Kraut Burgers

I’ve heard them called both bierocks and runzas. Basically meat and cabbage filled roll. SO GOOD! Deborah (HBHW Reader)

This is a great, easy, healthy, cheap recipe that our family enjoys. We make them for dinner, packed lunches, pot lucks, … basically good anytime. They freeze very well too. I usually make a large batch (recipe below) and freeze a bunch so DH can take a few for his packed lunches.

  • 2c warm water
  • 1/2 c veggie oil
  • 1 pkg dry yeast
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1 T salt
  • 4-6 cups flour
  • 2lbs hamburger
  • 1 head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 lg onion, finely chopped


Dissolve yeast in warm water; add sugar, salt and oil. Add enough flour to make stiff dough. Let rise (approx 45 minutes) and punch down and let rise again (approx 30 minutes).


Brown meat, fry cabbage and onion in small amount of fat. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix together in large bowl and set aside. Let sit for 30 minutes. (make the filling while dough is rising the first

When dough has risen a second time, roll out to 1/2 inch thinkness, cut into 5 inch squares or larger.  (or if I’m being lazy just break off small pieces of dough and roll out
like tortilla). spoon meat mixture into center of square (be generous! I don’t always measure but it’s probably 1/3 to 1/2 cup). Pull up each corner and pinch together, leaving no openings. turn over onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until bread is golden brown.  (approx 30 minutes). Brush tops with butter and serve.

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