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Meat Buns Recipe

Meat Buns Recipe

On the outside, these golden buns resemble ordinary dinner rolls. But one bite reveals the tasty, cheesy beef filling inside. —Sharon Leno, Keansburg, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • DOUGH:
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 2-1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar, egg, salt and 1 cup flour; beat on low for 3 minutes. Add 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; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add cabbage, onion, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in cheese. Remove from the heat; set aside to cool.
  • 4. Punch dough down and divide into 12 pieces. Gently roll out each piece into a 5-in. circle. Top each with about 1/4 cup filling. Fold dough over filling to meet in the 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 30 minutes. Brush with butter. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: The dough may be prepared in a bread machine. Place dough ingredients (using water that is 70°-80° and only 2 cups of bread flour) in bread pan in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a floured surface and punch down. Prepare buns as directed.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 199 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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tcavman15 User ID: 1537577 83161
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"This one's a keeper. Even the picky eaters in my family didn't mind the cabbage in there, even when they knew ahead of time. We didn't think the dough was too sweet. I think you could add just about anything to the filling to customize it (chopped hard cooked egg, mushrooms, bacon, etc.). I think these might be a nice portable thing to take on a picnic."

rosebudh74 User ID: 712440 24035
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"Very good...but I think it could do without the sugar or reduce it to half that amount. It seems too sweet."

schreiber User ID: 1569307 202802
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"An alternative to "scratch dough" is - Texas sized frozen dinner rolls, thawed, and rolled out in a circle. A bottom to put the filling on, and put another circle on top, seal around the edges and let the rolls rise. You can put an egg wash on your Meat Buns before you bake them if you'd like."

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