grandma's cabbage burgers!

★★★★★ 27
a recipe by
Brenda Broadfoot
Tecumseh, NE

I love it when my Mom and Grandma would make these. It was always a special treat. I make this an all-day event when I make them due to the fact I make 5 dozen and freeze them... which turns out to be a waste of time with the kids running to the freezer every day saying "don't worry bout me for supper mom I'm just gonna grab a cabbage burger." Here in Nebraska, we have a fast food place called Runza, and when I explain to my friends what a Cabbage Burger is they say "oh you mean a Runza?" and the debate starts they are 2 totally different things, and not anywhere close to the same!!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Imagine soft buttery yeast rolls stuffed with savory cabbage and beef. That's what these cabbage burgers are. The bread is sweet and fluffy. Perfect on its own. We opted to use ground beef, but you can use any type of meat you like. The beef is browned with onion and garlic so it's very flavorful. Adding cabbage and letting it cook with the beef and onions lets the cabbage absorb all its flavor. We never had anything like these burgers before and they're delicious. Comfort food all the way. Ours baked a little quicker, so keep your eye on them as they bake.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 27
serves makes 5 dozen
prep time 2 Hr
cook time 35 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For grandma's cabbage burgers!

  • 6 lb
    hamburger (I use deer or elk)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • 5 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 2 lg
  • 4 md
    cabbage heads
  • 5
    loaves of bread dough
  • I have one person try these that stated they added cubes of potatoes to the filling as well!
  • 1 c
    water, warm
  • 1 Tbsp
    active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/3 c
    powdered milk
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 lg
  • 1/4 c
    oil or butter (melted)
  • 3 c

How To Make grandma's cabbage burgers!

Test Kitchen Tips
Note: As written, this recipe makes enough food to feed an army. We cut back the recipe to make 12 burgers and wanted to share the measurements in case you wanted to make fewer cabbage burgers.

1 dough recipe
1 1/2 lbs ground meat
1 small onion
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 head cabbage
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
  • Yeast, sugar, and warm water in a bread machine.
    I use my bread machines to make the bread. Add 1 Tbsp yeast and 1 Tbsp sugar to 1 cup warm water and mix until dissolved. Place in the bread machine.
  • Adding beaten egg and melted butter.
    Add beaten egg and butter.
  • Adding dry ingredients to the bread machine.
    Add all of the dry ingredients.
  • Setting bread machine.
    Set the bread maker to the dough setting and start the dough process. I have it set up so when I take one batch of bread dough out I start the next loaf right away. Then by the time the cabbage burgers come out of the oven and cool I can be working on the next batch.
  • Cooking the ground meat, onions, garlic, garlic salt, salt, and pepper.
    While dough in the bread machine, cook the ground meat, onions, garlic, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Drain the meat and set aside.
  • Cabbage chopped into chunks.
    While you are browning the meat you should chop up the cabbage. I like medium-sized chunks of cabbage.
  • Cabbage and seasoning added to the ground beef.
    Add cabbage to the meat mixture and check seasonings to taste. Add about a half cup of water.
  • Cabbage and ground beef simmering.
    Let simmer on low until the cabbage is tender.
  • Dough rolled and cut into 12 pieces.
    As soon as everything is ready to go, roll out dough on a floured surface. Cut dough into 12 squares large enough for a heaping 1/2 cup of the cabbage mixture.
  • Beef/cabbage mixture on top of the dough.
    Place 1/2 cup of filling in the center of one square of dough.
  • Sealing the edges of the dough.
    Fold up the corners and "just a pinch" to seal them.
  • Cabbage burgers baking in the oven.
    Place them on a large cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, till nice and golden brown.
  • Brushing cabbage burgers with melted butter.
    Lightly brush tops of rolls with butter.
  • Golden brown Cabbage Burgers.
    Serve right from the oven and freeze the rest if there is any. Enjoy!!!
  • Inside of Grandma's Cabbage Burgers.
    You can cut this down. I only do the majority of my baking in the winter so I do it this way and freeze them.