Irish Inspired Guinness Meatballs


If you want to celebrate some Irish heritage for St. Patrick’s Day and mix it up from the traditional corned beef meal, meatballs are a delicious and versatile dish. You can serve them as an appetizer or as a main course over mashed potatoes.

Typical Irish meatball recipes include Irish whiskey – try this one with a delicious, rich sauce made with Guinness® traditional Irish stout beer! The kids will have fun helping you roll them.

An easy make-ahead meal, you can freeze a batch ahead of time or whip them up the day before. They’re even better after they’ve spent some time getting “sauced” in the crockpot.

Guinness Meatballs


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • ½ cup panko or breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup Guinness or stout beer
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped small
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  • 1 pint Guinness beer
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste


  • In a large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients. Use a small scoop to keep them uniform (for even cooking), roll mixture into 2-tbsp-sized balls. Sear them in a pan on the stovetop just until all sides are nicely browned. Place meatballs in a crockpot.
  • Mix all sauce ingredients and transfer to the crockpot with the meatballs, stirring gently to coat them. Cook on low for 2.5 hours.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!





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