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Make-Ahead Sandwiches Recipe

"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."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 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 (6 ounces) 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. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional 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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ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 83160
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

"So easy and great to have in the freezer. Love how crispy the buns are when baked in the foil. My husband general doesn't like pickles, but he loved these! I used dill pickles."

coppertop97 User ID: 312232 30233
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2009

"I'm gonna use burger buns, can't wait to make them."

ErikB User ID: 4150106 22517
Reviewed May. 21, 2009

"These sound great for Memorial Day!


rabrady User ID: 3688095 30022
Reviewed May. 20, 2009

"These were so easy to make and my whole family loved them. Next time I will definately make a double batch so I can try freezing some since we had hardly any leftovers! YUMMY!!"

durfeefam User ID: 2631932 59588
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

"These are great!! easy to make and when you take them out of the freezer and cook them they are just as good!! We will make more of these to keep on hand for busy nights!!"

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