Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cheeseburger Buns

Because Joshua's birthday fell on conference weekend this year, he decided to have a party the night before--on April 1. Because it was April Fools Day, he chose these buns. They look like normal dinner rolls, but inside is a delicious cheeseburger filling!


2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup (8 ounces) ketchup
8 slices process American cheese, quartered (or substitute your favorite variety of cheese--Cheddar is great)


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening, egg, salt and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce. Remove from the heat; set aside.

Punch dough down; divide into 16 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, gently roll out and stretch each piece into a 5-in. circle. Top each circle with two pieces of cheese and about 3 tablespoons beef mixture. Bring dough over filling to center; pinch edges to seal.

Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 20 minutes. Bake at 400° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 sandwiches.

Recipe source: Taste of Home


  1. I love these buns and made them for Marcia and kids last time they were here. Her kids didn't go for them, but my kids gobbled them up. These freeze well, too. (Though my leftovers didn't last long in the freezer either. Paige and Logan ate them within the week, I think.) I always use regular colby/jack cheese because I don't like the taste of the processed cheese.

    1. Did you freeze them after you baked them and how did you go about reheating them

    2. Yes, Megan, I froze the buns after baking them and cooling them. I reheat them in the microwave by wrapping them in a paper towel, individually, and placing them on a microwaveable plate. I don't remember how long we heated them for since it has been awhile since I've made these, but it's not too long.

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