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Cheeseburger Buns Recipe

Cheeseburger Buns Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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 :)"

HoMiPa User ID: 6718919 55344
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"At least one evening a week I work, and I try to make something during the day that is easy for my teens to just grab and eat. Made these for the first time this week. Next time, I will double the hamburger filling recipe. The dough expanded A LOT, and therefore the filling in the middle was so spread out and thin it was like eating a big roll with only a few crumbles of hamburger. Plus, I ran out before I filled all 16, so the last few I filled with ham and cheese. I will make these again, and I'm sure they will be better with more filling."

Littlepinkdresslinda User ID: 792622 135333
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"It was yummy, and my son really liked it. I dipped it in ketchup and mustard."

sddeck User ID: 7279512 89020
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2013

"Love this recipe!!!"

shereeder User ID: 1853566 55315
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"This is one of the best recipes I've had in the house for a long time!! Great idea and they freeze so easily. Stuff with whatever you want. This recipe is so versatile with what can go into the middle."

kacylynn User ID: 2810964 55013
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"This is my favorite freezer cooking recipe, these taste great reheated. I just prepare as directed, bake several minutes (but not until golden, only until dough appears baked), wrap individually in foil, freeze and when reheating remove foil, wrap in paper towel and heat 2 mins or so in microwave. I make this exact recipe and a variation with pizza filling instead, always a hit! I have officially quit buying hot pockets!"

dmoehring User ID: 5734543 48421
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"I put deli ham and cheddar cheese in the middle. This was a huge hit with picky eaters and the teens loved them! I've left out the middle and served these as dinner rolls which went quick!"

senzascusa User ID: 2756822 55343
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2012

"I haven't frozen this exact recipe, but have frozen another very similar one and they work great. I just pop 'em frozen into the microwave on a low power level. They don't get soggy at all and taste wonderful."

rebeccakilby User ID: 5757601 89018
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2012

"I absolutly love this recipe, I have been making it since it came out in your magazine, super simple and kids love the taste, I would give this 10 stars if you had room!!"

pettymama User ID: 1026286 139738
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"These took some time but turned out really good. I spiced the meat up with Tex Joy and did american and Jack cheese."

psygrad95 User ID: 1413766 127397
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"Family favorite! I've made with frozen whole wheat bread also. Almost a 5, but I often have trouble with the juices/cheese leaking out. It is a little time consuming to wrap them all, so I don't make them regularly."

senzascusa User ID: 2756822 55012
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"Took these to a potluck and went down a storm. Everyone loved 'em. I think this filling sounds too simple. Many fillings would be great, but my favourite is adding tomato puree instead of sauce and adding spices like cinnamon, thyme, garlic, bay leaves and use mozza instead of cheddar or processed cheese. My hubby can't wait for me to make 'em again."

rebeccakilby User ID: 5757601 44188
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2011

"i have made this recipe for years and years and for every party or holiday occasion you will find these on my table. i make them half the size because most of my audiance is children who are usually to busy to eat. Great recipe and one of my favs."

swandlw User ID: 5826298 63729
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"These are so easy and so good. (try dipping them in ketchup to eat) And yes, these freeze really well, we just thaw/warm them in the microwave wrapped in a paper towel."

sahm824 User ID: 1818467 69675
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"No matter what filling I put in these, they are always a hit. Sloppy joe, roast beef and peppers, pizza type fillings. You can make so many different combos. I would love to know if anyone has tried to freeze them and then reheat them. Like hot pockets?"

southcountygirl User ID: 2604868 63726
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"Definately have to make these since they are from a fellow south county girl. thanks!"

Summer77 User ID: 3540705 44187
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"My family & I just tried these tonight and absolutely loved them. I will certainly make these again & again. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!"

SheeksT User ID: 1415392 48416
Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"I too have been making these for years. My family loves them. I make 2 batches everyday during deer season using deer sausage and moozeralla cheese. They taste the same as leftovers the next day heating them up in the microwave for 1 minute."

kissesmomof4 User ID: 427622 55011
Reviewed May. 18, 2009

"I have been making these for years. They are a big hit especially with the men folk ;)"

Airhead806 User ID: 2730711 93786
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2009

"great with Sloppy Joe mix as the filling."

ScottsdalePrincess User ID: 2646541 55314
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2008

"I have been making these for years. My son loves them! They also freeze well. I do the dough in the bread machine and it has come out perfect every time of the many dozens I have probably made them.

Shortcut: Just brown ground beef and onion and garlic. Put it on the dough circles. Squeeze ketchup over and top with cheese. 
You also can use other fillings. Like chicken with cream of chicken soup and green onions we like. Or ham and cream of mushroom with diced cooked potatoes.
This is one of the top 10 recipes ever to come out of TOH.

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 55010
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2008

"We loved these! I didn't quite have enough filling to make 16 so I made a couple with ham and cheese. My kids ate these so fast they were gone in no time. I definately need to make a double batch with my family. The dough/bread is excellent. I will now use this dough recipe for my bierocks. I am going to try pizza toppings in some like another reviewer said just to see what that tastes like. This recipe is a keeper and I will make often. Thanks!"

taunja_smith User ID: 2726882 48415
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2008

"My family loves these, they freeze really well if I make a double batch. I serve with potato salad."

jmz2005 User ID: 1303299 139737
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2008

"These sound wonderful. Will definately make for my family. Think this is something they would love. Thank you for sharing this."

lisakayhan User ID: 2200224 87646
Reviewed May. 20, 2008

"This dough is wonderful...tried ham and cheese, it was great, they are like hot pockets only much cheaper to make and they do freeze great, also tried filling with cream cheese beaten with a little sugar and raspberry jam, they were great. Definitely something I will make frequently."

dkwidmer58 User ID: 1245654 135330
Reviewed May. 11, 2008

"These cheeseburgers are very tasty. I let my bread machine do the kneading & rising. Cut down on the work. I highly recommend these. Deb"

KrystaLyn User ID: 2126428 93784
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2008

"These are great! My picky husband had 3 and requested the leftovers for lunch the next day. The dough is fantastic! I'm going to try the dough recipe for dinner rolls, it was so good. Mine took the times listed to rise."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 130434
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2008

"These took an hour to rise the first time and another hour to do the 2nd rise... plan extra time into your schedule if you are cooking these. The dough is wonderful to work with though! We filled ours with sloppy joe mix, turned out yummy!"

landofoz07 User ID: 1579103 130432
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2008

"I always make a double batch of these. One is the regular recipe and the other is adapted for pizza fillings. I freeze one batch - they reheat wonderfully!"

crazydaizy69 User ID: 109026 55007
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2007

"These are so very yummy. I have to keep it a secret if I make them or I will have everyone I know at the door."

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