Burger of the Month: Guinness Glaze 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 family means March holds one of my favorite holidays of the year: St. Paddy’s Day. And with it, an important love of Guinness. So for March’s Burger of the Month, we wanted to celebrate both our love of St. Patrick’s Day and of Guinness with a Guinness glaze burger

This burger is drenched in classic Guinness flavor in the form of a rich and sticky sauce – Guinness glaze. Combined with a juicy patty, a fluffy potato roll, a crispy onion ring, and sharp white cheddar cheese, this burger is the ultimate Irish inspired St. Patrick’s day dinner. 

A Guinness burger for St. Patrick's Day

Guinness Glaze Burger Ingredients

This burger is really simple, relying on high quality ingredients and the potent flavor from the Guinness glaze to create a sweet and savory meal. Here are all the ingredients you will need to make the Guinness glaze burger:

  • Classic burger patties (get our recipe here)
  • Potato buns
  • Sharp white cheddar cheese
  • Onion rings
  • Guinness
  • Brown sugar

If you’re looking for an extra cheesy, gooey burger, we recommend buying a block of extra sharp white cheddar and cutting your own slices (instead of using pre-sliced cheese). We like to do this by cutting the block in half so the top surface is approximately square, then turning it on its side and cutting thick slices. This method gives you extra thick slices of cheddar that still cover the burgers well and melt really nicely.

You can use your favorite burger patties for this recipe, but we recommend going with a classic burger patty as it provides a well flavored burger that doesn’t clash or take away from the toppings. As for the onion rings and potato buns, choose your favorite brands! Or, make your own beer battered onion rings at home with this easy recipe – they’re so much fun to make and taste much better than anything you can buy in the freezer aisle at the grocery store.

Finally, you’ll use Guinness and brown sugar to make the key ingredient for this burger: Guinness glaze. You can find out more about our Guinness glaze recipe and other uses for it here

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

How To Make A Guinness Glaze Burger

Making our Guinness glaze burger takes a little bit of prep time unless you already have the toppings prepared ahead of time. However, the actual cooking part is easy and makes the prep so worth it. Here is everything you need to know:

  1. Begin by preparing the Guinness glaze: Add Guinness and brown sugar to a small saucepan, then stir to combine and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the glaze is thick and reduced by about two-thirds. Stir occasionally and watch for bubbles, lowing the heat if it starts bubbling too much. Then, transfer the glaze to a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 5 minutes before drizzling it over the burgers.
  2. Once the glaze has gone into the fridge, cook the onion rings. When we’re not making our homemade beer battered version, we like to use the air fryer for frozen onion rings.
  3. While the onion rings cook, grill the classic burger patties until your desired doneness, topping with sliced sharp white cheddar cheese about halfway through cooking so it has time to melt.
  4. Finally, assemble your Guinness burgers: Transfer the patties to the potato buns and top with 1 to 2 onion rings and a drizzle of Guinness glaze.
  5. Serve with your favorite side, a cold Guinness, and enjoy!

If you want to help speed up the cooking process, you can cook multiple toppings at the same time. For instance, the onion rings can be in the air fryer or oven while the Guinness glaze is finishing up. Or you can make the Guinness glaze ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to a week. Just make sure to take the Guinness glaze out of the fridge when you start to cook your burgers so that it has some time to warm up and thin out. 

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

St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Glaze Burger Serving Suggestions

While we think the choice of pairing for this St. Patrick’s Day burger is pretty obvious (hello side of onion rings and a cold Guinness), there are many other great choices. Since you won’t use all the Guinness glaze on the burgers (unless you decide to drown them in it, which we wouldn’t blame you for) it makes a great dip for any sort of fried potato or sweet potato. Fries, tater tots, and sweet potato fries are all great sides to go with your Guinness glaze burger if you want something other than onion rings. 

As for the beer, well, there really is only one right choice.

Give this Guinness glaze burger a try for St. Paddy’s Day and let us know what you think by rating, commenting, and sharing below! Sláinte!

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Guinness Glaze 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! Or check out how to make your own beer battered onion rings at home!
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. 5 stars
    This burger is delicious! The Guinness glaze is the perfect complement to the onion rings and white cheddar toppings. We will definitely be making this one again!

    1. We’re so glad you liked it!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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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