Originally from Iowa, Runzas were a staple in our family dinners. Usually the beef and cabbage mixture was stuffed in fresh bread dough. This is an easy and quick variation that is a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables! My 10 year old son loves them.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over high heat. Drain fat. Stir in garlic, onion, and cabbage; cook until vegetables are wilted and soft. Stir in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard. Cook over medium heat, uncovered, until reduced to a sloppy joe consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • Place hamburger buns on top of meat mixture; cover skillet to steam, about 1 minute. To serve, fill steamed buns with beef and cabbage mixture.

Nutrition Facts

284 calories; protein 18.3g 37% DV; carbohydrates 27.9g 9% DV; fat 10.8g 17% DV; cholesterol 44.6mg 15% DV; sodium 492.8mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2009
This is a great recipe!!i don't the Worcestershire sauce; try black pepper instead!! With the hamburger and when put in the bun!! It is a staple here in Nebraska too. You could add a slice of cheese too for a cheese(any kind) runza!! ( best version of all) Pasta/spaghetti sauce makes a great italian runza when used instead of broth too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/03/2010
I remember eating runzas from a german bierock shop...but these were not it. Sorry. no one in my family liked these at all. Read More
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36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2009
This is a great recipe!!i don't the Worcestershire sauce; try black pepper instead!! With the hamburger and when put in the bun!! It is a staple here in Nebraska too. You could add a slice of cheese too for a cheese(any kind) runza!! ( best version of all) Pasta/spaghetti sauce makes a great italian runza when used instead of broth too. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2009
I was hesitant at first to try this recipe but I sure am glad that I did. My wife doesn't usually like to try new things and since I do all the cooking I am always trying to serve something different that she would enjoy. It is surely something that I will make again. My wife even loved it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2009
I added a small can of tomato paste which I think improved the flavor a great deal. I can't pinpoint it but it tastes familiar somehow. Good use of cabbage! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2011
I grew up with a recipe very much like this one. I was raised by my Polish grandmother and my Russian grandfather and meals like this were just about always a staple food. I'd almost forgotten how good these tasted. We'd have these over macaroni when my Grams didn't have time to bake. Sometimes my 'Djeda' (Russian for Grampa) replaced the fresh cabbage with saurkraute because he loved to cook even more than my Grams. Any which way that was decided to eat this meal it was always fantastic. Thank you for bringing back many cherished memories with this great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2010
My husband was a little skeptical about the combination but had two burgers and commented how good it was several times. My teenager liked it as did my picky 11 year old. I will make it again!!! Today (1/17/10) I made it using venison burger. It was just as good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2010
I did not have beef broth so I used water instead. I also used a rather large head of cabbage. My husband cannot eat gluten so we ate this plain -- and loved it! Next time I will try to use beef broth and more meat (or perhaps less cabbage). The barbecue-ish smell (the simmering combined mustard and Worcestershire sauce smelled fantastic!) inspired us to add a touch of ketchup on top. We couldn't stop eating it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2009
WOW! This was great...even my very very picky 7 year old asked for more and I can not stress how picky she is. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/03/2010
I remember eating runzas from a german bierock shop...but these were not it. Sorry. no one in my family liked these at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2013
Our ratio of meat to cabbage was way off (it was mostly cabbage) but it was delicious. Served it over bread like sloppy joes but I actually preferred it without the bread. Will definitely make this again - we'll try to have a better meat/cabbage ratio next time. Read More
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