Cheeseburger Buns Recipe
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Cheeseburger Buns Recipe

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My mom stuffs soft homemade yeast rolls with ground beef, tomato sauce and cheese to make these tasty sandwiches. They're great leftovers, too. My son takes them in his lunch the next day. —Nancy Holland, Morgan Hill, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 8 slices process American cheese, quartered

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 255 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening, egg, salt and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  3. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  4. Punch dough down; divide into 16 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, gently roll out and stretch each piece into a 5-in. circle. Top each circle with two pieces of cheese and about 3 tablespoons beef mixture. Bring dough over filling to center; pinch edges to seal.
  5. Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 20 minutes. Bake at 400° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 sandwiches.
Originally published as Cheeseburger Buns in Taste of Home June/July 2003, p35

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Delicious! Kind of sweet tasting."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"My family loved these! Even my adult son, who's not fond of ground beef, loved these. After reading the reviews, I used 1 3/4 lb. ground chuck and added a dash of garlic powder and a squirt of ketchup to the meat mixture. The dough was very easy to work with and tasted delicious. We're anxious to try some other variations on this recipe now."

Reviewed May. 27, 2015

"I have been making these for several years, I make them as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, BBQ Beef and also ham and cheese. they are great any way you make them.

I also freeze the extra ones and heat them for about 1 minute in the microwave."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"This is a tasty and fun recipe. However I changed the filling after reading some of the other reviews. I doubled the meat. To make it taste more like a burger like I used a 15 oz can if tomatoe sauce, 1/2 can ketchup, 2 tb burger seasoning, 1 ts liquid smoke, 1 Tb Worcestershire, season salt and pepper to taste. I also added a ts of dill pickle relish in the pocket. Not exactly the recipe but I got rave reviews!"

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"I wasn't really faithful to the recipe--I used angel rolls dough and had to tweak the meat sauce a bit. I also used cheddar and mozzarella according to my kids' preferences. My family enjoyed the results."

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