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Would you eat a squirrel burger?

Mmmmm, bushy.

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GREY SQUIRREL BURGERS, coming soon to a hipster joint near you.

It’s only a matter of time before the bushy-tailed delicacies are following in the footsteps of the ostrich and kangaroo burgers and making their way onto menus at music festivals and happening restaurants.

This weekend a food fest in Gloucestershire held a competition to find the tastiest squirrel burger recipe, with the aim of making the most out of the 100,000 grey squirrels, considered to be a “nuisance” across the UK.

The Daily Mail reports that 15 people ultimately volunteered to prepare a tasty squirrel quarter pounder, which required three animals per burger.

The winning entry was a ‘cajun melt surprise’, with organisers reporting that they’ve had Michelin star chefs saying that they would welcome squirrel meat on their menus.

I've been trying out my squirrel burger recipe ... Source: Facebook

The competition has also raised concerns however, with animal rights groups calling it a “smear campaign” against grey squirrels. The RSPCA has also raised concerns about how the critters used for the cookery contest may have been killed.

The grey squirrel is listed as one of Ireland’s most unwanted invasive species, after being introduced to Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Dublin’s Science Gallery website carries a recipe for Guinness and Grey Squirrel stew, while a couple of years back Wildside.ie offered a recipe for Grey Squirrel Casserole.

What about you? Would you try a Grey Squirrel Burger? 

Poll Results:

No (276)
Yes (235)

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