Savoury Mince Rolls – Recipe

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During one of our drives around our local area looking for timber, fencing, plants and other gardening supplies required for our tree planting working bee. We have found a great tradie lunch spot in Nambour, they do a mean salad roll and the pies look tasty. On one of our passing, we stopped and grabbed lunch. I saw a classic, the savoury mince roll. I had to have it.

A small blast from the past, I don’t think I have had one of these since living at home. Which is now twelve years ago. My mum made savoury mince to put into fresh bread rolls. Which we would then squirt with tomato sauce and hang on to our rolls with two hands stuffing it in to our faces. Inevitable if you overload your roll, the mince and sauce explode out the sides. Leaving your plate a mess and your hands covered in warm mince and sauce. Mind you I had no problems licking it off my forearms and fingers, back then.

After being inspired, I planned to make some savoury mince up for our tree planting weekend. To feed those who worked hard all morning. It is quite handy, and easy to make. Roy made his green paw paw salad to go on top of the mince before you close the lid of your roll. An extra tasty addition.

Tell me did your mum make savoury mince, and when did she make it? Was there any secret ingredient? How did you eat it?

Savoury Mince Rolls
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Serves: 4
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 500gm beef mince
  • ½ cup of frozen veggies
  • 1 tbsp of flour
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • ¼ tspn chilli powder
  • ½ cup of water
  • Handful of fresh herbs finely chopped – thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook slowly for five minutes, adding the garlic for a further minute.
  2. Add the mince to the saucepan, stirring until all most browned. Add the frozen veggies, flour, tomato paste, chilli powder, water and herbs. Stir through. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 5 minutes on a low temperature.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to your own taste. Serve up on to freshly baked bread rolls with a little tomato relish.


Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to help people live a life with passion & purpose without people-pleasing, imposter syndrome and seeking approval at

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  1. My mum was a fan of making savoury mince too! Although, there was no chilli and no garlic in ours….quite bland looking back, but we loved it. It was seasoned with season-all salt and of course, tomato sauce! Definitely a blast from the past!

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