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Runza Recipe | Nebraska Beef Pocket Sandwiches

A plate of runzas with the Rada Cutlery Spatu.a

If you haven’t had a runza, you’re missing out! These delicious bread-pocket sandwiches stuffed with ingredients such as beef and cabbage. They’re easy to make, and the tasty filling is just outrageously good. Give one a try and you’ll be hooked!

Runza Sandwich Recipe

Kristi prepares to cook runzas using Rada Cutlery products.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cans thin pizza crust (frozen hamburger dough can substitute)
  • Salt and pepper

Preheated your oven to 375 degrees. On the stove, brown 1 lb. ground beef until done.

Kristi cooks ground beef using the Rada Non-Scratch Spoon with holes.

Drain the beef and place back in the pan.

Kristi uses the Rada Non-Scratch Spoon with Holes to remove ground beef from a pan.

Add 1 small head of shredded green cabbage and 1 diced yellow onion to the beef. Stir.

Kristi uses the Rada Cutting Board to pour cabbage into a pan.

Cover with a lid and continue cooking until the cabbage and onion are cooked down. Make sure to stir occasionally, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Kristi covers the runza mixture.

Roll out 2 cans of thin pizza crust to about 11” by 14”. Alternatively, you can use frozen hamburger dough, thawed, rolled, and cut, for the following steps.

Kristi rolls dough.

Cut each crust into 8 rectangles.

Kristi uses the Rada Pizza Cutter to cut dough.

Place a heaping quarter-cup of the beef mixture into each rectangle. Bring one side of the crust over and seal the edges. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned.

Kristi fills dough with runza mixture.

Serve and enjoy!

Kristi poses with completed runza sandwiches.

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What Are Runzas?

A plate of homemade runzas with a Rada Cutlery Spatula.

Runza sandwiches first appeared in Russia during the 1800s. The recipe made its way to Germany, and was eventually spread to the United States by German immigrants. It is most popular in Nebraska, which is also home to a restaurant chain called Runza. Whether you get them at a restaurant or eat them at home, the runza sandwich is one incredibly tasty meal!

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Recently, the 1975 class of Lincoln Southeast High School held its 40-year reunion! Runzas were served, demonstrating just how important to the Nebraskan food culture this amazing sandwich is.

Visit Wikipedia for more information on the history of the runza!

Runzas Video Recipe


Runzas Video Transcript

Hi, Kristi in the Rada Cutlery kitchen, and today I want to show you how to make runzas. These are delicious pocket sandwiches that are popular in Colorado and Nebraska. The whole family will love them!

First, brown 1 pound ground beef until done. The straight edge of this Rada Non-Scratch Spoon easily breaks it up while cooking without scratching your pan. Drain when done. Then add a shredded small head of green cabbage and 1 yellow diced onion and stir. Cover with a lid and continue cooking until the cabbage and the onion are cooked down. Stir occasionally, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Roll out 2 cans of thin pizza crust to about 11” by 14”. Cut each crust into 8 rectangles. We’re using the Rada Pizza Cutter. Place a heaping quarter cup of the beef mixture on one side. Bring one side of the crust over and seal the edges. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned.

And there you have tasty runzas! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and visit our website at

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