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Bacon Cheeseburger Buns Recipe

Bacon Cheeseburger Buns Recipe

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. YIELD:24 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound sliced Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening, eggs, salt and 3-1/2 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 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush with butter. Serve warm, with ketchup if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 310 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 720mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein.

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Kuari User ID: 8558482 249136
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2016

"These were fantastic! I did switch out the onion for chopped pickle, and i added in ketchup and mustard to each bun. I also did a complete seal, so they looked like round buns, and they came out great. I'm actually making an alteration right now with broccoli, chicken and Alfredo sauce."

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 233991
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"I did like another reviewer suggested and used refrigerated crescent rolls. I used the bottle of bacon bits (actual bacon pieces) instead of cooking up bacon, since I was feeling pretty lazy. I also cut the recipe in half and it tasted just fine. I think next time I will omit the salt because it was just too salty for me, though my husband loved it. Overall a decent weeknight recipe. I'll make this again."

schamberlain User ID: 8299832 224966
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2015

"Oh my wow these are good! My husband does not care for ground beef so I used ground lamb...big hit"

cookinama User ID: 5947968 219569
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"These were absolutely delicious! We could not stop eating them. I made them for a Super Bowl party I used crescent roll dough and the recipe made 32. I sealed 2 triangles together and then cut that rectangle in half to make 2 squares Put a glob of meat in the center. The pulled all corners together to seal. They were baked about 10 minutes until golden brown. They were an absolute hit,! Great for parties!"

fcole316 User ID: 7252190 219321
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"I am sure they are great but I will have to use ready made pastry dough and make the filling."

Dalainebloom User ID: 8237330 219217
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"This sounds really good. I definitely want to try this recipe. It has to be great for finger or bite sized food for a party. This will be Great For Super Bowl Sunday Parties!!!"

Ceege User ID: 730520 119080
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"I plan on making a batch of these as soon as I get the ingredients. I read one review and it said she freezes them on cookie sheets before baking them. I want to do the same and be able to pull out as many as I need and then bake. Can anyone tell me whether I would need to thaw before baking or just bake frozen. Thanks for your help and advice."

mzbreez User ID: 1379908 206629
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"I made these for the Sunday games in the Man Cave and the guys loved them... The bread was very good and the bacon cheeseburger flavor was great. On the "keeper" list."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 140532
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"Great for kids to grab!"

kallsmom User ID: 2662239 91794
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"My kids loved these! They are a lot of work but turned out great!"

shereeder User ID: 1853566 62039
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

"Used to make cheeseburger buns, similar to these, but the whole dough was wrapped entirely around the meat mixture. They made a lot, but they froze beautifully. Always great to have in a pinch, just pop in the microwave for a quick meal. This was also a TOH recipe from way back."

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 140621
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014

"This was a lot of work! They were good, but not that good! I didn't have velveeta, so I used regular grated cheese and a 4 oz of cream cheese. That tasted good. I wasn't expecting them to be as big as they were, so I had tons! I shared with the neighbors. They were happy!"

TanyaMoon User ID: 7697014 118997
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"This sounds absolutely delicious, but I never know when it's "my turn" to serve at a football party until the last minute. On that note- I have a question rather than a comment- Could I use prepackaged crescent roll dough, pizza dough, or something like that if I'm in a hurry? Thanks!"

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 91793
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"These were great and my family loved them and we have plenty leftover to freeze for lunches. I used ground turkey instead of the beef and I think next time I'll throw the dough into the bread machine on the dough setting just for a little bit more ease. I can't wait to make these again!!"

squatch44 User ID: 1875150 126171
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"Made these for Monday Night Football...they were great...everyone liked them!"

Blondieroberts User ID: 5008200 60888
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"These sound great!!! For a quick dinner Id use cresent rolls. Would be good for a party too."

Leonsgirl User ID: 7335247 56749
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"These are the BEST! Me and my husband are "newly married." One time I asked him what his mom used to make that he was hungry for. He said, "She used to make some kind of dough with meat and cheese in that were very good." So I called her up and this is the recipe she gave to me! It's been a favorite ever since! I also found out that the dough makes delicious dinner rolls too."

