Friday, February 28, 2014

Delicata Squash Burgers

Closeup of Burger on Bun with Tomato, Lettuce, and Parsley
Delicata Squash Makes Golden Burgers

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes

In case you haven’t heard, the world’s largest online foodie community,, now publishes a bi-monthly print edition. Recently an article in Allrecipes about in-season winter squash featured this recipe by Kphanie, who says that it makes wonderful ravioli stuffing as well as burgers. Delicata squash has a light flavor and just enough texture to hold a burger together. Though these burgers aren’t “meaty,” they’re agreeably flavored and textured, with sundried tomatoes, shallots, garlic, and Parmesan cheese adding to the delicate squash flavor. An excellent use of my last home-grown squash from 2013’s harvest, especially since my husband isn’t crazy about delicatas as-is.

Platter of 4 Golden Delicata Squash Burgers with Garnish
Sunny Burgers for Grey Winter Days
I added some fresh in-season parsley from the garden for color and flavor. You could leave out the parsley, used dried, or mix in a bit of dried Italian herbs.  I used panko crumbs, but any kind of dry crumbs will work.  I also cut the butter in half because I didn’t seem to need it. If you can’t get the mixture to stick together to make patties, try adding a small bit of water or oil. Conversely, if your burgers are too sticky, additional breadcrumbs will help.

Closeup of Squash mashed with Sundried Tomatoes and Shallots
Delicata Texture Makes Substantial Yet Light Burgers
Note that the squash must be baked, cooled, and scooped before putting the burgers together. If you happen to be baking other veggies, meat, or poultry a day or two before burger night, the delicata can be baked at the same time to save energy.

Yellow, Green and Red Burgers on Platter
Uncooked Burgers = Rasta Colors
I served the squash burgers on thin wholegrain sandwich rounds because the burgers contain significant amounts of breadcrumbs already and I’d rather not overdo the carbs. Because burgers are somewhat sweetly flavored, I wouldn’t pour on too much catsup. A few pepperoncini slices, however, compliment the sandwich well. These burgers are so tasty I wouldn’t hesitate to serve them on their own with a salad. In that case I’d count on diners wanting seconds. Please leave us a comment if you have other ideas about how to serve these unusual delicata burgers.

Burger on Bun with Pepperoncini, Tomato, and Lettuce Garnish
Sweet Sandwich Kicked up with Pepperoncini
Delicata Squash Burgers
serves 4

¾ lb. delicata squash
1 tbsp. butter or olive oil
1 shallot, minced (~ 3 tbsp.)
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp. chopped oil-packed sundried tomatoes
1 cup dry breadcrumbs, more if needed
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
salt and black pepper to taste
~2 tbsp. sunflower or other high heat oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Split delicata squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place upside down in baking pan. Roast until tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool, scoop out flesh into bowl when squash can be handled. You will have about 1 cup .

Heat butter or oil in a medium skillet. Sauté shallot until almost transparent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until shallot is transparent, another minute or two. Add sundried tomatoes and cook until softened, 2 – 3 minutes, or less, depending upon your tomatoes.

Mash squash into shallot mixture until well blended and relatively smooth. Remove from heat.

Transfer mixture to bowl and cool for 2 – 3 minutes. Stir in breadcrumbs until texture is consistent.

Add Parmesan cheese and parsley, and stir until well-blended. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Stir beaten egg until evenly distributed.

Shape mixture into 4 patties, about ¾ inch thick and 3 – 4 inches in diameter. Add more bread crumbs if mixture is too sticky to handle, or a bit of water or oil if it doesn’t stick together.

Heat 2 tbsp. oil in large frying pan over medium high heat. Cook patties in the hot oil until browned, about 4  - 5 minutes per side.

Closeup of Burger on Platter of Four
Guests Might Want More than One


  1. Wow…this looks really good. Add some chopped chili and curry powder, sprinkle some grated coconut on top, serve as appetizer or snack, should be good too. :)