Dubliner Beef Burger

The smashing Dubliner Beef Burger with Irish Stout Ketchup from Ireland is coated in flour, fried and topped with Irish cheese and homemade ketchup.

Dubliner Beef Burger with Irish Stout Ketchup Served on a White Plate

Today’s Food Network challenge is burgers; everyone’s favorite way to enjoy ground beef…or at least mine. While I most often grill burgers, this Dubliner Beef Burger with Irish Stout Ketchup is unique in that it is not only fried but it’s rolled in some flour before going into the frying pan and the result is a subtle but still crispy crust.

This beef burger with Guinness Irish Stout Ketchup has truly become my favorite everyday burger and the one that certainly gets made when it’s either raining, too hot, or even snowing outside and the grill is not on my agenda.

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I’m not a huge fan of ketchup as I mentioned yesterday in the post for the Homemade Guinness Irish Stout Ketchup, it’s been a given for years that it would never grace my burgers; I’m a mustard fan through and through.

As a matter of fact, since my youngest daughter graduated from college and moved out I keep a little jar for the occasional addition to a recipe but nothing like the mega containers I had when she was here.

She was the type that had to ‘ketchup’ everything; maybe that helped turn me off. That girl could ruin the best omelet or steak in a heartbeat; everything was finished with a big blob of that high fructose red sauce! Once she was gone; so was my nemesis!

Dubliner Beef Burger with Homemade Guinness Irish Stout Ketchup

When I did decide to make my own I have to give credit where it’s due…it would never have happened without experiencing the products from Ballymaloe and I still recommend trying it if you ever see it in a market.

Changed my life (or at least my ketchup attitude). Unfortunately it’s hard to find and a bit pricey so I decided this week to try making my own and I think I did a pretty good job; ketchup consumption in my home is surely going to increase with my newfound recipe.

When I was first asked to sample the Ballymaloe products; I also received a recipe for a burger that included grilled onions in the mix along with beef, the stout version of ketchup, pepper, thyme and an egg. Some very simple things have made this one of my favorite burgers.

First, the onions are sauteed before they are mixed with the beef and seasonings. Of course I presumed this was a flavor thing and I sure do love onions that are sweetened a bit with a short cook time but I discovered something else when I made them a couple of months ago.

Not having time to saute, I added the raw onions into the beef mixture and cooked them on the stovetop as I had done before. BIG mistake.

There is a huge value to that pre-cooking step that wouldn’t be evident on the grill…those babies cry a LOT. I mean the pan was basically steaming them instead of frying them by the time they were done.

And that is a shame because another step was totally wasted with that happening. I have never seen a recipe for a burger that calls for them to be rolled in flour before cooking but these do and it creates such a nice crust on the outside. As long as the onions don’t sweat and fill the pan with water!

Ah…so now I get it and don’t do what I first did. Follow the directions and saute those onions first OK?  What a difference that made this week. This really is a burger meant for pan frying too; that outside bit of crunch is a nice balance.

Burger with Dubliner Cheese and Homemade Irish Stout Ketchup

The Dubliner Beef Burger with Irish Stout Ketchup is the perfect meal if you want to get your Irish on but don’t have the time or inclination to cook all day. The ketchup is easy; it just takes a while to simmer and well, the burgers take as long as burgers do plus 5 minutes for the onions. Easy Peasy, unique and absolutely delish!

While there is a huge call from a lot of people to stop consuming products like ketchup that contain high fructose corn syrup on principle, for me I simply don’t care for the product. Making my own with fresh ingredients, spices and my favorite beer and adding it to this burger? Priceless!

