Ground Beef Pasties

I had never eaten, much less heard of, a pasty until I moved to Michigan. Pasties are a hugely characteristic delicacy of Michigan’s upper peninsula. Many local stores in our area carry them, so I’ve had a few in the years since moving here.

We really enjoy my homemade version. They’re not hard to put together at all, although they do require a bit more time than most meals since they involve rolling dough. But I think that extra work is so worthwhile, especially since these freeze really well. They’re great to have on hand in the freezer for a quick lunch. My husband also appreciates their convenience when he needs a quick meal before heading out to work or to take with when he goes.


Ground Beef Pasties

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5-6 medium-sized red potatoes, cubed
  • 2 c. diced veggies (I usually use just fresh carrots, but my carrots weren’t fresh as I would have liked this time, so I used 2 cups of frozen mixed veggies instead. It was a great substitution!)
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Homemade pie crust or store-bought (enough for 3 -4 crusts)
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/4 T. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 c. beef stock, broth or bullion cubes
  • 2 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning

1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion for 5 minutes. Stir in potatoes and fresh veggies, if using. Stir in seasonings. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. (If using frozen veggies, stir into skillet shortly before removing from heat.) Cool.


2. Roll out dough into a circle, about the size of a small plate. (If using store bought dough, cut each piece of dough into fourths and roll into a circle.) Place about 1/3 c. beef filling into the center of each dough circle. Fold over, seal and roll edges.

3. Brush each pasty with beaten egg yolk and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until golden and pie crust is fully cooked.

4. While pasties cook, melt butter or margarine in a small saucepan. Whisk in flour and cook 2 minutes. Whisk in beef stock, bring to a slow boil and boil until thickened. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasoning.


5. Serve pasties with gravy on the side for dipping or poured on top.

**Platter in top photo from Entertaining At Home.

27 thoughts on “Ground Beef Pasties

  1. Now I bet even my picky eaters would enjoy this one for a change.

    I may have to try this with pizza dough as well – sort of like a calzone without the cheese (but I could probably do that too


  2. These kind of remind me of what they called up north “pasty pie” (pronounced past e)
    Only difference is that the pasty pie was in a pie dish, with shredded carrots, diced potatoes, and ground beef from what I can remember. Been awhile

  3. I tell ya, your recipes speak to me. Every single one I’ve seen looks awesome. I feel like I don’t have enough days to try all the recipes I’m drooling over. Thanks, as always, for sharing!

  4. I love pasties. I know that my mom, whose who family is Cornish, would not approve of ground beef or store bought dough, but this makes the recipe way easier! And it’s WAY easier than having to drive out near where the miners settled here in CA and pick up a dozen from the local stores!

  5. I am from the U.P. and I can tell you that those look great! (Only we use ketchup and not gravy~ no one would be caught dead using gravy!) Where in Michigan are you located? Thanks for the link, as well..great site!


  6. Down here in Southern Wisconsin, we also have a lot of pasties. We live in an old lead mining region, and many Cornish miners settled in the area, bringing the pasty with them. Looks tasty!

  7. Tried these tonight. I love them… made a crust using butter ( was out of shortening)…. My husband covered his with gravy, said they were good but dry… I liked them with a little gravy thanks for the recipe.

  8. SO yummy! I tweaked the filling just a little bit. I used frozen peas for the veggie; garlic herb seasoning, BBQ sauce, and a few drops of Tapatio were my seasoning. It took quite a bit longer than stated in the recipe to cook as well. I know it’s not traditional in any sense but it was still quite delicious. My boyfriend and I both loved them.

  9. What are the instructions if you decide to freeze these? Do you cook them first and then just reheat? How long do they take to reheat? These look soo yummy and I am always looking for ideas to put in the freezer for quick lunches!! Thanks!

    1. Hi Celina,
      Frozen cooked pasty – let it defrost overnight – put it in a COLD oven and give it about 15 minutes at gas 6 (400F/200C). The idea is that the whole pasty (including the filling) warms up with the oven and, when the oven gets to temperature it crisps up the pastry. Fan ovens heat up much more quickly so with them it might be better to do 10 minutes at 100C then 5 minutes at 200C All the best

  10. What a hit! Out of my 4 kids, 2 are extremely picky! These pasties were such a hit! I found a great pie crust recipe on (which I intend to make frequently and freeze)!

    Thanks so much! And THANK YOU PINTEREST for leading me to this great recipe!

  11. The recipe is really good! The only problem I had was the 1/4 Tbsp of butter for the gravy. It just turned the flour into balls, and then when I added the liquid, my gravy was VERY lumpy, and I could not get rid of the little balls of flour. After that, I looked online and I think it is supposed to be 1/4 CUP OF BUTTER with 1/4 cup of flour. Do that, and you should be fine.
    I forgot to put in the veggies, but the meat and potatoes tasted great by themselves. I will definitely make this again! It is time consuming – from the time I started dicing the onions, until the time it was done (I cooled it in the freezer), took about 2 hours non-stop. I used store bought pie crusts (Publix brand) that I quartered, rolled into balls, and rolled out while the meat and potatoes were cooking. Well worth the time though!

    1. Amanda, a trick for no lumps is to add very cold liquid to the roux (butter and flour mixture).
      hot roux, cold liquid = no lumps

  12. These are a British and Australian tradition! Kids can buy them from school canteens, and 7/11 have “pie warmers” full of them – you can buy them at any convenience store! This is a great recipe and very similar to the famous store bought ones. My kids love to take them cold for lunch as well. When I lived in the USA – I often used the Crescent Roll pastry as a substitute… Thanks for the share!

  13. Pasties are a staple items for this “UP-per”. I miss the Upper Peninsula (hey, Gwinn!) but at least I can still have a good hot pastie. I’m a ketchup girl, too. Although, that gravy does sound worth a go! Very few things get me to break out a rolling pin and pasties are one of them.

    1. I grew up with cheese sauce and/or gravy..My G’pa learned how to make them while in England during WWII..we love them…added mushroom soup ro cheese sauce..we do not like shrooms so we added celery soup to the cheese sauce..oh is this yummy..and does take a while if making own crust..well worth it…
      Thanks for the memories..M

  14. My grandma was brought up in the mines of Ironwood, MI. Her mother would make them for her dad to take to the mine. Our family recipe has been handed down and this is very similar. She would use cubed steak. We still love in Michigan and love making big batches for gatherings – huge family affair – and loads of fun. We have always used ketchup instead of gravy. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to try your recipe.

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