Burger Chef

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madcat
Junior Burger
2004/07/29 11:18:53
Does anyone remember burger chef, i used to go to one in Northville MI, when i was a kid in 1976 they just semmed to fade away to hardees.
emsmom
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/07/29 11:24:37
I remember Burger Chef back in the 60's and maybe early 70's. But I haven't seem one in years. The Hardee's in our area keep closing down also. I think when they quit making real charcoaled burgers, this hurt their business.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Burger Chef 2004/07/29 11:33:51
The "BIG CHEF" was a pretty good challenge to the Big Mac and Whopper for awhile. I think there are some other references to Burger Chef on the 'Long Gone Chains' thread
fcbaldwin
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/07/29 11:46:38
I always preferred Burger Chef over the others of its day because of the "flame broiled" burgers. A short history can be found at this link:
http://members.aol.com/jsf605213/index.html

Frank
RockyB
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/07/29 13:21:36
I was working in Danville, Illinois back in '77 and they had a Burger Chef. I found that I liked Chef more than McD's or BK. Although Danville also had Steak-N-Shakes, which in my opinion tops everybody!
rmcielwain
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/07/29 15:00:03

Burger Chef was bought out by Hardees, much in the same way Roy
Rogers was, but some of the old locations are still standing, despite
being converted to other uses, like seafood markets.
plb
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/07/29 16:05:50
Was Burger Chef the chain that was originally called Mr. Fifteen, but had to change its name due to inflation? It was Burger Chef, or Burger Man, or something like that.

Phil B.
fdm813
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/07/29 16:12:05
I worked and managed a Burger Chef for 6 years, 4 during high school then 2 after the Navy. It was during the mid 60s and early 70s. One interesting fact, the "special sauce" on the Big Chef was the tarter sauce we used on the fish sandwich. To compete with the Whopper we had the "Super Chef". When I first started, the menu was very small, burgers(both single and double), cheeseburgers (same), frys, fish sandwich, soft drinks, shakes, and the best fried apple turnovers you ever ate. You could feed a family of 4 for under 3 bucks. "Those were the days my friend"
garykg6
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/07/29 16:33:21
BURGER CHEF has a secure place in my memory bank as well, The Mayorsays that the 'bigchef' was a challange to the Big Mac,etc...well,it was also a challange to hold the damned thing in your car,let alone get it in your mouth.....I don't remember it being half-bad though, then,of course, memory can be somewhat selective
jvsmom
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/07/29 17:28:33
I vividly remember them as well. They had the big chef, the super chef, etc. Their mascots were Burger Chef and Jeff, the cartoon chef and his little-kid sidekick. As I recall, they came out with a "fun meal" slightly before McDonald's introduced their happy meal. I also recall that they started up a "works bar," where you could put your own toppings on your burger - you could order yours "with" or "without" depending on whether you wanted to put your own toppings on or have them do it.
Tristan Indiana
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/08/03 09:59:06
A couple years ago, some of the Hardees in central Indiana brought back the Big Chef burger as a promotion. I remember that Hardees was really doing badly at the time and I think they were trying use the nostalgic memories of Burger Chef to help turn them around.
Wallyum
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/08/04 01:41:13
quote:
Originally posted by Tristan Indiana

A couple years ago, some of the Hardees in central Indiana brought back the Big Chef burger as a promotion. I remember that Hardees was really doing badly at the time and I think they were trying use the nostalgic memories of Burger Chef to help turn them around.

I think they tried something similar around here a few years ago. They introduced a roast beef sandwich that was alleged to be Roy Roger's Roast Beef. Either my memory had failed or my tastes had changed because it didn't taste the same to me. From what I've read, Hardee's now has a winner on their hands with the Angus Burger. Figures. All of the Hardee's in our neck of the woods closed down over a year ago, so if I decide to try one, it will have to be considered "roadfood".
Art Deco
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/08/04 09:46:31
"It's Burger Chef & Jeff!!"
rmcielwain
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/08/04 09:50:21

