Yummy Cheeseburger Runzas Recipe

Runzas are one of my favorite food in the world. I have also seen them called bierocks or burger buns, but I grew up in Nebraska where they are just Runzas. An easy and yummy cheeseburger runzas recipe that brings back old memories!

runzas on plate
Let’s make these yummy runzas!

let’s make cheeseburger runzas recipe

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!

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runza recipe preparation
Here’s what you’ll need to make the cheeseburger runza.

cheeseburger runza ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy cheeseburger runza recipe.

Dough Ingredients

  • 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
runza filling ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make the runza filling.

Runza Filling Ingredients

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

directions to make cheeseburger runza dough

runza dough
Mix all ingredients together on the bread machine and set it on a non-baking cycle.

Step 1

Mix all ingredients together on the bread machine and set it on a non-baking cycle. You can have this prepared in the morning and check it again in the afternoon or you can also use prepared frozen dough from the grocery store.

runza dough ready
The runza dough is ready!

Step 2

Once the runza dough is ready, set aside.

directions to make cheese burger runza filling recipe

runza filling on stove
Brown the beef, onions, and tomato sauce.

Step 1

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

directions to make cheeseburger runzas recipe

filling runza dough with filling
Add the filling and then sprinkle on the cheese.

Step 1

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

runza folded
Fold the sides in and make a little package.

Step 2

Fold the sides in and make a little package.

runzas on cookie sheet
Flip them over and place them on greased baking sheet.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Bake them at 400 degrees heat, for about 8-10 minutes.

Step 5

Once done, serve and eat!

our experience making runza cheeseburger recipe

Out of a full recipe, I usually get around 24 pieces of runzas in various sizes. I like to make really small ones for the kids and larger ones for the adults.

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

Yummy Cheeseburger Runzas Recipe

Yummy Cheeseburger Runzas Recipe

Prepare and serve these delicious cheeseburger runzas for dinner later! Have fun making this easy runza recipe.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Dough

  • 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

Runza Filling

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

Instructions

Runza Dough:

  1. Mix the milk, butter, sugar, salt, flour, and dry yeast in the bread machine and set it on non-baking cycle.

    You can have this prepared in the morning and check it again in the afternoon or you can also use prepared frozen dough from the grocery store.
  2. Once the runza dough is ready, set aside.

Runza Filling:

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

Cheeseburger Runza :

  1. Roll the dough out thin, add the filling and then sprinkle on the cheese.
  2. Fold the sides in and make a little package.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake them at 400 degrees heat, for about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Once done, serve and eat!

So did you try making these yummy cheeseburger runzas? How did it go?

14 Comments

  1. OK. Those look REALLY good. I’m coming over for dinner.

  2. My boys have only recently deigned to eat cheeseburgers. I wonder if they’d go for these. They do look tasty. And so pretty!

    Hey, I used your name in vain over on my blog. Here’s hoping you don’t mind!

  3. I’ve never seen something like this before, and I think my kids would love it!

  4. I want a bread machine so bad, I love homemade bread. I will be trying the recipe.

  5. Wow, those look yummy! A cheeseburger in a nice little pocket! Easy, portable and fabulous! I bet there’s some amazing things you can fill in that little pocket besides just cheeseburgers! I’ll have to try it!

  6. Wow, those look really yummy and easy to make…i will have a try~~~

  7. Looks amazing — I might just have to make some this weekend!

    I’m a new single mom exploring the blog world and looking for motherhood support so just dropping a hello!

    -Missy

  8. My bread machine is 20 years old…I suspect other people who have been married as long as me might be selling theirs on ebay? hahaha.

  9. Now Runza has Swiss & mushroom or Italian flavors too!

  10. YUM. I am totally going to try to re-create that.

  11. My bread machine is newer than yours. I didn’t get my R2D2 until June of 1992 😉
    I’ve been looking for this recipe for over 35 years. My junior high school cafeteria served them for lunch and they were one of the most popular menu items, but they weren’t called Runzas (which very clearly, they are Runzas). I can’t wait to try your recipe out tomorrow. Thank you!

  12. I LOVE you!!! I miss the Runzas so much… will be trying these in the morning!

  13. Sounds great, but I don’t have a bread machine. Do you just mix all the ingredients together and let rise? Does the milk need to be heated? Butter melted before adding? Any tips would be much appreciated!

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