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:
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.
2. The Runza filling – simply ground beef, onions, tomato sauce and some cheese.
- 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.
3. Put it all together – You are ready to fill your dough!
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.
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.
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.
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!)