This Bury’s burger sauce comes from a can

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This photograph ran in the York Sunday News right after New Year’s Day in 2000, and its caption noted that the last of the Bury’s 11 York-area restaurants closed in 1986. By that time, McDonald’s had sprinkled its restaurants around the community. Background post: New McStore going up in highly trafficked spot.

Dover Township’s Barbara Rudy, a longtime volunteer at the York County Heritage Trust library, has put forth a quick-and-delicious Bury’s hamburger recipe.
You can go through all the work suggested in the secret Bury’s recipe published in the York Sunday News in 2000. Or, according to Barbara, you can simply:


- Cook hamburgers and then drain off excess grease.
- Place the burgers in Heinz Sloppy Joe Sauce.
- Simmer in a crock pot for a couple of hours.
Other Bury’s recipes might be floating around out there – although they tend to be held close to the vest – but I bet this is the simplest.
Also
- Before there was McDonald’s, there was Bury’s Famous Hamburgers in York, Pa.
- Before Geno’s made news in Philly, Gino’s headlined in York.
- About Avalong Dairy and Melvin’s Drive-In: ‘I am some what familiar with the history of the area’.
- Mack’s is short for McDaniel’s, but in York County it means ice cream.
- The 1950s, ’60s: ‘The greatest time to grow up in York, Pa.’.

Bury’s recipes

- Bury’s recipe as published in the York Sunday News, 2000, click here.
- That York Sunday News recipe with additional ingredient reportedly from Joe Bury himself, click here.
- A quick alternative: This Bury’s burger sauce comes from a can, click here.
York Town Square posts on Bury’s Famous Hamburgers:
Yet another Bury’s hamburger drops into the cooker.
Bury’s burgers: ‘You won’t get that recipe’.
The quest for Bury’s secret hamburger recipe continues.
This Bury’s recipe comes from a can,
Reader reveals Bury’s secret recipe.
Is Bury’s secret sauce really secret?
Bury’s burgers: Nostalgia on a bun.
Fair, Bury’s go together like tomato sauce, burgers.
Bury’s burgers: ”That was it – no slaw, no relish, no pickles’.
Playland plays nostalgic note for York countians.
Bury’s burger memories far from buried.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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2 Responses to This Bury’s burger sauce comes from a can

  1. dakota bury says:

    listen my great grandfather dident make them and thats not even close to how there made

  2. Charles M. Bury says:

    If you have had a true Bury burger, this recipe won’t even come close. I mean really, sloppy joe sauce?

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