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Cheeseburger Buns

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 sandwiches


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Want more ground beef ideas? Consider these ground beef recipes or this tasty sloppy joe recipe.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bun: 255 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.
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    • Amy
      Jan 19, 2020

      Great recipe. Every time I've made them they've gotten better and better. 3 kids who are picky eaters and this is a winner with them all.

    • Sally
      Dec 3, 2018

      Meh. For all the work these took, they weren't worth it. The time they indicated (30 minutes?!?) wasn't accurate for me. I doctored up the meat and didn't have bread/yeast failure - but hubs had 1/2 of one, got up and made a sandwich. It was disappointing because I spent WAY too much time on them. I forced myself to eat two of them since I really didn't want to go back in the kitchen and make something else for my meal. Then I threw the rest away. Just bland and "meh". Nothing spectacular and certainly NOT worth spending another Sunday afternoon futzing with yeast, kneading, raising, re-raising. Just not worth it.

    • chaosmommy
      Sep 28, 2016

      No comment left

    • mikenmarg
      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
      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
      Feb 7, 2016

      Delicious! Kind of sweet tasting.

    • dflack628
      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
      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
      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
      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.