Stout Beer Burger Recipe with Butternut Squash Fries

How to make stout beer burgers topped with a homemade stout barbecue sauce. Jump to the Stout Beer Burger Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Stout Beer Burger Recipe with Butternut Squash Fries

We love burgers around here — big, juicy burgers. We’ve even shared our tips for making them best. This burger recipe pulls out all the stops. We add stout beer, mustard and garlic to the meat before forming the burgers then we add a homemade barbecue sauce on top after they are cooked.

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The barbecue sauce is made with one of Adam’s favorites — Guinness stout beer. It’s really easy to make — just throw the beer, vinegar, tomato puree, spices and some molasses into a saucepan and simmer until thick.

To go alongside the burgers, we love making butternut squash fries. They’re so delicious — if you’ve ever had sweet potato fries, these are very similar. We fried them this time, but baking works, too.

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Recipe updated, originally posted October 2009. Since posting this in 2009, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Stout Beer Burger Recipe with Butternut Squash Fries

  • PREP
  • COOK

Choose your favorite stout beer for this, we love using Guinness.

Makes 4 burgers

You Will Need

Beer Burgers

1 pound ground beef (80% lean)

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing the grill

1 egg, whisked

1/4 cup Stout beer

2 teaspoons prepared Coleman’s mustard

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

4 slices cheese

4 burger buns, buttered and toasted

Arugula, tomato and sliced onion for serving

Barbecue Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped small

1/4 cup molasses

1 (12-ounce) can stout beer (Guinness)

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 (6-ounce) can tomato puree

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Squash Fries

3 to 4 cups peanut oil or a neutral oil like canola, more as needed

1 large butternut squash, peeled with seeds removed

Salt and fresh ground black pepper


  • Make Burgers
  • 1Heat the grill to medium (or place a grill pan over medium heat).

    2In a large bowl, stir the olive oil, egg, beer, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the beef and gently mix until blended. Form beef into four hamburger patties. Use your thumb to imprint a dimple into the middle of each burger. (This prevents the middle of the burgers from puffing up while cooking).

    3Lightly brush the grill with oil and place each burger patty down onto the oiled grill. Leave the patties for 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes or until desired doneness (4 to 5 minutes on each side should be cooked to medium). Transfer burgers to a plate and top with cheese, loosely cover with aluminum foil and rest 5 minutes.

    4Place a handful of arugula on the bottom of each bun. Add the burger, spoon stout barbecue sauce on top and finish with sliced onion and tomato.

  • Make Barbecue Sauce
  • 1Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the molasses, beer, vinegar and tomato puree, red pepper flakes, cumin and the sugar. Bring to a simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste — we usually add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 5 to 6 grinds of black pepper.

    2Reduce the heat to medium low and cook at a low simmer until the sauce thickens into a glossy sauce, about 20 minutes.

  • Squash Fries
  • 1Pour oil into a deep, heavy-bottomed pot with a lid. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil. Heat oil over medium-high heat to 320 degrees.

    2Set a rack on a baking sheet or tray.

    3Cut the squash in half, and then into long fries. Working in small batches, fry the squash fries in the oil until floppy, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the rack to drain.

    4Increase the temperature of the oil to 375 degrees. Place the fries back into the oil (again, in small batches) and cook until crisp and golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the rack to drain. Season with salt and pepper.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Baked Butternut Squash Fries: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the fries in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake in the oven 25 to 35 minutes or until golden brown, flipping the fries once during cooking.

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AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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17 comments… Leave a Review
  • Aimee / Wallflower Girl October 30, 2013, 6:35 pm


  • Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} March 16, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Yes, please! GREAT recipe. OMG.

  • Jmae September 26, 2010, 5:55 pm

    ACK! What size tomato puree? I have a 28 oz-I’m sure that’s not it though…

    • inspiredtaste September 30, 2010, 3:29 pm

      We suggest using about half your 28-oz can. We should have specified a smaller can (about 14 ounces).

      Sorry for not specifying!! Thank you for commenting.

  • Novelyn June 15, 2010, 11:41 am

    Keep those recipes comin’ 🙂

  • Novelyn June 15, 2010, 11:41 am

    I cooked this the other day for my parents and my brothers, it was aweeeeesome! Everyone loved it and had 2nd helpings 🙂

    • inspiredtaste June 15, 2010, 12:47 pm

      Thanks Novelyn, we are so happy you and your family enjoyed them!

  • inspiredtaste June 14, 2010, 6:45 pm

    You have to try it. It is pretty delicious 🙂 You are more than welcome to re-post.

  • Mags February 19, 2010, 9:37 pm

    arrived here via stumble upon. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I have some Guinness left in the fridge from another recipe I made and hubby’s been threatening to throw them out because neither of us like the taste of it when drinking it out of a glass. Thanks for posting this!

  • Jen January 17, 2010, 2:53 pm

    This looks fantastic! I will be making them for myself and hubby, though I will have to alter for kids….(celiac’s disease, guiness is NOT gluten free lol but I happen to love it…good thing it’s not ME with the disease!) Thanks!

  • Thailand Breeze January 17, 2010, 12:21 am

    The burger looks very colorful and delicious! Butternut squash fries go very well too. Thanks for the recipe.

  • James November 1, 2009, 1:18 pm

    What a great burger! Good one for St. Patricks day.

  • Rochelle (Acquired Taste) October 24, 2009, 12:44 pm

    I saw these over at the Foodie Joust and thought they were a great idea 🙂 Those burgers look especially tasty. I have to admit I have yet to try sweet potato fries but they look and sound delicious!

  • Carrie @ Deliciously Organic October 23, 2009, 4:22 pm

    This burger looks amazing! I’ll have to make this for my husband seeing that he’s a huge guinness fan.

  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen October 22, 2009, 5:15 pm

    This looks very good! I have always wanted to make butternut squash fries. I am a HUGE sweet potato fry fan, so if you say these are even better, then I REALLY need to make them soon!:)
    Thanks so much for joining us again this month! It is great to have you back!

  • Jenni October 22, 2009, 3:31 pm

    Oh my, that looks delicious! Never thought of making butternut squash fries, probably a lot easier to cut than sweet potatoes 🙂

  • Isabelle October 22, 2009, 10:02 am

    What a great Joust entry! Love the idea of using butternut squash for the fries… I’m definitely giving that a try next time I pick up a squash from the market.


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