How to Make Delicious Golden Krust-Style Beef Patties at Home

Golden Krust is famous for their outrageously delicious Jamaican beef patties. With their golden flaky crust and spicy hearty filling these patties are a favorite for takeout and quick meals. If you love sinking your teeth into one of these savory pastries but don’t live near a Golden Krust store, have no fear. You can easily recreate these iconic patties right in your own kitchen.

Making your own Golden Krust-style beef patties takes a little bit of effort, but it’s a fun weekend project. With the right techniques and seasonings, you’ll have patties that rival those from the beloved Caribbean chain. Keep reading to learn all my tips and tricks for making insanely good beef patties at home.

Getting the Crust Just Right

A top-notch patty crust is flaky on the outside and sturdy enough to contain the juicy filling. It should be golden brown with a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Many beef patty recipes use pie crust dough, but this can result in a crust that’s overly thick and bready. For the perfect balance of flakiness and structure, I recommend using puff pastry dough. Look for an all-butter puff pastry if possible for maximum flavor.

Thaw the puff pastry overnight in the fridge until it’s soft enough to easily roll out Flour your work surface well to prevent sticking Gently roll out the pastry until it’s about 1/8-inch thick. Use a bowl or plate to cut out rounds that are 4 to 5 inches across. These will be the wrappers for your patties.

When forming the patties, make sure not to overfill the centers with too much of the beef mixture. About 1/4 cup of filling per patty is ideal. Overstuffing can cause leakage during baking.

Before placing the topped rounds on a parchment-lined baking sheet, use a fork to crimp and seal the edges. This prevents the filling from spilling out. Chill the assembled patties for 15-20 minutes before baking.

Bake the patties at 400°F for 20-25 minutes until the crusts are puffed and beautifully golden brown, They should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom Let cool 5 minutes before serving to allow the filling to set up

Seasoning the Savory Filling

Just as important as the pastry is the flavorful spiced beef inside. For your patties to have that iconic Golden Krust taste, you’ll need the right blend of seasoning.

A combo of warm spices like curry powder, cumin, thyme, allspice and paprika is key. Fresh garlic, scallions and hot peppers add aromatic flavor. I also love adding raisins or currants for a touch of sweetness.

For the meat, a mix of ground beef and ground pork provides the perfect texture and balance of fattiness. The pork keeps the beef moist and tender. I recommend using 80% lean ground beef and mixing it 1:1 with ground pork.

Sauté the onion, garlic, scallions and spices until fragrant before adding the meat. Let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes so the flavors infuse into the beef and pork. Then remove from heat and stir in the raisins or currants.

Taste the filling and adjust the salt, pepper and spices until you have the signature Golden Krust patty flavor profile. Let it cool completely before assembling the patties.

Helpful Tips and Variations

  • Substitute jerk seasoning or sazón for some of the spices if you want an extra kick.

  • For a quicker version, use storebought empanada dough discs instead of puff pastry.

  • Top finished patties with more curry powder or cayenne pepper for added heat.

  • Make bite-sized patties using wonton wrappers for easy appetizers.

  • Fry assembled patties instead of baking for 3-4 minutes per side until golden.

  • Add diced potatoes, peas or carrots for more veggie texture and nutrition.

  • Use lentils or black beans instead of beef for vegetarian/vegan patties.

  • Play with different wrapping shapes like triangles, crescents or rectangles.

  • Brush assembled patties with beaten egg or milk for extra golden color.

  • Sprinkle sesame seeds, poppy seeds or minced onion on top before baking.

  • Serve patties stuffed into coco bread or alongside rice, beans and plantains.

Royal Golden Krust-Inspired Beef Patty Recipe

Now that you know the secrets to flaky crust and spiced filling, here’s my top recipe for Golden Krust copycat beef patties to make at home. Enjoy this taste of the islands!


For the Filling:

  • 1 lb ground beef (80% lean)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup raisins or currants
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Crust:

  • 1 package puff pastry dough, thawed
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water

For Serving:

  • Jerk sauce, ketchup, hot sauce etc.


  1. Cook the onion, garlic and scallions in oil for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Add the spices and cook 1 minute more.

  2. Add the beef and pork. Cook for 10-15 minutes, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in raisins/currants. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool completely.

  4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  5. On a floured surface, gently roll out the puff pastry to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out rounds.

  6. Place 1/4 cup cooled filling in center of each round. Brush edges with egg wash and crimp with a fork to seal.

  7. Arrange patties on baking sheet. Brush tops with egg wash. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

  8. Let patties cool 5 minutes before serving with desired sauces and sides. Enjoy!

With the right ingredients and techniques, you can have restaurant-quality Jamaican beef patties from your own oven. Adjust the spices to your taste and get creative with fillings. Impress your friends with these flaky, meaty handheld pies.

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill’s Famous Patties


How to make frozen Jamaican beef patties?

Keep frozen. Uncooked product. Baking instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place frozen beef patties on shallow baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown, and until internal temp.

Why are Jamaican beef patties so good?

The spices came about from a melding of flavors in Jamaica. The East Indian indentured servants of the colonials added cumin and curries and enslaved Africans gave depth with the addition of cayenne pepper. The Jamaican beef patty gets its firecracker flavor from the Scotch bonnet hot pepper local to Jamaica.

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