Bruce's wife User ID: 4636452 60886
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"I made these for a group but made them smaller than this recipe suggested. They were a hit. I did not have Velveta, so I used processed American cheese."

KJBest64097 User ID: 5108521 126112
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"To save time, I used crescent rolls - 3 tubes (8 rolls in ea tube). I didn't have Velveeta on-hand but did have Cheez Whiz (15 oz jar). We LOVED these! The kids thought they were fun. Definitely making these again and again. I didn't dice the bacon before I fried it. I fried the slices, and after they cooled I crumbled them (but not too small) - again, saved some time. And I added some ground cumin for a little extra flavor to the ground beef, and didn't brush them w/butter."

CStargardt08 User ID: 7212745 74652
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"I discovered these almost two years ago, in your magazine and was thrilled to see them as recipe of the day!! I have made them many times over the years, even replaced for hamburgers at our children's birthday parties. I make them a day or two in advance and heat in oven with a bowl of water and they stay moist. If we won't be able to eat the whole batch (which isn't often!) I place them, unbaked on cookie sheets and freeze - I pull them straight from the freezer and into the oven for a great weeknight meal. I've made many variations, but my favorite is to use deer burger meat and add some Worcestershire sauce."

DN27 User ID: 7088069 140531
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"This was a fun recipe to make and eat! I loved the dough and did my family, what a gem :) Thanks for sharing"

red110753 User ID: 4028294 146871
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"This recipe is GREAT!! I used premade pizza dough. My whole family loved it. So so simple. I will make this again and again."

tommynbarbie User ID: 2397219 62038
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"why couldn't you use crescent rolls to wrap. Just saying if you have trouble with making dough. It would also speed up the process"

babs14075 User ID: 6497743 58699
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

"There are a lot of good ready made roll doughs out there that can save time for us busy cooks.I love these recipes but can they be made a little healthier and easier to prepare?"

dihiggins User ID: 4211406 74614
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

"I love this recipe. Fun for a crowd! Delicious!"

nickymp User ID: 6633648 60884
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"This is delicious. We picked a random recipe for dinner and are sooo glad it was this one."

Bakerwantabe User ID: 6374226 58695
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Great but used real cheddar big hit :)"

AnnitaKP User ID: 521801 64943
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"Love this recipe. The first time I made it the store was out of regular Velveeta so I used the Mexican variety. This is how we like it best--spices it up just a bit."

JSmith1983 User ID: 6266014 206628
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"My mother, and I tried this recipe last night for dinner. We did make a few changes to the recipe by using wanton wrappers instead of making the dough. I do have to say that it was very delicious, and also very rich. With the amount of velveta cheese, and bacon called for in this recipe yielded about 12 buns since we used large wanton wrappers. I would recomend using a lighter velveta cheese or cut back on amount of cheese called for. Also with the bacon I would recommend cutting back on the amount called for as well. As all I was able to taste at the first bite was bacon, and cheese. The taste of both over powered the taste of the beef. The wanton wrappers worked out nicely as we baked them instead of deep frying them. The only issue was that they didn't really bring anything to the table as far as taste. They only added to creamy texture of the bacon, burger, and cheese mixture.

Over all this was a very excellent dish, and will be happy to make it again. Next time make a few minor modifications to the recipe."

tomsaaristo User ID: 6460206 140604
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"These are reminiscent of the super popular cheeseburger turnovers that were judiciously served at the school cafeteria. I believe it was the school's most requested recipe. My loft is too cold for dough to rise (and my oven is in the wall!) so I use frozen bread dough for these types of things and it works beautifully. As to the salt, I think the level of salt here is correct but if your bacon is extra salty, you might want to adjust."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 145999
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"I used the dough setting on my bread maker, and cut the recipe in half. The dough made a really nice "roll" ... very soft and more attractive after you brush on the butter at the end. I used a good sharp cheddar, but about half the quantity. When you can't make burgers on the grill, go for these delicious bundles."

