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Pandora Cheeseburger Steamed Pods

Make the Cheeseburger Steamed Pods from Pandora in Animal Kingdom at home.
Prep Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Servings 8 pods


Cheeseburger Pod

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water 105-110 degrees
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil

Cheeseburger Filling

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Mustard
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire


  • Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of yeast to 1 1/2 cups of warm water, about 105 - 110 degrees. Give the mixture a quick whisk and let sit 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes foamy.
  • Mix together 4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  • Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture and combine. Once the dough comes together transfer to a work surface and knead for 10 minutes, adding more flour or oil as needed.
  • Place dough in a large oiled bowl, cover, and allow it to rest for 2 hours in a warm place. It should double in volume.
  • Once dough has risen, punch down, cover, and allow to sit 30 additional minutes.

Cheeseburger Filling

  • While on the last rise, make the cheeseburger filling.
  • Brown one pound of beef and 1/2 of an onion, it should take about 10 minutes, then add in a teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Once cooked, add in 8 oz of shredded cheddar and allow to melt.
  • Take the mixture off the heat and add in 1/2 cup of chopped dill pickle, 1 1/2 tablespoons of mustard, 1 1/2 tablespoons of ketchup, 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire, and stir to combine.
  • Once your dough has risen divide in half and roll out into two logs, cut each log into about 7-8 pieces.
  • Flatten the dough and use a roller to form into a circle about 3-4 inches.
  • Add about a 1/4 off the cheeseburger mixture to the middle of the bun, and bring up the edges and seal.
  • Place your pods in a parchment lined steamer basket also sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure the steamer basket is not touching the water. Cook over boiling water for 10-12 minutes.