Bierocks Recipe
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Bierocks Recipe

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This is an old German recipe handed down from generation to generation, using foods grown or raised on the family farm. I remember helping my grandmother make these when I could barely see over the kitchen table!—Ellen Batt, Hoisington, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • DOUGH:
  • 10 to 11 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 package (1/4-ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 pounds shredded cabbage, cooked and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 323 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 475mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein


  1. For dough, in a large bowl, combine 4 cups of flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat water, milk and butter just until butter melts. Remove from heat and cool to 120°-130°. Combine with flour mixture; add eggs. Using an electric mixer, blend at low speed until moistened then beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. By hand, gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough.
  3. Knead on a floured surface about 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; let rise again until almost doubled.
  4. Meanwhile, for the filling, brown beef with onion, salt and pepper; drain. Mix together with cabbage; set aside. Divide the dough into fourths. Roll each piece into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Cut into 5-inch squares. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup filling onto each square. Bring the four corners up over the filling; pinch together to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Place on greased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until brown. Yield: 24 servings.
Originally published as Bierocks in Country Ground Beef 1993, p60

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Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"I make this also but I use 1/2 ground chuck and 1/2 ground pork sausage. I also add a little thyme to the filling. I use a different bread recipe but think I am going to try this one for a change. Always a favorite of my family. Haven't found another recipe this good. Got the recipe while living in KS."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"Excellent recipe, delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"This was a great bierock recipe. They bread was soft and well risen (not gooey) after baking. I used 4 teaspoons of yeast in the dough to give it extra lift. I also doubled the filling and used about 2/3 cup of filling per bierock. I'm very glad I doubled the filling. It made the bierocks full of goodness, not giant dough balls. Make sure you strain the filling and squeeze any moisture out of it before putting it in the bierock. Add a little shredded sharp cheddar before closing the dough for a little more kick.

Great Recipe! Thanks!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"My grandmother, who was Volga Deutsch (Volga German-speaking Russian) brought this recipe from Russia in the early 1900's. She used German (or Italian) sausage and half cabbage, half (or more) sauerkraut for a more intense flavor. You can add a little caraway too, if you like. The miners used to take these frozen in their lunch pails and they would thaw by lunch time."

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2014

"My grandmother was german and she would make bierocks with sauerkraut. My Aunts and mother made them that way and that is the way I make them. My family likes them much better with kraut in them."

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