Burger of the Month: Guinness Burger


This sweet and savory mouth-watering Guinness burger recipe inspired by St. Patrick’s Day features a flavorful Guinness reduction glaze, crispy onion rings, and super melty sharp white cheddar cheese.

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Growing up in an Irish household means March holds one of my family’s favorite holidays of the year: St. Paddy’s Day. Unfortunately this year’s celebrations were a little bit different – no big family party, no Boston parade, and no college friends to drink with. But thankfully the most important aspect still remained: Guinness.

March’s Burger of the Month, the Guinness Burger, features Ireland’s most famous flavor in a sweet yet powerful Guinness reduction glaze. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here.

A Guinness burger for St. Patrick's Day

To start off, Nicole and I wanted to create a warm, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth burger that encompassed our favorite St. Patrick’s Day flavors. That meant we had to start out with a soft potato bun. We then went with our Classic Burger Patty smothered with a thick melty slab of sharp white cheddar cheese and topped with crispy beer-battered onion rings. Then, finally, we finished our burger off with a drizzle of rich Guinness reduction glaze.

And there you have it, the perfect St. Paddy’s Day burger. Now just add a side of crispy onion rings and, of course, a tall pint of creamy Guinness, because we’re all a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte!

A Guinness burger topped with onion rings and cheddar cheese on a potato bun

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Guinness Burger

This sweet and savory mouth-watering burger inspired by St. Patrick's Day features a flavorful Guinness reduction glaze, crispy onion rings, and super melty sharp white cheddar cheese.
Servings 2 burgers
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes



The Base

The Toppings

  • 2 slices sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 to 4 onion rings*

Guinness Glaze*

  • ½ cup Guinness
  • ½ cup light brown sugar


How To Make Guinness Burgers

  • Begin by preparing the Guinness Glaze (see directions below).
  • Once the glaze has gone into the fridge, prepare frozen onion rings according to package directions.
  • While the onion rings cook, grill the Classic Burger Patties until desired doneness, topping with slices of sharp white cheddar cheese about halfway through cooking.
  • Assemble your Guinness burgers: transfer patties to potato buns and top with 1-2 onion rings and a drizzle of Guinness Glaze.
  • Serve with your favorite side, a cold Guinness, and enjoy!*

Guinness Glaze

  • Add Guinness and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until thickened and reduced by about two-thirds, about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally and watch for bubbles, lowering heat if it starts bubbling too much.
  • Transfer glaze to a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 5 minutes before drizzling over burgers.


Classic Burger Patties: This is our original recipe for delicious homemade burger patties. But we totally get it if you want to use frozen or pre-made patties to make this dish a little easier! (P.S. Check out our BBQ variation on the classic patty for a different kind of homemade burger, if you want to switch things up a bit).
Onion rings: Our absolute favorite frozen onion rings to make at home are Alexia’s. They’re so crispy and tasty, and they cook really nicely both in the oven and in the air fryer!
Guinness Glaze: The ingredient amounts listed here will give you more glaze than you need for the burgers. But whatever is left over makes a great dipping sauce for a side of fries or onion rings with these Guinness burgers! Click here for more ideas on how to use this glaze.
Serving suggestions: We served our burgers with a side of onion rings, since we were making them for a burger topping anyways!
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Author: Alex
Calories: 710kcal
Course: Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, beer, cheddar cheese, grilling, guinness, holiday, onion rings, spring, st patrick’s day, st pattys day, winter


Calories: 710kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Calcium: 410mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. Pat Langdon says:

    We like the Guinness burger so much that we made it for the third time tonight. The glaze is delicious on my black bean burger. I would definitely recommend this burger.

  2. It’s no longer March, but this seemed like a burger that could be enjoyed any time there was some Guinness available. Luckily, we just happened to have some :).

    It may take some experience to get the reduction correct for the glaze – I had to adjust after initially ending up too thick. Also, my recommendation is to add it to the bun side during assembly (as you picture), as the warm burger caused the glaze to run down the sides. Don’t be shy with the cheese or onion rings, and all the flavors come together very nicely!

    Thoroughly enjoyed this burger!

  3. B Finegan says:

    We were introduced the world’s greatest burger at Langdon’s Pub tonight. The Guinness burger was the best I have ever had! The reduction glaze is amazing! A perfect pairing with Irish water.

    Three Michelin Stars!

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