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Bury’s burger memories far from buried – remembered

Betty Bury Harmon, here at the York Fair, looks at herself in front of her family’s hamburger stand in an old fair book. “They just developed it,” Harmon said about her father and his brothers. “They came up with the sauce, and it hit.” Each year, York Fair offers Bury’s burgers at a stand where Harmon’s recipe – still secret – is served as well as at a second unrelated stand. But versions of the secret Bury’s recipe are available in homes across York County and will be deployed on scores of grills today. Background posts: Lighthouse marks site of landmark Dover Township soft pretzel stand and Interstate lined out Melvin’s swan song and Just try to resist this memory-tugging photo of North York’s White Oak Park .

Hits on York Town Square posts for Bury’s Famous Hamburger recipes escalate this time of year.

People probably around the world are looking to see whether to try out their own Bury’s recipe this holiday or experiment with one of the many variations in the public domain – some documented on this blog.
Joe Bury operated a chain of hamburger stands touting a secret recipe for the red sauce that covered his delicious burgers, firmly sealed into the memories of local residents.
So, to avoid all that searching, here are some leads to recipes which purport to be Bury’s:

– Bury’s recipe as published in the York Sunday News, 2000, click here.
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.