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Beef Sticky Buns

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  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main, Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Well-seasoned ground beef, spinach, mushrooms, and cheese rolled up into a pizza dough, these savory sticky buns are served with a cream cheese frosting, making them extra yummy!


Units Scale
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (96% lean)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Canola oil or cooking spray
  • 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza dough

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 1/4 cup softened cream cheese
  • 12 tablespoons milk


  1. Combine ground beef, chopped fresh sage or rubbed sage, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and red pepper flakes in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the beef mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Transfer 2 cups beef mixture to a large bowl and set aside. Reserve the rest for another use.
  3. Add oil in the same skillet, place onion and mushrooms and cook over medium heat; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add spinach to skillet; stir to wilt spinach.
  4. Add vegetable mixture to the beef; set aside for a few minutes until the mixture cools down a little. Stir in cheese.
  5. Preheat oven to 425°F. Unroll pizza dough on a flat surface; pat or roll dough evenly to 14 x 10-inch rectangle, pinching together any tears, if necessary.
  6. Spread beef and vegetable mixture on dough, leaving 1/2 inch border on short side furthest from you. Starting at closest short end, roll up jelly-roll style, pinching to close. Slice dough into 8 pieces using serrated knife and careful sawing motion; place cut-side-up on greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove buns to a cooling rack.
  8. Combine cream cheese and milk in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Drizzle on top of the beef sticky buns and serve.


Recipe adapted from Beef Loving Texans.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 1166
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 1916mg
  • Fat: 13.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 182.4g
  • Fiber: 11.9g
  • Protein: 65.3g
  • Cholesterol: 106mg
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