A bierock is a baked yeast-dough bread pocket filled with beef, cabbage or sauerkraut, and onions. Occasionally known as a cabbage burger, as well as by the trademarked name Runza, it is found in the Midwest where Volga Germans settled. Volga Germans? They were Germans who fled their homes, settled in Russia, then escaped Russia when the communists took power and settled in U.S. farm country. Similar to the pasty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, bierocks are a portable meal that were a favorite lunch among farm workers. Today they are served at Church suppers and fund-raisers throughout Nebraska and Kansas, and in independent small-town cafes.

Restaurants With This Dish

Pastry pocket filled with beef and cabbage
Gering Bakery


Kraut Bieroc from Sehnert’s Bakery and Bieroc Cafe
Sehnert’s Bakery and Bieroc Cafe


The Chislic House


The Breadbasket - Bierocks
The Breadbasket



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