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 whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 large 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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mikenmarg User ID: 8582934 253880
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"Not exactly the same, but this is reminiscent of Runza sandwiches sold at franchises throughout Nebraska and the surrounding area ... with a soft dough casing stuffed with ground beef, shredded cabbage and a few spices!"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 250628
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2016

"The filling for these buns seemed so "blah", with just a can of tomato sauce and a little onion, and when I tasted the filling it WAS "blah. For one thing, I used very lean ground beef, so there wasn't much flavor there. I added garlic powder....that didn't do it, and I ended up putting in some Grillmates barbecue seasoning, that didn't do it so I added some catsup, a little mustard and a bit of brown sugar, plus liquid smoke, and then it had a good taste. I made the dough in the bread machine, using only half the yeast, (so it would go through the whole dough cycle and not expand upwards too rapidly},and it came out perfectly. Some pretty tasty sandwiches!"

Brenda2772 User ID: 2165447 243368
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Delicious! Kind of sweet tasting."

dflack628 User ID: 6932371 231805
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."

menicki User ID: 87508 227046
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."

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 224354
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!"

DDPLoeches User ID: 1536323 223519
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."

kmejbs User ID: 7976359 128690
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"I made these for my husband and he enjoyed them, especially the bread. I took the advice of others and increased the filling (to 1/4 cup per bun) and added some more seasoning to the meat. Even though I made extra I ran out of filling, so I made the last few with turkey and cheese. I will make these again."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 130436
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"I thought these were ok but my husband loved them, although we both agreed the meat could use a bit more seasoning. We had used ground buffalo so perhaps the lack of fat contributed to the lack of flavor. Agree with previous poster more filling per bun is needed. Will try again, probably with beef and additional seasonings."

Alaska_Sandi User ID: 1424699 135334
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"our family LOVES this recipe, we have been making it for years! the dough by itself makes fantastic rolls too :)"

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