Recently, our daughter who is a flight attendant, brought us a kraut burger that one of her pilots had given her. “Kraut burger” just doesn’t sound very appetizing but I agreed to try it. That began a search for the deliciousness that I began craving!

It didn’t take long to find they are called Bierocks. Just about every recipe was the same. I wanted to make sure it was the authentic German version, so I sent my German friend a message and she confirmed it.

1 recipe homemade bread (or use a package of frozen bread dough, thawed and risen)
2 cups homemade sauerkraut (or store bought kraut)
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon allspice
salt & pepper, to taste

Brown the ground beef with the onion. Add the allspice, salt, and pepper and mix well. Drain the sauerkraut well and combine with the beef. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Roll out the bread dough into 1/4 inch thickness. Cut squares about 3 or 4 inches square. I tend to be more rustic in my cutting and they are never the same size. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture onto each square. Fold the 4 corners to the center and press to seal them tightly. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Let rise for about 30 minutes.

See? Mine are never the same size or shape!

Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter while they are hot.

Heaven on a plate!


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