip over, brush with more of the chilli and garlic mixture, and cook for a further 10-15 mins, continuing to baste as before. Once tender and slightly caramelised, they are ready. Toss the parsley and rocket in the remaining chilli and garlic mixture.

  • STEP 4

    Serve two squash burgers per bun, also filled with some of the dressed rocket and parsley leaves, a spoonful of mayo and slice of tomato.

Recipe tip

Rain or shine
If the weather’s not cooperating, heat a frying or griddle pan over a medium-low heat. Brush one side of each squash disc with the chilli and garlic mixture as before, and cook for 15 mins, until slightly charred and starting to soften. Turn over, baste again and cook for 10-15 mins more until tender and slightly charred.

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