cheeseburger runzas

Runzas are one of my favorite foods in the world.  I have also seen them called bierocks or burger buns, but I grew up in Nebraska where they are just Runzas.

You can even get them in a drive-thru…awesome.

But since I am no longer in Nebraska, I have had to learn to make them on my own.  And since I only make EASY FOOD, this Runza recipe has to be simple!

Original runzas are filled with beef and cabbage.  This runza is a modified cheeseburger…yum.


1.  Bread dough – you can use prepared frozen/refrigerated from the grocery store OR pull out your 1991 Bread Machine that you got as a wedding present and resembles R2D2:

runza dough

If you are going to make the dough at home in your bread machine, here is the dough recipe I use.  It can be thrown into the bread machine all at once without any preparation:

  • 1 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 T of butter
  • 2 T of sugar
  • 1 t of salt
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 1/2 t active dry yeast

I set my bread machine on a non-baking cycle.  I start this in the morning and haven’t had trouble with it even if I don’t get to it by mid-afternoon…or later.  It is VERY low maintenance.

runza dough ready
2.  The Runza filling – simply ground beef, onions, tomato sauce and some cheese.

runza filling ingredients

Runza filling:

  • 2 pounds of beef
  • 1-2 onions chopped
  • 2 cans (8 oz.) Tomato sauce

Brown the beef and add the onions.  Let the onions get a bit tender and add the tomato sauce.  Season with salt and pepper.

runza filling on stove
3.  Put it all together – You are ready to fill your dough!

runza recipe preparation
Out of a full recipe I usually get around 24+ runzas of various sizes.

I like to make really small ones for the kids and larger ones for the adults.

Roll the dough out thin, add the filling and then sprinkle on the cheese – my favorite is sharp cheddar.

filling runza dough with filling

Fold the sides in and make a little package.

runza folded
Flip them over and place them on greased baking sheet.  If you pause for a little while and let them rise the final product will look a little better.  Often I just pop them straight into the oven at this point because I am trying to get dinner on the table ASAP.

Bake them at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

runzas on cookie sheet

4.  Eat!

runzas on plate

Leftover Runzas are yummy.  You can heat them up in the toaster oven at 400 for about 6 minutes or eat them cold.

They are super easy to pop into a bag for a child’s school lunch.

Hot or cold, I like mine dipped in ketchup.

easy food Looking for more yummy, easy food?  Here are some more easy food recipes:

Easy potato soup

Easy cinnamon rolls (you can make extra bread dough and do this too!)

Easy and extraordinary pizza buns

About Holly

Kids Activities Blog is Holly's blogging home.

She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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