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Traeger Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

We took a traditional Shepherd’s Pie Recipe, cooked it on the Traeger, and added chopped, thin-sliced steak to the mix! This hearty and delicious recipe is perfect to make ahead and heat up right before serving or even to freeze for a rainy day.

Traeger Shepherd's Pie

Traeger Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

I get it, we’re all busy. Balancing work, family, and a semblance of a social life. Cooking often becomes just another chore on an endless to-do list. But what if I told you that you can reclaim the joy of cooking and, at the same time, create meals that bring the family together? Enter the Traeger Shepherd’s Pie.

Here’s the deal. We all love a good shepherd’s pie. That steamy combination of meat, veggies, and mashed potatoes just screams home. It’s what Sunday dinners are made of. But what if we took that homey experience and brought it outdoors? Forget the oven; we’re talking about cooking it on a Traeger grill.

If you’re already a fan of pellet grilling, you know how it can add a smoky nuance to any dish. And if you’re not a convert yet, prepare for a game-changer. This shepherd’s pie recipe combines the traditional elements we all cherish, including a rich meat filling and a fluffy potato topping—but it brings in that smoky, wood-fired flavor that only a smoker can deliver. You’ll never look at shepherd’s pie the same way again.

You might be wondering if this dish is feasible for a busy family. Absolutely. Sure, you have to fire up the grill, but guess what? While cooking, you get to spend quality time outdoors with your family, away from screens and devices. That’s a win in my book. Plus, this recipe can easily be prepped in advance, so all you have to do is pull it out and toss it on the grill.

If you’re ready to take a journey and transform a classic dish into something extraordinary, let’s get grilling. Your taste buds will thank you, and so will your family. Because at the end of the day, that’s what cooking should be about—bringing joy to the table, or in this case, your deck or patio.

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Traeger Shepherd’s Pie shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Chopped beef steak
  • Ground beef
  • Shallots
  • Carrots
  • Green peas
  • Green beans
  • Fresh parsley
  • Red wine
  • Au jus powder
  • Flour
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Butter

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Traeger Shepherd's Pie

How to make Traeger Shepherd’s Pie

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Get your grill going and preheated to 350°F. Prep your pie while the grill preheats.


Make the filling

Chop up the sliced steak and place it into the pan with the ground beef. Brown, along with the shallots. Drain off the excess fat.

Add the rest of the beef mixture ingredients, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, while you whip up the gravy.



Whisk together all the gravy ingredients until there are no lumps. Pour into the pan with the beef mixture and bring to a simmer. Let cook over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes.



Prep a baking dish with cooking spray and pour the beef mixture in. Cover with mashed potatoes. Melt the butter and pour over the mashed potatoes. Put the pan in the grill. Let cook for 45 minutes to an hour until everything is hot and bubbly.



If you like a little brown on top of your potatoes you can stick the pan under the broiler for a minutes or two, but that’s totally optional. Enjoy hot.

Serve with some Grilled Dinner Rolls

Traeger Shepherd's Pie

Traeger Shepherd’s Pie FAQ

Can this recipe be made ahead of time?

Yes! This dish can easily be assembled the day before and baked/grilled right before serving. It can also be baked and kept warm for a cookout or dinner party.

Sure! You can change this up any way you’d like. Hate peas? Leave them out. Have more vegetables to use up? Toss them in. We always encourage you to experiment. If you don’t have the Johnny’s Au Jus powder, you can sub in beef broth or something like “Better Than Bouillion” too.

Does this have to be made in the grill?

Nope! This recipe can be made in the oven if you don’t have a pellet grill or don’t feel like cooking it outside.

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Traeger Shepherd's Pie
Traeger Shepherd's Pie

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Traeger Shepherd's Pie
Yield: 8 servings

Traeger Shepherd's Pie

Traeger Shepherd's Pie

This hearty, delicious take on a classic Shepherd's Pie is cooked right on our pellet grill for a touch of wood-fired flavor that can't be beat!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


Beef Mixture

  • 8 ounces chopped beef steak
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 2 large shallots, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup cut green beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided


  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons au jus powder
  • 1/4 cup flour


  • 2 pounds mashed potatoes
  • 4 ounces butter


  1. Preheat your Traeger or other pellet grill to 350°F.
  2. Take your thin sliced steak and chop it up into pieces.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, the chopped steak, and the shallots. Drain the excess fat from the pan.
  4. Add the carrots, peas, green beans, and most of the parsley to the beef mixture in the pan. Let cook over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  5. Reserve the rest of the parsley for the top of the dish after it comes off the grill.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine, water, au jus power, and flour until no lumps remain.
  7. Pour into the beef mixture and bring the mixture up to a simmer. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes over low heat until thickened.
  8. Pour the mixture into a grill-safe baking dish prepped with cooking spray.
  9. Top with prepared mashed potatoes.
  10. Melt the butter and pour over the mashed potatoes.
  11. Place the baking dish into the grill and cook for 45 minutes to an hour.
  12. Remove from the grill and sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 548mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 19g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Thursday 26th of October 2023

If there is beef or any meat in it other than lamb, it’s called Cottage Pie not Shepherds Pie.

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 26th of October 2023

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ In the US, it is commonly referred to as Shepherd's Pie, regardless of the type of protein inside.

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