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Homemade Guinness Irish Stout Ketchup

Dubliner Beef Burger

An Irish style burger coated with flour and cooked in a cast iron skillet and best when topped with homemade Guinness Irish Ketchup!
5 average from less than 50 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine American, Irish
Servings 4 Burgers
Calories 387 kcal


For the Burger Mixture

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • cup chopped onions
  • 16 ounces ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Guinness Irish Ketchup
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ cup flour seasoned
  • Olive oil for frying

To Prepare the Burger

  • 4 soft burger buns
  • 2 ounces medium white cheddar grated or sliced
  • mixed lettuce greens
  • 1 Red onion sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Guinness Irish Ketchup


  • Melt the butter in a pan, add the onions, cover and sweat until soft. Allow to cool and then mix in a bowl with all the other ingredients.
  • Shape into burgers and toss in seasoned flour, patting off excess. Fry in the olive oil over medium heat, turning as required until fully cooked (internal temperature of at least 160°F) about 4 minutes each side.
  • Serve on a toasted bun with cheese shavings, lettuce, onion slice and a dollop of Guinness Irish Ketchup .


Nutrition Facts
Dubliner Beef Burger
Serving Size
1 Burger
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword beef, dinner, dubliner, hamburger, irish, lunch
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    1. There are those rare comments that make the work that goes into sharing what I love worthwhile. Yours was one of then. And your son is not alone…I feel the same way! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment; it means a lot.

  1. VERY much agree with your article and all comments. So impressed with these sauces and ketchups, I contacted Sean Hyde in the USA office and talked them into taking us on as a distributor for Wisconsin/Minnesota. Launching our version of the burger soon…testing has been delicious!
    Using the products in our pub and selling bottles out of our in-house store: In The Celtic Tradition. Sales are virtually assured as soon as we give folks a free taste.

    1. I was totally honest; normally I’m a ‘hold the ketchup’ type but now I would take this slathered all over my burger!

  2. Your burger looks utterly delicious, Barbara! I’m not a big fan of Ketchup (however, Corina, my daughter would not enjoy eating a burger without it) but this Irish charm with stout looks almost like a BBQ sauce and would gladly drizzle over my meat patty. What a great history…

    1. That’s probably a more accurate description especially in comparison to our ketchup which is what? Red sugar? 🙂 This was such a simple burger but SO good. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I’m so envious Georgia. For years I never paid much attention to our later spring in Denver; after living here for years I just accepted that I couldn’t plant until 5/15. With the advent of social media I am reminded daily that we are indeed a mile high and a mile behind too…I wanted to grill today and I’m usually pretty determined but the combination of wind and cold kept me from that calling!

      I am seriously serious…it is worth finding; anything that I find that matches up to my beloved mustard is a winner for sure. 🙂

  3. Well, when it comes to ketchup, I could have been your daughter. Love the stuff though I must say that I don’t nearly eat it now, as much as I did way back. Probably because I don’t eat beef anymore. Maybe that was my way of disguising it. I love French fries with ketchup and maybe I love the ketchup more! In any case, now I must try this ketchup and I have always been tempted to make my own! But I’d rather eat it in Ireland. In a castle. Surrounded by sheep and green fields.

    1. I wish I could think of all she put ketchup on; including spaghetti! Sometimes I thought I should just serve her a bowl of ketchup for dinner. This stuff I think I could eat with a spoon…I’ll be heading by Cost Plus this afternoon to stock up; wonder if they sell it by the case? 🙂

    1. It is so good Liz; it was all I could do to NOT add mustard to the mix but I’m thankful I tried it as is; it’s now a new friend. 🙂

  4. We’re not big ketchup users either. One of these days I’ll probably make my own just because, but we go through about a bottle a year, so buying it seems just as easy. Easier, really. Never had ketchup with stout — like the idea! But it’s mustard on my burger, please. Maybe I’ll dip a fry or two into the ketchup (although if they’re good fries I prefer them with just salt and pepper, or maybe some malt vinegar). Anyway, fun post — thanks.

    1. I’m the same John but seriously…I just LOVED this stuff. I thought of fries when I wrote the post; I might mix some ketchup with mayo and dip…sort of an ugh huh but my daughter did get me doing that! 🙂

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