BBQ leftovers: 3 quick recipes

Once your barbecue is over, you may find your fridge is full of leftovers that need using up. It could be that you overspent when catering for your friends and family; an easy way to avoid this in the future is with our free money management software, which shows you exactly where you're spending money and what you should cut back on. However, using up leftovers is a great way to save money over the coming week, so check out these three simple recipes that turn regular barbecue leftovers into delicious dishes.

1. Leftover burger wraps

You will need:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 3-4 leftover cooked burgers, crumbled
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes

To serve:

    Tortilla wraps or corn tacos
  • Grated cheddar
  • Sour cream


Heat the oil in a heavy pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, pepper and garlic and cook gently for five minutes. The onion should become translucent and the peppers slightly soft. Add the cumin and give the mixture a good stir. Add the crumbled burgers and tinned tomato and cook until both the sauce and the meat are piping hot - this should take about 10 minutes. Spoon the mix into the tacos or tortilla wraps, top with the cheddar and sour cream, and serve.

2. Sausage and onion pasta

You will need:

    1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 cooked sausages, chopped
  • 50ml of stock
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 250ml single cream
  • A portion of your favourite pasta

To serve:

  • Grated cheddar


Start by caramelising your onions, which should take around 15 minutes. Fry the onions gently in the vegetable oil until they're soft and start to turn golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. If the onions stick to the bottom of the pan at any point, add a splash of stock. While the onions are caramelising you can cook the pasta, following the directions on the packet. Once it's cooked, drain and put it to one side. Put the sausages in with the onions and cook until the edges go brown. Add all of the stock and warm through for two minutes, then add the cream and lemon juice. Stir, season, and serve with cheese.

3. Bun and butter pudding

  • 3 leftover burger or hot dog buns, cut into cubes
  • 230ml hot water
  • 460ml warm milk
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 100g white sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


Pre-heat your oven to 180°C. Grease a heavy baking dish and put the buns into it. Mix the brown sugar into the water and pour it over the bread. Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour the mixture over the sugar and bread. Bake for an hour; it's ready when a knife can be pushed into the centre of the pudding and come out clean. Serve hot or cold with custard.


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