Stuffed Hamburger-Cabbage Buns

cabbage rolls

I just love this recipe!  It’s made with pizza dough.  Now who is not going to like it ?  Right?  It can be made ahead and frozen.    I use my made from scratch pizza dough recipe, but you can use frozen dough or buy dough from your local pizzeria.   Any way these are really special!

I googled the recipe to see if I would be lucky enough to find it because I cannot remember where I got the recipe.   I’ve been using it for years.  There are plenty of recipes that are similar to this one.  Most of them make a huge amount using 3 pounds of pizza dough.  I cannot imagine making that many rolls.  WOW!  In fact this recipe could make 16 rolls which is the perfect size.  I usually make 8 rolls because I’m just too lazy! 

The recipe calls for 2 cups of shredded cabbage and even if you can purchase a small cabbage you will have leftovers.  Which is a good thing.  Just plan something yummy for the cabbage.  I normally just steam it with  little bacon fat thrown in there.  It’s so good!  You could buy bagged cabbage to save more time.

Choose whatever kind of dipping sauce you prefer.  I love Dijon or another spicy mustard.  You might choose  a spicy ketchup, barbecue sauce, even a ranch dressing would work.  I do like to do part of the recipe ahead of time.  I make the dough the afternoon before baking.  The ground meat can be browned the day before, drained and refrigerated.  Cabbage , onion ,parsley and cheese can be chopped (shredded) ahead of time also.  With all the pre-prep when it comes time to put this together it will be a little less time-consuming.       By the way this is one of my favorite foods to serve for the Super Bowl which is just around the corner.


Stuffed Hamburger-Cabbage Buns from somewhere years ago

Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 pound frozen pizza dough, thawed (or use this recipe to make your own)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • salt and cracked pepper
  • Dijon mustard, ketchup, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing or your preferred dipping sauce


  1. Prepare dough.  If you use frozen dough let it thaw.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Brown ground beef and drain.  Place back in skillet.
  4. Stir in cabbage, onions, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic.  Cook until cabbage is tender about 6 minutes.
  5. Stir in cheese and ketchup.
  6. Divide dough into 8 equal portions.
  7. Stretch or roll dough out into about 6 inch circle.
  8. Place about 1/2 cup ground meat mixture in center of circle.
  9. Carefully pinch together edges to enclose ground beef mixture and form a bun.
  10. Place seam side down on greased or parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
  11. In a small bowl mix together egg and milk and brush each bun with the egg mixture.
  12. Sprinkle each bun with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  13. Bake for about 25 minutes or until browned.
  14. Serve with your favorite sauce.
  15. Buns can be stored frozen.  To reheat, wrap in foil;.   place on cookie sheet.  Bake 350 degrees for about 55 minutes.

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One response to “Stuffed Hamburger-Cabbage Buns

  1. Teresa

    LOL, same as you, I used to have an actual paper cookbook with this recipe. It was white with red font (I think), (have since given it to Salvation Army). Was trying to replicate the recipe, and this is the closest I have found. I definitely know my cookbook didn’t refer to it as a german name, but my toddlers actually ate them! That’s what matters.

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