Shepherd’s Pie Burgers

Shepherd's Pie Burgers

Mashed potatoes on top of a burger might seem odd, but it was a revelation on top of this burger inspired by shepherd’s pie! It tasted so good that I might have to use potatoes on top of my burgers more often! The gravy dripping down the sides of the burger was also dripping down my smiling face as I took bite after bite of this amazing burger loaded up with lots of my favorite things.

The inspiration for these shepherd’s pie burgers

There was a million ideas in my head about a shepherd’s pie sandwich, and then I realized it had to be a burger! When I realized I could use gravy as one of the toppings it really came together for me. This was a great St Patrick’s day lunch! I never thought to top a burger with mash potatoes, and I have clearly been missing something my whole life.

Cooking the lamb burger

Form the lamb into 4 burger patties. Season aggressively with salt and pepper and cook in a hot pan until browned on all sides and medium well in the center. Top with munster!

making the burger

Crispy onion topping

I wanted to get lots of onion flavor into this shepherd’s pie burger so I added crispy onions on top, cooked onions in the gravy, and scallions in the mashed potatoes! I just used store bought crispy onions for this but if you want to make your own, this is a great recipe.

crispy onions

Making the mashed potatoes

The potatoes are just boiled russet potatoes mixed with butter, cream, scallions, salt, and pepper.

all the toppings ready

Making the gravy

For the gravy I cooked some onions and garlic in butter, formed a quick roux, and added beef broth.

building the shepherd's pie burgers

Building the shepherd’s pie burger

Start with a toasted bun with mustard, then add the burger, then the potatoes, then the corn, onions, and gravy. The cheese on the burgers is munster!

shepherd's pie burgers

A beautiful mouthful of a burger! A blast of shepherds pie in every bite!

shepherd's pie burgers

Twists on the shepherd’s pie burger

You could do this with beef, I have used beef making this burger before and it was awesome. You could also use store bought gravy or mashed potatoes!

If you want more fun twists on shepherd’s pie, check out my breakfast shepherd’s pie, shepherd’s pie deep dish pizza, or these shepherds pie nachos!

Shepherd’s Pie Burgers

A lamb burger topped with mashed potatoes, corn, scallions, crispy onions, and gravy
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Keyword: burger, Mash-Up
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 1536kcal



  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 scallions sliced thin
  • salt and pepper


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/5 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 4 slices Munster cheese
  • 1 cup corn warmed up
  • 1 cup crispy onions toasted in the oven
  • 4 brioche buns toasted in the oven
  • 1/2 cup mayo



  • Peel and cut the potatoes and add them to a pot of water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender
  • Strain the potatoes and add them to a bowl with the butter, cream, and chives. Stir to combine and mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste


  • Add the butter to a small frying pan over medium heat and add the onions. Cook about 12 minutes until soft and starting to brown at the edges.
  • Add in the garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add in the flour and stir to combine. Cook about 3 or 4 minutes until the flour darkens slightly.
  • Whisk in the stock and bring to a simmer. Add in the thyme. The gravy should thicken but if it seems too thin you can just keep simmering it a bit longer to get the right consistency.


  • Split the lamb into 4 pieces and firm burger patties. Season well with salt and pepper. Cook on a grill or in a pan to brown on both sides and cook to medium well. Top with the cheese.
  • Build the burgers starting with the toasted bottom bun, then some mayo, then the burger, then the potatoes, and finally the corn and onions. Serve with the top bun.


Calories: 1536kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 107g | Saturated Fat: 48g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 29g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 327mg | Sodium: 1269mg | Potassium: 1486mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1936IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 328mg | Iron: 6mg


  1. Wow…. being Irish and husband being the world’s biggest burger fan this is going to be tried tonight! He would seriously eat burgers 7 nights a week and be quite happy with it! Sure glad I came across you..>Thanks Macheesmo!

  2. HOLY CRAP! It exists! I’m making these tonight and my husband is going to FLIP THE FRICK OUT! I bow to you oh burger inventor

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