Love those Hardee's Angus Burgers: always have to get the
#2 combo - 1/3 lb. w. everything on it; fries; and large drink.
Something rare in FF restaurants (not counting drive-ins):
they bring the order to your table; the only thing I have to do
with the burger before I dig in is to put the patty on the bottom
half of the bun because they put it on top of the lettuce, onion,
tomatoes, etc.
jellybear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/08/04 10:00:56
Leave it to Hardees to take a good product and srew it up.Remember the Hardee Huskie?It was cooked over flames and had a sauce simular to the Big Mac and I belive it was like 50 cents back then.I have now given up on Hardee burgers all together now.Its always inconsistant.
tkitna
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/08/05 00:14:02
Speaking of Hardees, they used to also have 'The Boss' burgers which were big singles with the Big Mac like sauce. I used to eat these at work when they were two for 2 dollars about 7 years ago. They werent bad and they were cheap at the time.
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Burger Chef 2004/08/05 00:20:27
quote:
Originally posted by madcat

Does anyone remember burger chef, i used to go to one in Northville MI, when i was a kid in 1976 they just semmed to fade away to hardees.


Wow, Flashback from youth... I remember we had one on Fuller Street at Michigan St. years and years ago as a youth... (Grand Rapids, MI area). Big Chef was what my dad used to buy me all the time... Used to be right across the street from his office... Both long gone now.
GordonW
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/08/05 00:48:09
Took my first date to Burger Chef after the movie. Ah, well. . . . Buger Chef didn't work out either.
pohay
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/09/04 12:48:41
We had a Burger Chef in Pittsfield., MA. years back. It was my favorite because you could add you own toppings from bar.
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/09/19 19:29:02
There was a Burger Chef opposite my alma mater, Northeast High School, on Cottman Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. It was actually gone and had become a Burger King, I believe, by the time I entered high school, which was 1969. That's kinda scary to think that it's been gone that long. I'm actually not sure now if it had become a Burger King by then. It's scarier to think that I don't remember what anything tasted like from Burger Chef. And the scariest thing of all is that I remember most of the theme song. "For 15 cents, a nickel and a dime. At Burger Chef, you eat better every time. And a nickel and a dime will get..french fried potatoes, big thick shake (I think it said that) and the (something something) 15 cent hamburger yet."
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Burger Chef 2004/09/19 19:44:37
I remember Burger Chef, but I also remember Burger Boy Foods -- BBF. The first BBF I saw was in Charleston, West Virginia in 1965. The last one I saw was in Gahanna, Ohio in the 1970s. It was a Borden-owned chain.
rmcielwain
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/09/19 19:51:05

Speaking of Borden-owned chains, anyone remember the "Borden
Burger" chain which existed in the early 70's? I remember seeing
one outlet back in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1972. [|)]
jeepguy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/09/19 20:25:30
Really don't remember Burger Chef, but i can say Hardee's is truly disgusting in my book. If you only knew....
RE: Burger Chef 2004/09/19 21:21:33
I remeber Burger chef and jeff from when I was a kid in the early 70's in Hillsdale MI.
Jack_Hoo
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/09/22 17:35:01
The Big Shef (yes, spelled with an "S") was not bad. I used to LOVE the little regular burgers. They would serve them in plastic baggies instead of waxed paper like Burger King and McDonald's. And the fixin's bar was AWESOME..add what you want...(I loved their pickles, would fill up the baggie the burger was in and take them home...on my bicycle)
senorasimcox
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/11/08 23:00:53
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

I remember Burger Chef, but I also remember Burger Boy Foods -- BBF. The first BBF I saw was in Charleston, West Virginia in 1965. The last one I saw was in Gahanna, Ohio in the 1970s. It was a Borden-owned chain.
CarolinaBill
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/11/09 11:20:10
I remember Burger Chef quite well...preferred the Big Shef to Big Mac. Shef used thinner sauce that was almost like tartar sauce, much tangier than the Big Mac's "patented" 1000 island dressing. Think I remember them being first to do "works bar" too which was great for those of us who love tons of pickles on burgers.

