My amazing Blackstone Runza Recipe will satisfy all your Runza cravings and more. With cabbage, onions, beef, cheese, and an easy shortcut dough, you can have these mouthwatering goodies ready in just 30 minutes from start to finish.
Quick Blackstone Griddle Runza
I first discovered the Runza during a work trip to Omaha, Nebraska. Despite not being known for adventure or vacationing, Omaha surprised me with its charm. Plus, I had the pleasure of meeting a group of incredibly fun and friendly ladies who made the trip unforgettable. It was during this visit that I also got to try the amazing Runza, a delightful filled dough pocket that Nebraska is famous for.
What is a Runza?
The Runza, inspired by the German Bierock and Eastern European Piroshky, is a specialty offered by the Runza chain restaurant found all over Nebraska. It consists of a yeasted dough wrapped around a generous filling of cabbage, onions, and seasoned ground beef. And let’s not forget the cheese! The Runza stores even offer creative variations like Mushroom & Swiss, vegetarian, barbecue bacon, and a cheeseburger variety with pickles inside.
How to Make a Runza
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your own homemade bread dough for the Runza. Alternatively, frozen bread dough works just as well. However, for a quick and easy option, I recommend using crescent roll dough, which is always available in my fridge. And if you have a gas griddle like a Blackstone, making Runzas becomes even quicker.
Here’s a simple step-by-step guide:
- Cook the cabbage and onions.
- Season and cook the ground beef.
- Fill the crescent roll dough with the toppings and cheese.
- If you’re feeling daring, flip the Runza.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
The Difference in Runzas
As you’ll see from the pictures, using crescent roll sheets creates a thinner crust compared to traditional Runzas. Personally, I love that! However, if you prefer a thicker dough, you can use regular bread dough or pre-made pizza dough. Another option is doubling up on the thickness of the crescent sheet. If you choose this route, make sure to cover the Runza while it cooks to ensure the bread is fully cooked.
Storing and Reheating Leftovers
To keep your leftover Runzas fresh, store them in a baggie or covered storage container, away from moisture. They can last for several days in the fridge. When it’s time to reheat, you can use your grill, oven, air fryer, or pellet grill. Just make sure they are fully heated through to maintain the tasty experience.
What to Serve with Runza
If you’re dining at a Runza restaurant, the classic options are fries, onion rings, or the ultimate combo, “Frings” (half onion rings, half french fries). For a healthier alternative, I highly recommend pairing your Runzas with a fresh Greek Salad or my Grilled Caesar Pasta Salad.
Since we’re reminiscing about Omaha, I want to highlight some delicious recipes from the talented ladies I met during my trip. Visit their websites, follow their amazing work, and give them a warm hello from me:
- Strawberry Kuchen from Julie @ Hostess at Heart
- Air Fryer Blooming Onion from Jennifer @ Take Two Tapas
- Black Bean and Corn Salad from Lisa @ Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish
- Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake from Michaela @ An Affair From the Heart
For more delightful recipes and the best dining experience in town, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill.