Mini Beef Patties

Mini Beef Patties

Like most people, we love beef patties! These delicious snacks can seem very daunting but they don’t have to be. We’ve broken this recipe into easy-to-manage steps making it very straightforward, even for the inexperienced chef. There will be leftover filling which is great to freeze and use again at a later stage. 

Serves: 5

Prep: 60 minutes 

Cooking time: 20 minutes 




  • 250g plain flour
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 57g lard, cubed 
  • 57g unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp baking powder 


Beef Filling

  • 500g 5% fat beef mince
  • ½ onion, finely diced  
  • 2 small carrots, finely diced 
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs 
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 3 minced garlic cloves (or confit garlic cloves)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ ginger powder 
  • ¼ curry powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp dark soy sauce 
  • ½ tsp scotch bonnet powder
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • fresh thyme
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • olive oil 



  • egg wash (1 egg, 3tbsp water)



  • food processor (optional)
  • circle cookie cutter/ mug (9cm diameter)
  • rolling pin


Filling Prep 

  1. To a bowl, add beef mince, scotch bonnet powder, ginger powder, garlic powder and salt.
  2. Mix and place in the fridge to marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes (overnight for best results).


Pastry Prep


When working with the pastry, the key is not to overwork the dough and to use utensils where possible to avoid melting the butter.


  1. To a bowl or processor, add flour, sugar, salt, curry powder, turmeric, butter and lard.
  2. Stir with a fork or process until you achieve a coarse crumble texture.
  3. Slowly add cold water and form a firm dough (don’t worry if it is a bit sticky). 
  4. Cover and leave in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 190°C (fan) 375°F for 10 minutes.

Cooking Filling

  1. To a pan, add oil, onions and carrots. Cook on low heat or until slightly soft.
  2. Add marinated beef, minced ginger, minced garlic, soy sauce, ketchup, fresh thyme and tomato puree.
  3. Once beef is cooked, turn off the heat, add breadcrumbs and place in the fridge to cool.



  1. Flour a flat surface and place the dough on the surface. Flour the dough liberally.
  2. Flour your rolling pin and roll out the dough to 2mm thickness. Add more flour where needed and avoid overworking the dough.
  3. Take your cookie cutter and cut out as many circles as you can.
  4. Using a teaspoon, place scoop 1tsp of chilled beef in the center of the dough.
  5. Run egg wash over one half of the edge and fold.
  6. Seal the edge with a fork and place on a baking sheet.


  1. Place your patties in the oven at 190°C (fan) 375°F and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the pastry is slightly golden.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

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