Homemade Runza (Meat and Cabbage Pockets)

Homemade Runza Recipe | KansasCityMamas.com

Nebraska is a little weird.

We have a weird college football mascot.

We do pointy-finger waves when we see people on gravel roads.

And everyone in the state is knowledgable about a weird meat and cabbage pocket called a Runza.

But until a year ago, I would have to take a small road trip to get my Runza fix, so I worked, and worked, and worked until I found a recipe that mimics the beloved Nebraska sandwich.

(PS: This is not a bierock. No matter what anyone tells you. They are different.)

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  1. Michelle says:

    Thanks for this recipe. We take a small cooler with us to visit my fam in Omaha so we can stop and get frozen Runza’s and bring them back to KC with us.

  2. Becky Perrett says:

    Did you know Runza opened a location in Mission, Kansas (KC) last year? You don’t have to make your own – just visit 6751 Johnson Drive.

    • Becky – Thanks. I knew about the new location (there is also one in Lawrence), however I will still probably make my own since I’m cheap and like having them on demand.

  3. Thanks for sharing , Kelly ! This is so ironic because I just tried this tasty little sandwich after driving by their new location off Johnson drive (yes , they are now local!!) Thats a bit of a drive ( not as far as Nebraska , at least), so I will be excited to try whipping up my own batch!!

  4. There is a Runza fastfood restaurant in Mission! It is on Johnson Drive next to Hobby Lobby.

    • I know. It’s so nice to have it close. However, I will probably still make my own because I’m cheap (and slightly lazy).

  5. Christina says:

    My now husband slaved to come up with homemade Runzas to bring to my house in San Antonio for a NU/OU game watch party (our first sort of date). They were awesome and a sweet memory for me and I can’t wait to share your recipe with him to compare approaches. I do have to ask, now that I live up here, do ya’ll know there is now a Runza in Mission on Johnson Dr. now? It is right by my office so I must be living right! Still fun to know how to make them at home, though. But, either way, no more cooler trips to NE required! :)

  6. I’ve also cheated and used frozen dinner roll dough instead of making the dough from scratch.

    • I’ve done that too. But I have to admit that this dough is better. It’s softer and a bit sweeter. Really it is just yumminess in flour form.

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