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Runzas are meat & cabbage stuffed yeast rolls. They are great for a delicious meal on the run or a handheld dinner.

I know you are asking what are runzas. In doing some research, I found that they are mostly found in Nebraska, but they are a German food. From what I have found, many Germans that were living in Russia that came to America moved to the upper Midwest region. And runza was a food they brought with them.

As I’ve said before, each culture has their version of a dumpling. Mexicans have empanadas, Italians have ravioli, Chinese have potstickers and Germans have runzas. Runzas are basically rolls with meat & cabbage inside.

What is traditionally in a Runza?

Runzas traditionally are stuffed with ground beef, onions and cabbage. Although you can get creative with what you put in yours. Cheese would be amazing. Bacon or mushrooms would be great as well.

Yield: 12



Runzas are meat & cabbage stuffed yeast rolls. They are great for a delicious meal on the run or a handheld dinner.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 2 hours
Bake Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes



  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp dry active yeast
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  1. Heat milk, water, butter and sugar to 105 - 110 degrees.
  2. Stir in yeast and allow to proof for 10 minutes.
  3. In large bowl, stir together flour and salt.
  4. Once yeast has proofed, stir in flour mixture.
  5. Knead dough for 8 minutes or until dough is smooth and not sticky adding flour as needed.
  6. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and set to rise in a warm draft free place until doubled about an hour.
  7. While dough is rising, brown ground beef with onions. Once browned and onion are translucent, stir in beef broth and cabbage. Allow to cook until cabbage is tender.
  8. Once dough has doubled, divide into 12 even balls.
  9. Roll balls out into 5 - 6 inch circles.
  10. Place filling on dough and draw sides up to make a ball. Place on a greased sheet pan, cover, and allow to rise for an hour. You will need to place only six per sheet pan. You can brush them with an egg wash before baking but I found that it made my dough fall.
  11. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until light brown on top.
  12. Enjoy!

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