Saw that someone mentioned BBF chain - I vaguely remember them in Pittsburgh but they didn't last long. Don't remember that much about the food. Any Western PA people out there remember Winky's? (Home of the "Big Wink")
Mark in Ohio
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/11/09 11:55:57
quote:
Originally posted by rmcielwain


Speaking of Borden-owned chains, anyone remember the "Borden
Burger" chain which existed in the early 70's? I remember seeing
one outlet back in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1972. [|)]


Am I remembering correctly that their restaurants were topped with a "Whirling Satellite" and called "BBF's" for Borden Boy Foodarama, or was it Burger Boy Foodarama? My memories are muddled in that haze of 1960's/70's fifteen cent burgers....
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Burger Chef 2004/11/23 01:21:47
We had a Burger Chef right on my way to/from Jr high back in the early 70's. They had a great 15cent burger. At least great for a fat 14 yr old that would eat anything. Winchell's donuts was right next door. Many times I would stop there on the way to school and buy a dozen and eat all 12 myself. No wonder I weigh what I do...

MikeS.
AndreaB
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/06 14:25:59
We used to have a Burger Chef here in Lex, KY. I remember the childrens' meals --- they came in some pop up thing. What used to be Burger Chef there is now Dairy Queen.
Regarding Hardees, YUCK! In my teenaged years I loved the mushroom and swiss but the last time I had one I took one bite and discarded it.

Andrea
CENTRALVA
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/06 15:45:12
I REMEMBER WINKY'S! I FREQUENTED THE ONE LOCATED IN BETHEL PARK, PA. AS A TEENAGER I WORKED AT THE BETHEL PARK BAKERY AND ATE AT WINKY'S EVERY DAY. THE BIG WINKS WAS THE BEST ANYONE REMEMBER FREDDY'S PIZZA LOCATED ON RT 88?
Andoo
Hamburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/06 16:15:41
We had a Burger Chef on Hywy. 100 in West Allis WI. If I remember right, they were the home of the "Concrete Malt". Thay were real malts too, not shakes. You couldn't drink them through a straw but they were great.
BJames
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/06 17:21:48
My favorite part of Burger Chef was the "works bar". It allowed you to make a burger to your liking with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, etc. I would buy a cheap burger and fill up with all of the toppings. To those who have not been to Hardee's in the last couple of years I would suggest you give them another try. They have dramaticly improved the quality of their food.
Tristan Indiana
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/08 12:07:59
As much as I use to like Buger Chef ( my very first fast food meal! ), unfortunately when I think of Burger Chef, the first thing I think of is the Burger Chef murders. I occasionaly pass by the restaurant when I'm near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, its a repair shop now I believe.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/08 12:15:06
quote:
Originally posted by Mark in Ohio

quote:
Originally posted by rmcielwain


Speaking of Borden-owned chains, anyone remember the "Borden
Burger" chain which existed in the early 70's? I remember seeing
one outlet back in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1972. [|)]


Am I remembering correctly that their restaurants were topped with a "Whirling Satellite" and called "BBF's" for Borden Boy Foodarama, or was it Burger Boy Foodarama? My memories are muddled in that haze of 1960's/70's fifteen cent burgers....

Nope, you are not remembering correctly. BBF and Burger Chef were different animals.
Rapunzll
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/08 12:37:30
I think BF was bought out by Burger King. The very first happy meal I ever saw was at a BF on Plymouth Rd when I was in HS, that was a long time ago. I graduated from Livonia Franklin in 1972!
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/08 12:48:53
What Burger Chef murders, TI?
LegalLady
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/08 16:34:54
I remember the Burger Chef in Terr Haute, Indiana, back in the day when even McD's was good.

Old Legal Lady
Mark in Ohio
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/08 19:15:16

Burger Chef's "Works Bar" was the buffet of the working poor in our little town. You bought your basic burger, trotted it over to the WB and transformed it into a Dagwoodian monstrosity.

Rest in peace, Burger Chef and Jeff.........
Wallyum
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/08 23:26:24
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

What Burger Chef murders, TI?


