Woman makes hot cross bun burger but people can’t tell if it’s ‘genius or scary’


A woman has divided opinions after sharing her slightly controversial hot cross bun recipe.

The spiced raisin buns marked with icing or a dough cross are traditionally eaten during Lent, especially in the week leading up to Easter.

But instead of slathering a generous amount of butter to a bun and digging in, Poppy O’Toole took things one step further.

Poppy has racked up a staggering 1.4 million followers on TikTok, where she’s known as @poppycooks, for sharing simple-to-follow recipes and cooking hacks – but it’s her hot cross lamb burger that’s got people talking.

In a video that has been viewed almost 40,000 times, Poppy explains how to make the delicious sweet and savoury concoction.

The first step is to marinate your lamb with similar spices to those used in a hot cross bun, Poppy explains, before you pop it in the oven to slow roast.

Then she moves onto her roast potatoes.

After boiling her spuds, she adds them to an oiled tray and puts them in the oven with the lamb.

The final step is assembly.

Once the lamb is cooked, shred it whilst your hot cross buns are toasting.

To the spiced bun, she puts lashings of mint sauce, lamb and a few roasties before putting the lid on.

She said: “For me, I could have hot cross buns for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and this is perfect for that Easter BBQ we’re all going to have.”

Since being posted, the video has received more than 3,500 likes and 100 comments from divided fans.

Whilst some people were unsure of the odd combination, others were keen to make it themselves.

One person said: ‘”Omg amazing – have to try this next weekend!!!!”

Another said: “That does look pretty spectacular.”

“That defo sounds strange but it might be quality. I’d defo try it,” admitted a third.

A fourth person put: “I can’t tell if this is genius or scary.”