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Top 5 Saint Patrick Day Grilled Recipes

Grilling on Saint Patrick’s Day

The GrillJunkie team fired up the grill in honor of Saint Patrick Day and cranked out a Top 5 Grilled Irish Recipes list! This list and these recipes were inspired by Barbecues and Grilling expert Derrick Riches from As Derrick explains,

“St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to fire up the grill or smoker. So many traditional dishes benefit from fire and st patrick daysmoke that this is a perfect cookout holiday. So, put down the green beer and make a meal that is actually worthy of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is often an excuse to drink green beer, eat corned beef and cabbage, and embrace a stereotype that has little to do with the people and the place that this holiday is really meant to commemorate. The truth is that Corned Beef and Cabbage isn’t a very Irish dish. It is American. And the green beer thing? That is just a way to pass off cheap and bad beer as palatable. While my recipes in this collection aren’t any more authentic, they have the virtue of being delicious and well worth the holiday, so fire up the grill, heat up the smoker, and make something great this St. Patrick’s Day.”

Saint Patrick Day – Top 5 Grilled Recipes

1. Corned Beef Burgers with Stout Mustard and Fried Egg

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Corned Beef Burgers with Stout Mustard.  Westend61/Getty Images

Every store rolls out the corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day. The problem is that most people don’t know what to do with it. It gets boiled and baked and served dry with cabbage. That is a real shame. Corned beef is already cooked and perfect for so many uses. This burger gets topped with finely chopped corned beef and a fried egg. It is truly and an incredible burger that will be a favorite all year long. This is a great recipe if you have leftover corned beef. These Corned Beef Burgers are tender and delicious and the stout mustard and fried egg really help to pull the entire sandwich together.




  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup corned beef, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 eggs
  • vegetable or olive oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliceddownload

for mustard:

  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon stout beer
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Combine ground beef with chopped corned beef, minced onion, and garlic. Form into 4 equal sized patties.
  2. Place on the grill grate and cook for 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked through. Once cooked, remove from heat and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet and fry eggs to desired doneness. Over easy or sunny-side up is recommended for this burger.
  4. Combine stout mustard ingredients. Taste and adjust to your liking.
  5. Place cooked burger patties onto bottom bun, top with lettuce, mustard sauce, sliced tomatoes, and fried egg. Add remaining half of bun and serve.

2. Grilled Irish Meatloaf

You don’t generally think of the grill when it comes to making meatloaf, but it is actually a fantastic way to prepare it. All you really needs is a few layers of aluminum foil, well greased to set it on and you can put some smoke flavor into any meatloaf. This festive meatloaf is loaded with both ground beef and lamb, white cheddar, and plenty of stout beer. We recommend a smokey, charcoal fire to grill this, but a gas will work almost as well.

A delicious combination of beef, lamb, and of course bacon. We recommend cooking this meatloaf over a charcoal fire, however, a gas unit will work just fine. Make sure you have plenty of aluminum foil on hand for this recipe.


    • 1 pound lean ground beef
    • 1 pound ground lamb
    • 2 slices of uncooked bacon cut in half
    • 1 slice of bacon, finely chopped
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs

      saint patrick day, Grilled Irish Meatloaf. Rusty Hill/Getty Images

      Grilled Irish Meatloaf. Rusty Hill/Getty Images

    • 1/3 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
    • 1/4 cup stout beer
    • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes
    • 2 large pieces of aluminum foil (about 16-18 inches lengthwise)


Prepare grill for a medium-high heat. You will need to cook this on indirect heat, so make sure to prepare the grill for this type of cooking. Combine all ingredients together except the 2 slices of halved bacon. Place onto two large stacked sheets of aluminum foil.  Form meat mixture into a uniform loaf shape. Top with halved bacon (should be 4 equal sized strips), and place onto a cooler part of the grill. Cook meatloaf over indirect heat for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until internal temperature at center reaches 165 degrees F/75 degrees C. Once cooked through, carefully remove from grill (aluminum foil and all) and place onto a cutting board. Let rest for a few minutes, then gently work foil away from the meatloaf.  Slice into 3/4 inch slices and serve with your favorite sides.

3. Irish Potato Salad

saint patrick day, Irish Potato Salad. J Shepherd/Getty Images

Irish Potato Salad. J Shepherd/Getty Images

No cookout is complete without a great potato salad and this one is quick and easy. Based on the classic recipe, this one gets a hint of tangy flavors and just enough dill pickle to lift it up to perfection. This is one of my all-time favorite potato salad recipes.

