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Beef Patties

Uncooked patties can be stored in the freezer and go straight into the oven when ready to use; they bake in just 15 minutes. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

  • Servings: 9
  • Yield: Makes 18 patties
Beef Patties

Source: Mad Hungry, March 2011



  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup ice-cold water


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 whole scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Scotch bonnet peppers (any color), seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 sprigs fresh
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs


  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water


  1. To make the pastry, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and curry powder in a large mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl. Working quickly and using your fingertips, squeeze together the flour mixture and butter and toss it together by scooping under the mixture with both hands. When the mixture resembles a very coarse meal, add the water to the bowl.

  2. With floured hands, mix and squeeze the dough just until it forms a ball. Knead it once or twice to combine it fully (the less kneading, the better). Spread the dough into 2 pieces, flattening each into a thick pancake. Wrap in plastic and set them in the refrigerator to chill for at least 15 minutes. (The dough will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Remove it from the refrigerator a few minutes before using it.)

  3. For filling, mix together the beef, onion, scallions, garlic, peppers, and thyme in a large bowl. In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat until it is very hot, and add the beef mixture. Fry until the meat is brown and the moisture is evaporated, about 8 minutes. Add the curry powder, salt, and black pepper, stirring occasionally over high heat, allowing a crust to form on the bottom of the pan.

  4. Add the water and stir the mixture, scraping the bottom to incorporate the browned crust. Add the breadcrumbs and stir. The consistency should be like a thick stew. Add more water as needed. Cover, reduce the heat to very low, and cook for 15 minutes. Set it aside to cool.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut each piece of the dough into 9 pieces. Using a rolling pin on a floured surface, roll out each piece of pastry into a rectangle shape with rounded edges. Spread a large spoonful of the cooled meat mixture over one side of the dough, leaving at least 1/2- to 3/4-inch border on the outside edge. Using your finger, paint water around the border. Fold the other side of the dough over, and roll and crimp the edges. Lightly press a floured fork around the edge of the patty.

  6. Place the patty onto a cookie sheet and repeat the procedure with the remaining dough. The patties may be covered in plastic and frozen at this point for later use. Brush each patty with the egg wash and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the patties begin to turn a golden color.

Cook's Note

Uncooked patties can be stored in the freezer and go straight into the oven when ready to use; they bake in just 15 minutes.

Reviews (12)

  • MSEW 6 Feb, 2013

    I literally just ate one of these. They're really quite nice, and pretty close to what I've come to know as Jamaican Beef Patties. The crust was nice and flaky, I used my kitchen aid to mix it up. The meat filling came together nicely, I used Jalapenos so it wasn't as spicy as they could have been.
    My only complaint is that I ran out of filling, and had four squares of dough leftover. I'm even more disappointed by this after eating one, so I think I would do a 1 1/2 times recipe next time

  • Allihill 29 Sep, 2012

    The first time I made these I made them to the letter of the recipe. They were good but not entirely to our taste. I cut back on the curry a bit in both the dough and filling, we like just a hint of curry. I left in some ribs in the habanero pepper to give a little more heat, added 2 diced carrots for sweetness and 6 quartered mushrooms for more meatiness to the filling. Delicious and perfect for my man's lunch box with a salad to round out the meal. These will be in regular meal rotation.

  • SSUZE 21 Jul, 2012

    Scotch Bonnet is a different variety of the same secies as the Habanero pepper. They are virtually the same in size and heat, making it a perfect substitute in this recipe.

  • AnmalLvr51 24 Mar, 2012

    This isn't a review yet...but, I also am interested in her veggie rendition of the pattie...I will take my cue though from Indian Samosas...instead of beef, I would sub, cubed potato, carrots and peas and keep the rest of the recipe the same.

  • colleenac 7 Sep, 2011

    LSQ mentioned a vegetarian version of these on her show. I sure do wish we could get the recipe for this version.

  • moe3220 6 Apr, 2011


  • gwennw 2 Apr, 2011

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were just delicious. I couldn't find Scotch bonnet peppers, so I used Serranos instead, and the flavor and heat was great. I am always nervous when making dough from scratch, but this one was foolproof. When rolling out the dough for the patties I had a hard time making a rectangle, so I rolled the dough into circles and followed directions from there. The patties were perfect. I forgot the egg wash, but no one noticed. Can't wait to make these again!

  • Tayscafe 29 Mar, 2011

    I was/am very excited to try this recipe. I made my filling yesterday and it was very slimy. Did I do something wrong? Will the consistency change once baked off in dough?

  • BranPark090 27 Mar, 2011

    I am sure you can substitute the Bonnet Peppers for pepper sauce. They are just supposed to give a spice :) So anything spicy will work!

  • Cook480 26 Mar, 2011


    I live in Arizona also. I don't know what Bonnet Pepper are. So I just substituted 2 jalepeanos. I also bought puff pastry sheets, I am not too good at making dough.

    I am making the paties as I type. Hopefully they turn out well.

  • chefnthemakin 25 Mar, 2011

    I love Jamaican Beef Patties, and I would love to make them but I cannot find the Scotch Bonnet Peppers anywhere in Arizona.

  • queenofmygarden 25 Mar, 2011

    Could you please add recipe for veggie patties.

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