BB82 User ID: 5662435 58688
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"i made these for a superbowl party & they were DELICOUS! they dissapeared & got soo many compliments & am always asked to make these for every get together now. I used Rhodes rolls instead of making my own :)"

skinniercook User ID: 6190870 118835
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I made this after a friend recommended it. I like and will be making it again. You have to press the corners together tightly in the middle or they tend to pop apart. Aslo I used much less salt. Between the bacon and the cheese, I felt it was almost salty enough."

lisakim User ID: 6057330 58661
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"These are great. I used the recipe to make panzzarotti and my nephews loved them. I served with tomato sauce for dipping. Big hit."

lorajean18 User ID: 1392520 64942
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"These were great. I also used the crescent rolls, but I needed more than 2 rolls. Husband and friends loved them!"

marisatoddbarton User ID: 4315925 126111
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"Amazing! New family favorite! Used 2 tubes crescent rolls instead. Fused 2 triangles together then cut rectangle in half. Saved a ton of time."

sylvia_moss User ID: 4270982 64940
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"Love this recipe. It is very time consuming but well worth it. My little girls are so picky (as is my husband) and they all loved these. I did make them bigger, more like a bierock."

vanillaluv User ID: 5350586 206627
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2010

"Very good and easy to make. The dough was very simple and I just used the rise time to do other things. For a weekday would use crescent dough or frozen rolls as other reviewers wrote."

tonyasorrels User ID: 4488721 140603
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"I made these for a party and they were a hit."

cdbdga User ID: 3142440 91751
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"My family loved this! I used Pillsbury cresent rolls to make it quick and easy and 1/2 the bacon along with shredded cheddar instead of Velveeta. Mmmm."

Wingwife415 User ID: 2921671 140601
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2010

"I would rate this as "ok". Nothing great in my opinion. Probably won't make it again."

kimtrem User ID: 4150879 74609
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"I made these for my boyfriend and he absolutely loved them!! I wouldn't recommend making your own dough though - very time consuming! Buy the frozen dough and set it out in the morning so it is thawed and has risen by the time you are ready to cook."

kelagriff User ID: 1059715 125985
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"Everyone in my house loved them!! I did it all by hand but will try the bread machine next time as it is a very time consuming recipe but well worth it anyway!!"

PuppydogJammies User ID: 3665359 58657
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"Who would want a burger after having this?!?!?! OMGness. This was amazing & during the meal we talked about different people & places we could serve these little gems. I halfed the recipe.

I gave it 4 stars because the buns call for shortening which is loaded with transfats. I replaced the shortening with butter (which has saturated fats) and it was wonderful & a little less life threatening. I also used 2% velveeta & real bacon, which are less messy and have less fat than if I'd cooked the bacon myself. I prepared my dough in a bread machine using rapid yeast & had dough in 45 minutes. I didn't brush butter on them afterwards...that seemed like a pointless step."

anngerstan User ID: 956507 74605
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2009

"I used crescent recipe creations and they turned out very well.."

jenlloyd2005 User ID: 2937287 126110
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"If you make the dough in your bread machine on the dough setting, it makes the recipe so much easier. The recipe even works well halved! A family favorite!"

littleann1 User ID: 1709381 151721
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"I made these the other nite & my family went crazy overe them. I actually used frozen rolls instead & let them rise all day then punched em' down & flattened them. We're adding this to our family favorites!!!"

KY_Cook User ID: 1619535 60882
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2008

"This is an AWESOME recipe! We ALL loved it and will DEFINITELY be making it again :)"

jenlloyd2005 User ID: 2937287 56745
Reviewed May. 25, 2008

"This recipe was so delicious and easy to make... the hardest part of making it was the buns, but that's because I didn't use my rolling pin, which I probably should have. The buns work good in a bread machine on dough cycle. These tasted like a burger fresh off the grill though. My husband loved it and so did my baby girl, this was a really easy meal for her to eat! We will definitely be making it a lot more in the future!"

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