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Bacon Cheeseburger Buns

This is a fun way to serve bacon cheeseburgers without all the fuss of assembling the sandwiches to serve a gang. These convenient packets can be dipped into ketchup or barbecue sauce as you eat them. —Marjorie Miller, Haven, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2/3 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Ketchup or barbecue sauce, optional
  • Sesame seeds, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, sugar, shortening, eggs, salt and 3-1/2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, onion, salt and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add bacon and cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from the heat.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into fourths. Roll each portion into an 12x8-in. rectangle; cut each into six squares. Place 1/4 cup meat mixture in the center of each square. Bring corners together in the center and pinch to seal.
  • Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 9-11 minutes. Brush with butter. If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve warm, with ketchup if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 bun: 310 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 720mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein.
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