Bury’s burgers slathered with that red sauce: It is its own thing

The printing on this photograph shows the consumption of Bury’s Famous Hamburgers at the York Fair circa 1940. Bury’s burger stands remain a staple of the York Fair. In fact, there’ s a new Bury’s stand this year. Also of interest: This is the season when Bury’s World Famous Hamburgers reigns as burger king.

So someone in the York Daily Record/Sunday News newsroom was explaining the tomato-sauce covered Bury’s burgers, that iconic proto-McDonald’s delicacy of York County origin.

The topic came up because a new York Fair stand is offering the famous burger, not far from a longstanding booth. Meanwhile, another Bury’s stand was a no show this year, denying fairgoers the choice of three locales to purchase this unusual offering.

One staff member asked if it was like a flat meatball, considering that red sauce and all.

A veteran in the Bury’s camp nixed that notion.

“It is its own thing,” the vet said.

York Daily Record/Sunday News columnist Mike Argento wrote about the fair’s two stands in his piece: The tangled tale of burgers in sauce.

You’ll have to read Mike’s column to get his review of the competing burger stands and their tomato slathered patties.

But Mike offered this piece of general counsel:

“The one thing I will say about both of them: No matter which one you get, make sure to get plenty of napkins. You’ll need them.”


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.

Also of interest:
– Back when Gino’s was the York-area place to go and Baltimore Colts was the team to root for

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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8 Responses to Bury’s burgers slathered with that red sauce: It is its own thing

  1. Jim: I remember those Bury’s burgers! When I was a kid, in the 1960s, Dad took me to a Bury’s that was on E Market Street (I think around the 600 block, were Danskin’s used to be). The old Holiday Theatre was on the North side of the street, with Bury’s on the South side. There were railroad tracks there, too (maybe a train station?) The Bury’s was in a long, rectangular building. My first taste of that burger was like a taste of heaven!! I always wanted to go to Bury’s whenever Mom or Dad asked me where I wanted to eat! A real treat! Are they still around? I heard they have a stand at the York Fair.

    • Laurie says:

      Thee original secret sauce from Joe Bury’s just came to surface in 2011. Vinnie Bury inherited the secret sauce and now wants to honor him by bringing the icon back. We have facebook homepage, like it then you will know when is our next location.

  2. OK, maybe I need new glasses…read the rest of your article….about them being at York Fair. Won’t do me any good.. I won’t be back to York until October. Guess I’ll have to download the recipe and treat my kids!

    • Laurie says:

      We will be located at Home Depot in York, Bridge Bust by Susquehanna River, and Harvest Day in New Oxford in October. Nobody has the original recipe but Vinnie Bury. His father gave to him after he passed away. I always wondering who really have the original recipe between Betty Bury Harmon/Johnnie Eagle or Vinnie Bury (Joe’s son) till I worked at the York Fair with Vinnie, everybody who knew Joe Bury said Vinnie’s burgers is Joe’s… “That’s Joe’s sauce” is what I hear all day. Some even said Vinnie’s is better, it’s the way he cooks the burgers in sauce.

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