Cheeseburger Steam Buns

16-20 buns
Prep Time:
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Helpful Equipment:

bamboo steamer
Recipe from Stuffed!


Bun Dough:

2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
4 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup hot water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Burger Filling

1 pound ground beef
2 large onions, diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 slices Cheddar or American cheese, quartered
Ketchup, for serving
Salt, for seasoning


Make the Dough:
Mix the yeast, warm water and 1 cup (120 g) of the flour in a medium bowl and let sit for 1 hour until bubbles form.

Mix the sugar with the hot water and oil in a small bowl. Add this to the yeast mixture along with the remaining 3½ cups (420 g) flour and knead until smooth, about 12 minutes. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

Make the Filling: Form the beef into 16-20 small patties. In a skillet, sauté the onions in the butter over medium heat until they are deeply browned, about 15 minutes.

Stuff It!: Divide the dough into 20 uniform pieces. Roll out each piece to 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick, place a patty on it, top with the onions and a slice of cheese and wrap fully with the dough. Repeat to complete all 20 buns.

Cook It: Steam in batches of 5 or 10 depending on how big your steamer is. Steam over high heat for about 12 to 15 minutes, until cooked through. Serve with ketchup.