I ran across something that mentioned this after doing a Google search for Burger Chef. I think it was on a site called "Forgotten Indiana" or something of the such.
Wallyum
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2004/12/08 23:29:23
Let's see if this works:
"On November 17th, 1978, Jayne Friedt, the 20-year-old assistant manager of the Burger Chef at 5725 Crawfordsville Road in Indianapolis was abducted along with three teen-age co-workers, Ruth Shelton, 17, Danny Davis, 17, and Mark Flemmonds, 16. Their bodies were found two days later in a hilly, wooded area off Johnson County road 700 North, near Center Grove High School. Friedt was stabbed to death, Shelton and Davis were shot in the back of the head, and Flemmonds was beaten and died because of choking on his own blood. The crime occured as the store was closing, and when the police were called early on Saturday morning, they assumed it was a burglary and told the employees they could clean up the store and reopen. By the time the bodies were discovered, valuable forensic evidence had been destroyed. Despite a shaky confession by Donald Ray Forrester in 1996 , who was also serving a 95-year sentence for rape, the crime has never been offically solved. The store remained open, eventually becoming a Carquest Auto Parts store and then an appliance store after Hardees elected to build a new store closer to the interstate. The field where the bodies were found is now the Timber Heights subdivision."
From http://www.lostindiana.net/html/burger_chef.html
Lost, Forgotten, I was close.
fcbaldwin
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/01/09 08:16:37

Check the prices at this Burger Chef from the 1960's. You just don't get good counter help anymore these days either....


RowdyTheologian
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/02/07 23:53:22
I have a photoblog of my Burger Chef memorabilia at[url='http://burgerchefreliquary.blogspot.com']The Burger Chef Reliquary[/url]. Feel free to visit...
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Burger Chef 2005/02/08 00:15:15
quote:
Originally posted by RowdyTheologian

I have a photoblog of my Burger Chef memorabilia at[url='http://burgerchefreliquary.blogspot.com']The Burger Chef Reliquary[/url]. Feel free to visit...


Hey Rowdy... Welcome to the forums! NICE SITE THERE! Thanks for sharing! Lets hear some of your stories!

On_the_Dixieline
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/03/25 17:03:21
I remember the two Burger Chefs in Hagerstown MD were I grew up. The burgers were good, & I think only 15c. back in the 60's.
The locations were sold out to local concerns by the mid 70's, one of the buildings is now a pizza joint, & the other was razed just last year for an auto part store. The pizza joint still uses part of the original sign structure.

One I'd like to find a little more on was Tastee Freez.
wesleyman
Hamburger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/03/29 21:41:57
I remember the Burger Chef. They ran a star wars promotion when the first Star Wars came out if i remember correctly. Good burgers.
banjoplayer21
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/05/23 23:44:24
I can tell you aboput a burger chef( and jeff), that we had in the seventy's in livonia michigan. i went there for lunch from junior high, we liked it cause you could load them burgers up with all sort's of fixin's at the condiment bar.. good price and load um up.. oh yah, it's still standing, it became a hardee's, then a sub shop, then another independant, then finally a wendy's..
shmuelio
Hamburger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/05/26 10:44:43
To madcat, I remember Burger Chef from OKC in the 60's. They were pretty decent. They only had drive through. I dont know what happened, they just seemed to disappear??
shmuelio
Hamburger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/05/26 10:48:04
Years ago, I went to an A and W place. You had the car hops and you ate in your car. Root Beer was fantastic and the "teen burger" was pretty good!! What is up with them. Havent seen for a while!!
RowdyTheologian
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/06/08 16:48:06
Wow! There's been quite a spike in prices for Burger Chef/Star Wars memorabilia since Revenge of the Sith came out. I noticed one seller who just a couple of month ago was selling the complete set of Burger Chef Funmeals for $99 is now asking $155. And the Star Wars posters that were given away by Burger Chef are selling for $10 each, when normally they fetch about $18 for the complete set of four. It's a seller's market for those of you out there looking for a quick buck...Rowdy

P.S. For those of you visiting [url]www.burgerchefreliquary.blogspot.com[/url] be sure to check out the archives, there's much more to be seen there that doesn't appear on the homepage.
angel92
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/06/10 11:43:30
This thread brought back some nice childhood memories. Burger Chef was the 1st fast food joint that ever came to my hometown.
ctfrasier
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/06/16 21:45:28
There was a Burger Chef in Cookeville, TN until about 7 years ago. It was not particularly good but I ate there occasionally in college. We lived in Indy when I was really small and I loved Burger Chef! I remember their ads had the Burger Chef and his sidekick Jeff. I called the place Burger Chef and Jeff.
xbam
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/07/02 08:09:24
quote:
Originally posted by RowdyTheologian

I have a photoblog of my Burger Chef memorabilia at[url='http://burgerchefreliquary.blogspot.com']The Burger Chef Reliquary[/url]. Feel free to visit...


