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Meat Pies Recipe – Irish Stout Hand Pies

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Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Leah Hall

Want a savory easy meat pie recipe for St. Patrick’s Day? We have the perfect one for you with stout beer!


We came up with a little traditional Irish cuisine for St. Patrick’s Day because we wanted an alternative to corned beef and cabbage. We adapted one of our favorite stews, a beef and stout beer stew, to make hand pies, which were perfect finger foods for a fun dinner with the kids or taking along for a nice lunch. We make these every year, as they are the perfect size, and so tasty!

Hand Pies on a white plate

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Ground Beef Meat Pie

Because we love to use alcohol in our cooking, we used Guinness, which is a quintessential Irish stout beer. As for using the famous Irish stout Guinness, the beer imparts a rich malty flavor to the filling making this a delicious savory easy meat pie recipe. This is an easy and quick recipe, perfect for celebrating the holiday!


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What Ingredients are Needed for the Savory Stout Hand Pies?

  • For the Pastry Dough
    • Flour
    • Salt
    • Cold Water
  • For the Filling
    • Garlic
    • Guinness
    • Salt & Pepper
    • Onion
    • Celery
    • Thyme
    • Ground Hamburger
    • Carrot
    • Worcestershire


Here are some cooking utensils you may need tor this recipe: skillet, spatula, pastry cutter, mixing bowl, pastry brush, parchment paper, cookie sheet. Happy Baking!


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Hand Pies on a white plate
Yield: 8

Easy Meat Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A perfect St, Patrick's Day meal, these hand pies are cooked in beer, and then baked. Easy meat pie recipe for everyone to enjoy!


For the Pastry Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4-5 Tablespoon cold water
  • 1/3 cup shortening

For the Filling

  • 1 pound ground hamburger
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced carrot
  • 1 Tablespoon dried garlic or 1 bulb fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Guinness
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


For the Filling

Brown hamburger, drain off fat.

Add onion, celery and carrot, along with spices and Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly until veggies have started to soften.

Pour in bottle of Guinness and cook over medium until most of the liquid is gone.

Take off heat and let cool slightly before placing in pastry.

This recipe will make more than you need.

We made about 8 hand pies and had a lot left over.

For the Pastry Dough

In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-sized.

Sprinkle 1 Tbsp water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat, using 1 Tbsp at a time, until all the dough is moistened. Form dough into a ball.

Onto a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough. Roll from center to edge. However big you want this is fine, it just needs to make 16 circles total.

We used a 5 inch round glass and cut around to form the circles. Make 16 for tops and bottoms of the hand pies.

To Make Hand Pies

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place about 1/3 a cup of the beef mixture on a pastry circle.

Dab some milk on the bottom edges with a pastry brush. Top with another pastry circle.

Press the 2 together and seal with a fork. Make it as pretty as you want!

Continue with all of them until you are finished.

Place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

For browning, you can brush tops with a mixture of 1 egg yolk and a tablespoon of water.

Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 8.9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 15.6gFiber: 0.8gSugar: 1.1gProtein: 9.2g

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Thursday 26th of January 2023

This look's good, I have a question. I don't drink so what can I use in place of the Guinness?


The Noms

Thursday 26th of January 2023

Hey there! Some good alternatives would be beef broth or mushroom stock! Cheers!


Sunday 8th of March 2020

Filling is exceptional - added a few more herbs. I could not get the pastry to work at all, would not set at all and when I tried rolling it out it completely crumbled. Got 4 Inch circles total. Must have had things off but I measured exactly. Good thing I had some phyllo dough in the freezer. Will have to work with the recipe again!


Wednesday 12th of July 2023

@The 'Noms., This didn’t make enough dough at all. I was able to cut 6 circles of 5” each then I patched together the remaining dough to make a 7” circle that I folded in half over the filling. I double checked the recipe and the dough was rolled very thin.

The 'Noms.

Monday 9th of March 2020

Christine, I am so sorry the pastry dough didn't work for you! This is our go-to pastry dough for pies and we have never had an issue with it, so I may need to see what's going on! I am glad you liked the filling. Please let us know if you try it again!

Lana @ The Joy Blog

Friday 18th of March 2016

Guinness is the husband's favorite drink. I'm saving this recipe to make this for us!

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

They pair up very nicely with a good cold Guinness!


Sunday 13th of March 2016

Those look delicious and perfect for St. Patricks Day!

Jennifer L. } Modern Chic

Saturday 12th of March 2016

Oh these look delicious! definitely want to make these this coming week. Great recipe!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 12th of March 2016

Thank you! I hope you do, they are so good! Enjoy!

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