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Homemade Runzas

This traditional Nebraska recipe screams comfort food! A unique make ahead meal these runzas will have you moving to The Good Life for more!
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Runzas
Servings: 12
Author: The Farmer's Wife



  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pkg yeast
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup butter or butter flavored shortening
  • 1 egg


  • 1-2 lbs ground hamburger
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ head of cabbage, rough chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 slices American cheese singles, divided


  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Prepare a baking sheet with either parchment paper or grease it with cooking spray.
  • Mix wet dough ingredients together and warm in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Add yeast. Let the mixture rest about 5 minutes until yeast becomes frothy.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients to the yeast mixture. Mix/knead until smooth. Add more flour if necessary.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place for 30-60 minutes until dough has doubled in size.
  • Brown hamburger and drain grease. Add in diced onion and cook until onions are tender. Stir in spices and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium sized pot, melt butter. Add chopped cabbage, salt, and pepper. Heat until the cabbage is wilted. Add into the hamburger mixture and stir thoroughly.
  • Once dough has doubled. knead a few time to get the air bubbles out. Divide dough into 12 pieces. Roll out into circles about 1/4 inch in thickness.
  • On each rolled out piece of dough, place half of a single of cheese in the center of the dough circle. Place about a 1/2 cup of hamburger filling on top of the half single of cheese.
  • Fold sides of the dough up, pinching the sides together to seal each runza.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes at 400° Fahrenheit or until runzas are golden on the tops and underneath.