NATIONAL BEER DAY : Check out these beer-based food recipes

National Beer Day 2017 takes place on Thursday, June 15 and as Father’s Day takes place a few days later on Sunday, June 18, beer lovers have an excuse to celebrate the hops and barley drink over a long weekend. And they’ll need appropriate fayre to match.

Here are a couple of beer-based recipes to inspire you as you pour a pint or two.

Guinness burgers

Guinness burgers recipe serves six

35 mins to prepare and ten mins to cook / 751 calories per serving

Adding stout to a beef-burger mix gives a deeper flavour, plus it helps to bind the ingredients together.


  • 50g (2oz) Hovis medium sliced bread without crusts
  • 3 tbsp Guinness
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg yolk, Skea large egg
  • 600g (1 1/4lb) Tesco Northern Irish beef steak mince
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 6 Really Good Flour baps, halved
  • Tesco NI Round lettuce, optional
  • 2 whole pickled gherkins, sliced, optional


Break the bread into small pieces and put in a large bowl with 3 tbsp Guinness. Leave to soak for 10 minutes, then add the mustard and egg yolk and mash with a fork.

Add the mince and season with salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until just evenly mixed – don’t mix more than necessary.

Rinse but don’t dry your hands and shape the beef into 6 burgers. Put on a tray lined with clingfilm and cover with more clingfilm. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Remove the burgers from the fridge 10 minutes before cooking – so that they will cook evenly. Brush the burgers lightly on both sides with oil, then cook in a non-stick griddle pan or frying pan, over a medium heat, for about 5 minutes on each side.

Cut the buns in half and fill with lettuce, burgers, dill and cucumber.

Welsh rarebit

Welsh rarebit recipe serves six

15 mins to prepare / 389 calories per serving

Cheese on toast with attitude – this comforting, substantial snack works for morning, midday and evening.


  • 350g (12oz) Dale Farm mature Cheddar, grated
  • 1 large Skea egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp Hillstown Horny Bull Stout 
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 12 thick slices Kingsmill white bread 


Set aside 1 heaped tablespoon of grated cheese. Mix the rest with the egg, beer (preferably stout) or milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and cayenne.

Preheat the grill to high and toast the bread on both sides. Spread the cheese mixture on  top and then sprinkle on the reserved cheese. Grill until the cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown. Serve immediately.

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