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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 turkey or beef
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  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 pounds shredded cabbage, cooked and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 323 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 475 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 323 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 475 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein.

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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."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"This recipe came out so amazing! I love bierocks but it is so hard to find them. My school cafeteria used to serve them when I was growing up and I would always get double on Bierock Day. Then I lived in a city where a grocery store deli had them for sale and filled my addiction that way. I've always wanted to cook these, but I was afraid it would be really difficult for a beginner cook, like me. Finally, I got the courage to try making these myself and I found this recipe. I did everything just as directed. The seasoning is perfect and the bread came out so good! I will be making these again and again! The only problem I had was that the bread baking in the pan on the bottom oven rack got burnt a little, so maybe the baking time should be lessened? I'm not an experienced baker, so maybe someone else has a better idea on how not to burn the bottoms. In any case, they were still scrumptious!"

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"I was in Fresno last weekend and a friend brought over some bierocks made at the bakery that used to be Laucks (Olive and Van Ness Ave) and they were so good!! So much so, I decided to try to make them. I came across this site and recipe and tried it. These are wonderful! We had a hard time not eating more (taking to Sabbath services)! I too, cooked the cabbage with the meat and onions. The cabbage, I plopped chunks into the blender filled with water and pulsed a couple times till it was fine. The spices were perfect for us, in fact, kinda spicy with the amount of white pepper. But we like it. Now I hope they reheat well for the group!"

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"Reminds me of My Grandma"

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