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Classic Shepherd's Pie on the Grill

Shepherd's Pie on the Grill

A Classic Shepherd's Pie recipe cooked on any grill or smoker for great smoky flavor. This recipe is easy, healthy, delicious and perfect for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations!
Course Entree
Cuisine American, English, grilling, holiday, Irish
Keyword Grilled Shepherd's Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Shepherds Pie Recipe, Smoked Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 596kcal
Cost $20


Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into a 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt (for the water to cook the potatoes)
  • ¾ cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon coasrse black pepper


  • 1 ½ pounds 80/20 ground beef (or lamb for traditional "Shepherd's Pie) We use Snake River Farms
  • 2 teaspoons beef rub
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 large carrots, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¾ cup red wine We used an Italian Red
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • ½ tablesoon fresh chopped thyme
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup sweet corn (frozen or fresh)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


For the Mashed Potatoes

  • In a large pot, cover potatoes with water and add 2 tablespoons of kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then down to a simmer, and cook until potatoes are soft and tender (14-16 minutes). Drain potatoes and return to pot.
  • Add cream, butter, salt and pepper, and mash until creamy. Adjust liquids and seasonings to your preference. Set aside.

Shepherd's Pie Filling

  • Preheat Grill or Smoker to 375 degrees F using cherry wood.
  • In a 12-inch large cast iron pan over medium heat add olive oil. Add ground beef or lamb, dust with dry rub, and stir to brown (about 8 minutes). Remove beef and side aside. (If the fat from the beef has cooked off, you may need to add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil prior to adding the vegetables. Otherwise leave the liquids that remain from the meat).
  • In the same cast iron pan, over medium heat, add onions and carrots and sauté about 5-7 minutes until starting to soften. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  • Add the meat back to the vegetable mixture. Then add the flour and combine until dissolved.
  • Add the wine, broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and simmer 2-3 minutes.
  • Mix in the herbs, peas, corn, and seasonings and toss together. Cook about 5 minutes to let everything integrate.
  • Gently coat the mashed potatoes evenly over the filling. Add peaks and valley's using a fork to make S-patterns along the potatoes.
  • Place the cast iron skillet with the Shepherd's Pie in the grill, over indirect heat, for 35-40 minutes, until the potatoes are lightly browned and the filling is bubbly. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 3017mg | Potassium: 1202mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5433IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 4mg