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Make-Ahead Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


1 dozen

"I developed these 'fun buns' about 20 years ago when our four children were preteens," explains Marie Hass from Madison, Wisconsin. "Once they started high school, I kept some in the freezer for quick suppers when after-school activities kept them from eating with the rest of the family."


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup chopped dill or sweet pickles
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 12 hot dog buns, split


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, pickles, salt, pepper, garlic powder and pepper sauce; heat through. Stir in cheese.
  2. Place about 1/3 cupful on six buns; serve immediately. Cover and refrigerate remaining meat mixture until cool.
  3. Fill the remaining buns; wrap individually in heavy-duty foil and seal tightly. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. To use frozen sandwiches: Bake in foil at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 295 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 908mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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