This is a simple and delicious creamy-style potato salad that can be made in about 30 minutes. Serve chilled with your favorite grilled meats for a well rounded cookout experience.




    • 6 large white potatoes
    • 1 tablespoon/15 mL salt

for dressing:

    • 1 cup/240 mL sour cream
    • 1 cup/240 mL mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon/15 mL green onion, minced
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 3-4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
    • 1 medium dill pickle, finely chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon/1.25 mL black pepper


Place peeled and sliced potatoes in a large pot of salted water and boil for about 20 minutes, or until tender. While potatoes are boiling, cook bacon until crisp. Allow to cool slightly before crumbling. When potatoes are cooked, drain and place into an ice bath for 5-10 minutes, remove, drain again, and cut into smaller cubes. In a large plastic or glass bowl combine mayonnaise, dill pickle, sour cream, garlic, green onion, bacon, salt, and black pepper.

Add potatoes and toss to coat.  Transfer to a serving dish, cover with plastic wrap, and place into the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

4. Smoked Irish-Style Lamb and Potatoes

Smoked Irish-Style Lamb and Potatoes. Joff Lee/Getty images

Smoked Irish-Style Lamb and Potatoes. Joff Lee/Getty images

Lamb is the classic meat of Ireland and this lamb leg goes in the smoker to give it a deep and rich smokey flavor. The slow roasting ensures a tender cut of meat and the potatoes smoke underneath the lamb to combine the flavors. This dish is simple and yet elegant and perfect for any occasion, but its roots in Irish Cooking make it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.


For lamb:

    • 1 lamb leg, boneless
    • 3 tablespoons/45 mL fresh rosemary
    • 4 cloves garlic minced
    • 2 tablespoons/30 mL black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons/30 mL kosher salt
    • kitchen twine

For potatoes:

    • 15 medium potatoes
    • 1 cup/240 mL diced onion
    • 1 cup/240 mL bell pepper, seeded and diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon/15 mL salt
    • 1 tablespoon/15 mL black pepper


Prepare mixture for lamb in a small bowl. Butterfly lamb and place half the ingredients inside and rub remaining ingredients on the surface of the lamb. Close lamb leg and tie with kitchen twine to secure it. Place on the top shelf of the smoker. Allow to smoke for about 4 hours at 225 degrees F/110 degrees C. One hour after the lamb has been in the smoker, place potatoes, onion, and bell pepper in sturdy pan.

Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Position the pan with potatoes under the lamb. Expect drippings from lamb to come into contact with potatoes. Allow potatoes to smoke for 2 to 2/12 hours. Be sure to stir occasionally.

5. Grilled Irish Flank Steaks

Flank Steak is a perfect cut for the grill. All it needs is a little time in a good marinade before hitting a hot and fast flame. The typical flank steak is large enough for 2 to 4 people and should be served sliced for maximum tenderness. This Irish inspired flank steak is simple in flavor but has a sweetness that makes it truly fantastic.


    • 1 flank steak, about 2 pounds/900 g
    • 1/2 cup/120 mL applesauce, unsweetened
    • 1/3 cup/80 mL soy sauce
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced

      Irish Flank Steak. sf_foodphto/Getty Images

      Irish Flank Steak. sf_foodphto/Getty Images

    • 2 tablespoons/30 mL cider vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon/5 mL black pepper


Place flank steak in a resealable plastic bag. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over steak. Seal bag and refrigerate overnight. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Remove steaks from bag making sure to reserve marinade. Place marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 6-8 minutes. Place flank steaks on a lightly oiled grill grate and cook for 6-8 minutes per side.

Remove from heat, drizzle with sauce, and serve.

6. Bonus ~ The Stout Patty Melt

This “burger” is one of our most popular recipes. The secret is in the richly flavored and grill ground beef patty and the sauteed onions that top it. The onions get cooked up with an incredible sauce that includes a hint of stout and a lot of flavors. We promise you that if you give this sandwich a try it might just become your new favorite burger. Click Here for the Stout Patty Melt Recipe!

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Comments ( 2 )

  1. ReplyPeyton

    Can not wait to try the flank steak. I also want to try the potato salad. Never thought of sour cream.

    • ReplyGrill Junkie Staff

      Thanks for the comment Peyton. Both the flank steak and potato salad recipes are amazing. Our favorite is the Grilled Irish Meatloaf. Let us know how you make out. Pictures welcome. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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