Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburgers and Bury’s Famous Hamburgers at the York Fair offer delicious fare


This is a Bury’s hamburger, specifically from Johnny Eagle’s booth at the York Fair. Notice the distinctive tomato sauce, whose ingredients are reportedly secret, although the recipe has been published in the York Sunday News and on this blog. And notice the onion topping it all off. (See photographs of the two stands selling Bury’s burgers below.) Also of interest: Bury burgers beat out Big Mac as first fast-food eatery in Downtown York.

OK, the fair’s last day is the last day you can get its best fare of the culinary kind – Bury’s burgers.

Two stands offer this famous red sauce-slathered hamburger – Bury’s Famous Hamburgers and Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburgers.

There’s competition as suggested by this comment on the Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburgers Facebook page: 

“Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburgers VS Johnnie Eagle & Bury’s Burgers… Two different recipe… Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburgers has the original recipe as we were told… Last Day at the fair. Find us on Grandstand Boulevard to grab a famous burger!”

Each fair, I sample a burger from each stand. Each year, I come to the same conclusion: It’s a dead heat. Both are wonderful.

I never tasted a Bury’s burger from one of Joe Bury’s long-closed chain of stands, so I’m at a disadvantage to know how they compare to the original.

But you’ll have trouble telling those offered at York Fair apart.

It’s still a test you won’t regret.

And you’ll have an option of getting the burger topped with an onion.

Go with the onion. Its crunch counterbalances the scrumptiously soft burger.

 

The stand for Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburgers is selling its delicious fare on Grandstand Boulevard, the aisle paralleling the grandstand. The stand sells burgers all year at various locations. Those sites are listed on the stand’s Facebook page.

 

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.

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

- To read stroll back memory lane, see posts in Nostalgia and Memories category.

Johnny Eagle’s booth, with Bury’s Famous Hamburgers, is located across from the fire station at the York Fair. Bury’s burgers have been available there for years.

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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3 Responses to Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburgers and Bury’s Famous Hamburgers at the York Fair offer delicious fare

  1. BH says:

    I’m 100% percent, we do not have trouble telling Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburger and Johnnie Eagle/Bury Burgers apart. The sole owner of Joe Bury’s secret recipe told me he uses fresh hamburger daily and weighed and padded by hand, and the meat in sauce is a bomb-melts our mouth. And he also said it’s the way they did back in old days… My grandmother ate it first time at Joe’s concession trailer, said she remembers the taste that it’s Joe’s/Gerald’s from restaurant. totally different burger/sauce than the other stand-Bury Burgers. My family and I are hungry for the original again and will try to follow them whereever their events are. I hope they open up a restaurant in the future, Good Luck to them! My grandma enjoyed looking at the old pictures inside Joe Bury’s concession trailer also.

  2. Kristy says:

    Joe Bury’s the best! The picture of the burger you took looks nothing like at Joe Bury’s. Come on now, both burgers do not tastes the same. When I had Bury’s Burger last year at the stand, I was like famous?! and this year, my friends wanted a burger at price of 2.00 at Joe Bury’s cuz it was closing time and the man wanted to sell out his burgers cuz he doesn’t do leftovers for next day. so he’s like why am I the only one not getting his best burger in town, I told him that I had one before and didn’t care for it but he persuaded me it was different family so I had one, if i didnt like it, I would get my money back. and i didnt get my money back cuz it was ssssoooooo good.

  3. Laurie says:

    @Kristy, He didn’t say it was different family. Just two different recipe and one of them is the original .

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