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Meat Buns – Meat Stuffed Bun

Meat Buns  Hearty, perfectly seasoned beef wrapped in a fluffy bun. It’s tough to go wrong with bread stuffed with meat, and this recipe allows you to experience these flavors together in perfect harmony.

Freshly baked Meat Buns sliced into two to show the delicious meat filling


Fresh bread is something I can never resist, and if you are a constant reader, you will know I love bread. That’s why I have a lot of bread recipes on this blog like sweet white bread, Crusty Dutch Oven No-knead bread, Bread sausage bread rolls, and many more…but this particular recipe is quite different. 

Let’s look at it this way. Meat tastes good, and so do buns, so of course, these meat-stuffed buns will be good, right? The dough is so soft, and the filling is so tasty and addictive! Following this recipe is a sure way to get something truly delicious and new!

We prefer to eat them fresh and hot from the oven as an appetizer, but they can also be served with soup or salad as a full meal. They are also perfect for snack time or a quick meal. 

Freshly baked bread bun on a tray


I made my filling with ground beef, but ground turkey or ground chicken will work just as well.

The meat filling is very versatile, and you can go as bold as you want with it. Add some crispy diced bacon, ham, onions, parmesan cheese, or shredded mozzarella cheese.

I made them into six big buns; however, you can make them into smaller buns, especially if you plan to use them as grab and go for kids.

Freshly baked Bread buns placed inside a basket

How long will these buns last?

Since these buns are stuffed with meat, it is advisable to eat them within a couple of hours. If you plan to eat them later, you can store them in a ziplock bag and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days, and they also keep well in the freezer and thaws well.

Can I use the no-knead dough for this recipe?

 My answer will be no because no-knead doughs are wet and not strong enough to hold the weight of the filling.

How long to make Meat Buns? 

This recipe takes about two hours, including prep and cook time.

Watch how to make it:

What are Meat Buns? 

Meat buns are pretty much what they sound like—ground meat (usually beef or pork) baked inside a bun. Several cultures have variations on this, but meat buns are probably most commonly linked to Asia. 

What to serve with Meat Buns? 

Meat Buns are typically best treated as an appetizer or side dish so that they can go with just about anything. For more variation in texture, flavor, and nutrients, serve with a green vegetable and/or starch.


  1. Try not to overfill the buns to ensure that they hold together.
  2. It’s important to knead so that the dough will be strong enough to accommodate the filling.

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Freshly baked Meat Buns sliced into two to show the delicious meat filling

Meat Buns

Meat Buns — Hearty, perfectly seasoned beef wrapped in a fluffy bun? It’s tough to go wrong with bread stuffed with meat, and this recipe allows you to experience these flavors together in perfect harmony.
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Course: Lunch/Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Global
Keyword: Beef, meat buns
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
proofing time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Buns
Calories: 490kcal


The Filling

  • 1 lb beef
  • 1 onion small size
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Bouillon powder
  • Red chili flakes to taste
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tbsp flour for slurry
  • 2 tbsp water for slurry

The Buns

  • cups flour plus 1 to 2 tbsp for kneading
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • ½ tbsp yeast
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup Milk warm
  • 3 tbsp Sugar plus 1 Tsp for proofing the Yeast
  • ½ tsp Salt


The Filling

  • While the dough is resting, heat the oil in a pan, add the diced onion, and cook till soft—about 5 minutes.
  • Add the beef and break it up.
  • Add the thyme, red chili flakes, grated carrots, green onions. Bouillon powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Cook till there’s little to no more water in the meat
  • Add the slurry and leave to simmer for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool.

The buns

  • Dissolve the Yeast and Sugar in the warm milk and leave to proof.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar, make a well at the center and add the proofed yeast, egg, and butter and mix together until a soft dough is formed.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until it’s smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes by hand.
  • Place the dough inside a very large oiled bowl (making sure you smear some oil on the surface of the dough) and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or till doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough to remove the trapped air and place the dough on a lightly floured work surface.
  • Divide the dough into 6 equal parts and mold each of them into a ball.
  • Take the dough one at a time and roll them out into a circular disc. Scoop the filling inside the center of the dough and gather the dough at the top. Then, pinch the top a couple of times to securely close the dough.
  • Place seam side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Brush with egg wash and bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.


Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3655IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg

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Recipe Rating


Sunday 1st of October 2023

Could these be turned into hamburger buns? Thank you so much for the recipe. It’s such a hit every time with my family!

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 22nd of October 2023

Of course, Sarah. You are welcome 😃


Sunday 17th of September 2023

Great recipe! The dough was soooo soft! And the filling was perfect (mine was vegan meat). The whole family loved the first batch, making a double today for lunches. For anyone wondering, I flattened my discs to about 1cm thick or 15cm diameter and it was perfect.

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 15th of October 2023

Great feedback. Thank you, Michelle.


Wednesday 16th of August 2023

Hi Can you all purpose fluor or bread fluor ?

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 22nd of October 2023

All purpose flour works well.


Saturday 1st of April 2023

Can you use a Bosch to mix the ingredients or is it better to kneed it by hand


Saturday 31st of December 2022

This is the most delicious bread dough I have EVER eaten, let alone made! I was pleasantly surprised with how soft, fluffy and moist the buns came out. I chose to use a milk wash rather than egg, and the buns browned beautifully. The dough was strong enough to hold the filling, and the bake time was perfect. Fantastic recipe, well worth the time investment!

Lola Osinkolu

Monday 2nd of January 2023

Massive smile on my face reading this. I’m so glad it worked out for you Brittany. Thank you so much for letting me know!!!