<P> Here are some pictures from Schroeder's in Danville, Illinois. Not sure if you have seen these before. <P> http://www.geocities.com/sandyshamburgers1/bc/bc.html
RowdyTheologian
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/07/03 03:47:50
Wow, Xbam, thanks for the tip! I've added the link to my site.

Also, I've moved the Burger Chef Reliquary to http://www.TheBawdyCloister.com/reliquary . The new site is better categorized and much easier to navigate.
Mark in Ohio
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/07/03 10:55:09
quote:
Originally posted by Wallyum

Let's see if this works:
"On November 17th, 1978, Jayne Friedt, the 20-year-old assistant manager of the Burger Chef at 5725 Crawfordsville Road in Indianapolis was abducted along with three teen-age co-workers, Ruth Shelton, 17, Danny Davis, 17, and Mark Flemmonds, 16. Their bodies were found two days later in a hilly, wooded area off Johnson County road 700 North, near Center Grove High School. Friedt was stabbed to death, Shelton and Davis were shot in the back of the head, and Flemmonds was beaten and died because of choking on his own blood. The crime occured as the store was closing, and when the police were called early on Saturday morning, they assumed it was a burglary and told the employees they could clean up the store and reopen. By the time the bodies were discovered, valuable forensic evidence had been destroyed. Despite a shaky confession by Donald Ray Forrester in 1996 , who was also serving a 95-year sentence for rape, the crime has never been offically solved. The store remained open, eventually becoming a Carquest Auto Parts store and then an appliance store after Hardees elected to build a new store closer to the interstate. The field where the bodies were found is now the Timber Heights subdivision."
From http://www.lostindiana.net/html/burger_chef.html
Lost, Forgotten, I was close.

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Wow, Wallyum, I can't top that story, but I'll share a similar one about the sniper at Chillicothe's BBF in the early '70s:

Chillicothe had two Burger Boy Foodaramas (BBF's - remember the whirling sattelite "sign" ?) in the early 1970's and the one on Western Avenue was the scene of sniper activity one morning. As customers were parked at the drive through window, they became targets as an apparently disgruntled young black male opened fire with a rifle from the brush of the large hill across the avenue. An ex-girlfriend's older sister (who I never liked anyway) was one of the first victims, I believe she caught a slug in the arm. After another customer was shot, the newly-formed SWAT team combed the wooded hillside and eventually found the shooter with a self-inflicted bullet wound to the head under a house where he had crawled. Police identified him, searched his car, and found a Jimi Hendrix Experience eight track tape in his car and quickly pronounced the shooting as being drug-, not race-, motivated and averted civil unrest in an already tense community.

After that, business was off at the BBF, which acquired a number of nicknames, Bullet Burger being the favorite.
SouthHillbilly
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/07/03 11:09:04
Here in Chas, WV in the early 70s, there were only a Burger Chef, a couple BBFs and a Long John Silvers on the "fast food" menu. Burger Chef stayed open the longest at night and was almost across the street from my favorite bar. I ate a lot of those burgers and sometimes never got a chance to digest them.
Just another memery that makes me glad I don't drink anymore.
RowdyTheologian
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/07/03 14:55:27
quote:
Originally posted by wesleyman

I remember the Burger Chef. They ran a star wars promotion when the first Star Wars came out if i remember correctly. Good burgers.


I just found the 1977 Burger Chef commercial advertising free Star Wars posters, it features characters from the movie visiting a Burger Chef. I added the file to my site,[url='http://www.thebawdycloister.com/reliquary/2005/07/star_wars_poste.html']you can watch it here[/url].
Joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/07/27 15:04:25
there was a Burger Chef in Hazlet NJ--building still is there, but now it's called Burger Haven--sign still looks like the BC sign tho.


Anyone else remember Wetson's? They were a big chain here in NJ in the 60's, 70's.
elwinrandall
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/10/15 06:03:07
quote:
Originally posted by madcat

Does anyone remember burger chef, i used to go to one in Northville MI, when i was a kid in 1976 they just semmed to fade away to hardees.
elwinrandall
Junior Burger
RE: Burger Chef 2005/10/15 06:05:18
quote:
Originally posted by madcat

Does anyone remember burger chef, i used to go to one in Northville MI, when i was a kid in 1976 they just semmed to fade away to hardees.
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