How to Make Australian Meat Pie

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Australian Meat Pie is very popular in households around Australia, especially while watching Australian Football. Unlike a pot pie in the U.S., which has a saucier filling, a meat pie is meant to be picked up and eaten with your hands, so it’s a really convenient on-the-go snack or lunch.

They’re also super easy to make at home and don’t require ingredients you won’t be able to find in your grocery. You can make them with a traditional filling of ground beef, onion and tomato sauce, or you can get creative and stuff them with just about any ingredients you desire. I’m thinking short rib and mushrooms!

Australia Meat Pie
Australian Meat Pie with Shiraz

The best way to make these pies is to whip together a regular pie crust (or buy ready-made from the store) for the bottom and then top it with a puff pastry round. Using puff pastry for the entire pie will leave the crust greasy and limp, which isn’t at all what we’re looking for here. A typical pie crust makes for a nice, sturdy and crunchy base, so the pie can be picked up and eaten.

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How to Make an Australian Meat Pie

Australian meat pie
Australian Meat Pie can be picked up and eaten with your hands. It’s often served with a dollop of ketchup on the top.

As I said before, it’s really easy to make these tasty pies. And I think the best part is that you can decide what shape and size you want too. You could make mini-pies in a cupcake pan or one large pie in a regular-sized pie pan.

I like to make them in my 8-ounce ramekins. You could also grab some disposable 5-inch tins if you want them to look more like traditional pies. These reusable mini pie tins can be purchased on Amazon and they are perfect for hand pies. The first thing you need to do is make the bottom pie crust.

It’s super simple to mix together a pie crust, so don’t be intimidated to make your own. If you don’t have time or just don’t want to make it, you can purchase a ready-made pie crust. Basically all you do is mix the flour and salt together, then use a fork or a dough cutter to cut in the shortening until a crumble forms.

Add ice-cold water and form a ball from the dough. It’s best to refrigerate it for a short time, so it has time to rest.

pie crust
Bottom pie crust for the meat pie

The recipe below will make at least 6 bottom crusts, perhaps more. So take a chunk off the ball and roll it out on a floured surface until you have a 6-inch circle that is about 1/8 inch thick. Add that crust to the bottom of your pie pan and form it around the area to fit.

meat filling
Meat Pie filling ingredients

Now for the beef filling. Add some oil to a pan over medium heat and sweat the onions a bit before adding the ground beef. Break up the beef as it cooks to the size you want.

I like to leave it in a medium crumble, rather than completely mince it up.

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When the meat is done, mix together the corn starch and a bit of broth to form a paste and stir it into the meat. This will allow the sauce to thicken so it sets up inside the pie and doesn’t make the crust soggy.

Finally, add the remaining ingredients and simmer for a few minutes until the filling has thickened. All the meat filling to cool before spooning it into the pie crusts. If the filling goes in hot, the crust won’t have enough time to fully cook.

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Assembling the meat pie

To cut a round for the top crust of the pie, use the pie pan you’ve chosen to cut the puff pastry sheet to the right size. Once the pie has been filled, place the puff pastry round over the top and press to seal the two crusts together.

I like to brush on an egg wash to the top pastry so it browns up nice and pretty. Stick it in the oven for about 40 minutes, keeping an eye on the top crust to make sure it doesn’t burn. It’s ready when the top crust has turned a nice golden brown.

Pairing Australian Meat Pie with Wine

wine pairings

I’ll admit that wine probably isn’t the go-to drink to pair with a meat pie. If you’re sitting around watching footie and snacking on pies, you’re probably drinking beer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pair a wine with your meat pie, and I think it’s a great way to class up the dish for dinner.

Australian Shiraz from Barossa Valley is just the wine to stand up to the hearty, richness of a typical meat pie filling, like the one we’re making today. It has ground beef, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce, which requires a big, bold wine. Shiraz is intense and fruity and pairs well with these flavors.

Try to find a wine from Australia to pair with this dish. South Australia (one of the top wine growing regions in Australia) is a good place to start. The deep fruit and jammy flavors of the Shiraz will pair well with this dish.

Other Recipes to Try

Australian Meat Pie
Yield: 6 pies

Australian Meat Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Australian Meat Pie contains a tomato based sauce with minced meat inside a flaky, crispy dough.


  • For the Pie Crust
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For the Meat Filling
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup beef stock
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon bbq sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


For the Pie Crust

  1. Combine the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the shortening until coarse crumbs form. Stir in the water until a cohesive ball of dough can be formed. Wrap the ball of dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. On a floured counter or board, roll the dough into a 6-inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick.

For the Meat Filling

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for until soft. Add ground beef and cook until browned, breaking up the pieces into a crumble.
  2. Mix corn starch with 1 tbsp of stock to form a paste; add to the beef mixture and stir.
  3. Add remaining stock and sauces to beef mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until thick. Allow the mixture to cool.
  4. Once cool, spoon the filling into each pie pan. Place pre-cut puff pastry round on top of each. Place pies in the oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 867Total Fat: 56gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 1057mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 33g
How to Make Australian Meat Pie

15 thoughts on “How to Make Australian Meat Pie

  1. Fiona @ London-Unattached says:

    I’ve had australian meat pie cooked for me by an american – and it was VERY good. I can see how it would work with a Shiraz

    • Laura Lynch says:

      It is really good. And such a versatile dish. You can throw just about anything you have on hand in a pie and it’s delicious.

  2. Bethany Dickey says:

    I love reading things like this as I start getting more interested in wine rather than just buying the cheapest bottle! Great post!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      We’ve found that the sweet spot is in the $10-15 dollar range. Some really good wines for that price – there’s no need to spend more.

  3. mar says:

    yum! this pie looks so yummy this made me immediately want to go to the supermarket buy both the wine and the pie!

  4. Sonal of Drifter Planet says:

    Sounds good! I’m a newly turned vegetarian and a wannabe vegan. I guess I will stick to the wine 😉

    • Laura Lynch says:

      You can make these pies with any type of filling though. It doesn’t have to be meat. It could be made with mushroom or eggplant, or really any veggie you like.

  5. Mel Jones @ Footsteps on the Globe says:

    Hey Laura, cool recipe! Unfortunately I’m veggie so I wouldn’t be able to eat it but my boyfriend would certainly appreciate this with a glass of wine when it’s my time to cook 😉 I could make it with lentils though maybe? Hmmmm, might need to experiment, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  6. Sophie says:

    I absolutely adore the Australian meat pie – I remember having my first one at an AFL match years ago. I am also a big fan on the Australian Shiraz.

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