Meat Pie Burger

Meat pie burger

The flaky pie crust “bun” is the star of this burger inspired by the flavors in of a meat pie! Combine that with a juicy beef patty and caramelized onion jam and all you need is a thick slice of cheddar to make an amazing burger! I had never had a burger with a pie crust bun before so I didn’t know if this would hold together. It ended up coming out amazing!

The inspiration for this recipe

I wanted to make a “winter burger” this week. After making a ton of burgers for my cookbook photo shoot, I was disappointed I didn’t really get to enjoy them. I needed to make a burger to eat all by myself. There was some leftover pie crust from another recipe, and I almost wrapped the burger in the crust. It would be good but more of a pocket or hand pie than a true burger. I finally came up with the idea of meat pie, and put the burger on a pie dough crust with an onion jam!

Make the pie crust buns

Pie rounds on a baking sheet. I just used store bought pie dough and cut these out with a plastic cup. Double them up to make them a little thicker. I added some of the pie scraps to the top bun to make it look nice.

pie crust buns

Making the caramelized onion jam

Cook the onions way down. You want like 45 minutes of slow cooked oniony goodness. This will give the meat pie burgers a deep delicious flavor.

caramelizing onions

At the very end you add some worcestershire, honey, and mustard. It’s looking real jammy now!

onion jam

Cook the burger

Form the meat into a burger patty about the same size as the pie crust buns. Make sure it is a little bigger because it will shrink while cooking. Cook the burger and add some cheese. Yum.

cooking the burger with sharp cheddar

Building the meat pie burgers

Put the burger on the bottom bun with a little mayo, then top with the onion jam. caramelized onions might be the best flavor in the world.

topping the burger with the onion jam

So good! Tastes like a meat pie, but in a burger form!

Meat pie burger!

The flaky pie crust for a burger bun is a new concept for me. It was a really cool new texture.

meat pie burgers

The thyme and worcestershire added that meat pie flavor to the onions, and the honey helped with the savory and sweet balance.

holding a meat pie burger

Twists on this meat pie burger

You could serve the meat pie burger with some gravy to dip and it might give you a more full on meat pie experience. That being said, it didn’t need a sauce or anything.

If you want to make a real meat pie, I like this recipe.

For more fun burger ideas, check out my corn tortilla smash burger, fried dough burger, or this tasty shrimp and plantain burger.

Meat Pie Burger

A burger with the flavors of meat and onion pie, complete with pie crust as the bun and caramelized onion jam.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: burger, Mash-Up
Servings: 3 burgers
Calories: 1065kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 raw pie crusts, homemade or store bought
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 slices cheddar cheese
  • mayo


  • Place the butter into a frying pan with the onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium high heat to brown and cook, adjusting the heat as needed to avoid burning. Cook about 40 minutes until deep brown.
  • Add the thyme, mustard, worcestershire, and honey and cook another 2 minutes
  • Meanwhile, cut rounds from the pie crust. You want it to be thicker than normal pie crust, about 1/4 inch, so double up the dough if needed. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes to brown and cook through.
  • Form 3 burger patties the same size as the pie dough rounds. Season with salt and pepper. Cook in a hot frying pan with some oil to medium, melting the cheese on top after you flip.
  • Build the burger with a pie crust first, then a little mayo, then the burger, then the onion jam, then the top crust. Serve.


Calories: 1065kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 30g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 808mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 441IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 6mg


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