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minced beef and onion pie

Easy Minced Beef and Onion Pie

This Easy Minced Beef and Onion Pie is an old fashioned recipe that is just as good as I remember it and perfect for a warming midweek meal. Lots of savoury beefy flavour with the slight sweetness of caramelised onions.

Course Main Course
Cuisine English
Keyword comfort food, minced beef and onion pie, pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 781 kcal


  • 500 grams beef mince
  • 3 tbsps flour
  • 3 large onions
  • tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 600 mls beef stock 3 stock pots or cubes
  • 375 grams puff pastry


  1. Firstly I slice the onions into half moons about 1 cm thick, hopefully avoiding any weeping. 

    sliced onions in a large frying pan with a wooden spoon
  2. I use the largest frying pan I have and fry the onions in olive oil gently for about 15 minutes until they caramelise and go brown. This really enhances the flavour and brings a sweetness to the pie party.

    caramelised onions in a frying pan
  3. If you're baking your pie on the day then now is the time to preheat your oven to 200 C (180 fan)/400 F/Gas Mark 6

  4. Scoop out your onions and set aside. Using the same frying pan put it back on a medium heat, add another tbsp of olive oil and add the minced beef. Break the mince up with a wooden spoon or similar.

  5. The idea is to brown it all a little. Once the frying gets going you will see water begin to be released from the mince. This is when I scatter the flour over the top.

    flour scattered over mince in a frying pan with a wooden spoon
  6. Mix the flour completely in and then add the stock and the worcestershire sauce.

  7. Let it all bubble away for 15 minutes or so. 

    minced beef and gravy in a large frying pan with a wooden spoon
  8. Add the onions back into the pan.

    onions sitting on top of minced beef and gravy in a frying pan.
  9. To prepare your pie dish for the pastry lid then cut off pastry strips to fit your pie dish rim. You will need to roll out your pastry to a thickness of 3 mm on a floured surface if your pastry is not pre rolled. Brush your pie rim with a little water.

    pastry sheet lying next to a pie dish with strips of pastry around the rim.
  10. Place the pastry strips on top of your pastry dish rim. Fill your pie dish with your minced beef filling. Let the mixture cool for fifteen minutes at least.

    pie dish filled with minced beef and onion filling with strips of puff pastry around the rim
  11. Top your pie with the pastry carefully. I usually use a rolling pin to help move the pastry across over to the pie. Trim the excess pastry from around the dish with a knife.

  12. Make a couple of slits in the centre for steam to escape and then pinch the edges of the pie to crimp. I also like to cut 3 diamond shapes from the pastry offcuts and stick them around the steam holes. You could get all crafty and make anything you fancy out of the leftover pastry.

    a hand pinching the edges of the pastry of a pie.
  13. Brush generously all over the top of the pie with egg wash to get a beautiful glaze to the pastry when baked.

    pie brushed with egg wash surrounded by pastry off cuts and a mug with pastry brush.
  14. Bake for about 40 minutes until puffed up and about as gorgeous as you can imagine.

    baked pie with a napkin to the side with a serving spoon on it.

Recipe Notes

  • Get all your ingredients weighed out and ready. Sounds obvious but it saves so much stress, for me anyway.
  • Have your pastry at room temperature. It is so much easier to mange.
  • Use shortcrust pastry in exactly the same way if you prefer.
  • I love to use the shop bought ready rolled pastry as it is SO much easier.
  • To get ahead make the minced beef filling ahead and refrigerate. Place in the pie dish and proceed as above. Bake for 10 minutes extra in the oven. Watch that the pastry doesn't catch.

All nutritional information is approximate and intended only as a guide.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Minced Beef and Onion Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 781 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 722mg31%
Potassium 1016mg29%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.