My Runza Recipe

This is the time of year that I crave Runzas!  They are perfect for a Nebraska football game day party.  It’s also a great recipe to sneak some cabbage into little bellies as all my kids love this meal!

5 lbs. hamburger

1 large onion (finely chopped)

1 head of cabbage (finely chopped)

4 teaspoons salt

4 teaspoons ground pepper

5 batches of bread dough

Fry the beef in a large skillet with the onion until it is brown.  Add the cabbage, lower heat to medium low, cover and cook (stirring often) until the cabbage is transparent.  Uncover and fry until meat is beginning to crisp.  Add salt and pepper.

If you are adventurous, you can make five batches of bread dough (Frozen bread dough works great too.), make and bake all the runzas.  They freeze very well.  I usually make one batch of dough (about 1 1/2 pound loaf per pound of hamburger) in my bread-maker while I cook the meat.  When the dough is ready, separate it into eight equal parts.  Roll or press into 4 by 4 inch squares.  Put about 1/4 of a cup of meat in the middle of each one.  Fold them over like a book and press the edges together.  Place seam side down on a baking sheet.  Bake for about 20 minutes (or until lightly browned) at 350 degrees.

I freeze the rest of the filling in 4 freezer safe bags.  So the next time I want a runza, I just take a bag of filling out of the freezer, make the bread dough, roll, and fill.  Enjoy!

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  1. says

    YUM!!!! As a fellow Husker : ), we love Runza’s, too, but the budget doesn’t always allow us to head down the street. I’ll have to try this recipe…we have one that is ok, but this one may be better!

    On a side note, I got to taste test some 4 new burgers last week for Runza. I’ll have a blog post about it when my hubby gets out of the hospital.

  2. Frieda says

    If you make all five batches of dough, you would have 40 runzas? (My math isn’t great.) You didn’t explain exactly how to fold them for people who haven’t had them or don’t remember. Do you fold it in a triangle or over like a book? I can’t tell from the picture. I’ve had them and they are delicious.

  3. says

    These look delicious!I’ve never heard of a runza, but they look like a really filling meal. But I wasn’t exactly sure: is one meant to be cut to feed several people (like a loaf) or is each person supposed to eat one?

  4. says

    My husband is from Nebraska, and is all about runzas. I’ve had them before and made them for him before. But I have to say, they’re not my favorite food.

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