Food of the Seventies, Bell Burger

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Taco Bell had a sloppy Joe kinda hamburger, but without the slop. It came on a regular hamburger bun, with their meat and seasoning and it actually tasted very good, but i guess not a big seller
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sandra - November 25, 2007 - Report this comment
Bell Burgers were so yummy..
Suzs - June 03, 2008 - Report this comment
Back in the 70's, Taco Bell had a wonderful tasting burger called, the Bell Burger. It was very similar to a sloppy joe, but the taste was so good! Why hasn't Taco Bell brought back the Bell Burger for a limited time? In this day and age, it would go over very well, especially for those of us who grew up eating it. This would be a great promotion for Taco Bell. I have had many people inquire about it and wondered why they never brought it back. Okay Taco Bell, bring back the Bell Burger!!!!!
Floored On Empty - November 05, 2008 - Report this comment
Loved that thing! Ate them constantly...I was huge! I am now a vegetarian...much skinnier.
Sara - March 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Loved Bell Burgers!!! Bell Burger + water = for 50 cents, you were FED!!!
Mike - March 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I actually remember the Bell Burger from the late sixties when I lived in Fairfield, CA. Good stuff.
Sadi - September 28, 2009 - Report this comment
It was actually called a Bell Beefer (I used to work there), and I really miss them. I tried making one at home, but I just couldn't duplicate that taste!
Jonesy - January 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Sadi, the Bell Beefer came after the Bell Burger and it was different. I guess the Bell Burger was before your time.......
terryshilo - March 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Now this is one I never understood them stopping. Heck, when I was late teens, Taco Bell, in the old buildings with the bell in the tower.. was the cheapest and reasonably decent tasting fast food. The Bell Burger was awesome!
Kevin - March 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Bell Burgers were the only way I could get my parents to go to Taco Bell. When the burger ended, so did our visits. Fortunately, about that time, I was able to drive myself. I liked the burger, it is missed.
Maryvale H.S. Phoenix 71-75 - May 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Bell Burger - 59th & Indian School Rd. Maryvale Phoenix, Arizona Yes I remember, the good old lunch of High School Days. These days when I mentioned eating them in the early 70's, peolpe think I'm crazy. It was the taco meat put on a bun. Have you seen the taco meat lately at Taco Bell and you really want them to throw that on a bun and sell it to you, now days the meat is more like a paste and not meat?
Kent - July 10, 2010 - Report this comment
The Bell Burger was outstanding and I have tried to have Taco Bell bring them back. At the same time the Bell Burger was available, everything on the Taco Bell menu was 25 cents and if you bought a taco, you received a free bean burrito.
Sarah - July 16, 2010 - Report this comment
The ever elusive Bell Burger. I have heard tales of these things. I guess dear old mom isn't off her rocker yet!
Matt-July 17, 2010 - July 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I really enjoyed this burger, I wish Taco Bell would bring it back, it was great.
Hope - July 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I can remember these in the very early 80's (80-81 maybe). I was only about 4 or 5, but I remember they were awesome. Most of my friends don't remember it and think that I'm making this up or confusing it with some other place. I really wish Taco Bell would bring it back, as well. I'd be there the 1st day!
Cookie - August 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember going to taco bell after high school ended and we all would get the bell burgers. The taste was awesome for what you were charged. I always remind people when we take about the good old days that this was a part of our history. Yum. Loved those burgers. Pls bring 'em back.
Thadeous mon - September 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm starting a movemnet to bring back the bell burger!!!! I'm on face book LOOK ME UP!!!! OR LOOK UP BRING BACK THE BELL BURGER!
Jill - September 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I was just telling my 25 year old son about the bell burger! I told him I was going to google it and see what came up. Topanga Canyon in Canoga Park, that is where I got mine everyday after school!!! Loved them!
Armond - September 29, 2010 - Report this comment
They really do need to bring back the bell burger. Sad that they discontinued it. That with the hot sauce in the plastic container with the peel off top.
joy - October 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I miss the bell burger. I wish Taco Bell would bring it back. I make them for my kids and tell them about my bell burgers at Taco Bell back when I was a teenager.
Sherry - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
They won't bring the burger back. Look at all the money they have spent on ads stating that Taco Bell thinks Outside the bun.lol
Greg - November 15, 2010 - Report this comment
My first bell burger 1965. Hunnington Beach Ca.Pacific Coast Hwy.Across from the Hunnington beach pier. Walk up window with concrete patio tables and benches out front. A sufers easy meal great! 29cents each. Real meat like sloppy joe's but better. Menced onions and a red sauce optional.Pintos and cheese a lot better than todays. Sorry to say long gone. Not cost effective.
executioner - November 16, 2010 - Report this comment
early to mid-sixties Taco Bell opened in Reseda...had the big lave rock pit out front and bell burgers...ate there regularly great food cheap...not so anymore...
MoshMan - November 21, 2010 - Report this comment
My first job was a taco bender at taco bell. On break or after work, all food was free so I took full advantage of this by means of the bell burger! They are awesome, and I've come close to duplicating them at home, but come on Taco Bell. Bring 'em on!
Charlotte - January 24, 2011 - Report this comment
It's so nice to see others who remember the Bell Burger! We used to get them at the Taco Bell in Alamogordo, NM. Loved them! I saw where someone has started a Facebook page "Bring Back the Bell Burger". It would be fun to see if we can get that really moving and maybe Taco Bell will take notice!
Beverly - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
My fondest memories of Taco Bell in the late 60's and 70's was the Bell Burger, loved 'em. I remember when the Taco Bell was new to the area everything was 25 cents. Imagine that! There is a place here in Texas called Fast Taco that has their version of a Bell Burger, they call it a Taco Burger and it's pretty darn good, too.
Sepe242 - March 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Yessss!!! No one believes me, that the Bell Burger even existed!!! I wish they'd bring them back...
Debbie - April 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked at Taco Bell in 1977-1978 we could eat for free, and we use to make the Bell Burger with green sause, cheese, sour cream, lettuce & tomatoes. They need to bring it back.
chris - April 25, 2011 - Report this comment
i remember walking up to the window at taco bell in the late 70's and getting these in lakeland, florida, my hometown. i make them now at home, still not the same, but good. i wish they'd bring it back.
Jim - May 19, 2011 - Report this comment
A few years ago I found a Taco Bell that would make a Bell Burger by request. It was not on the menu. When I finally got a chance to go back to that particular store the Bell Burger was no longer available even as a special order.
Kevin - July 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Bell Burgers Rock! And they still do! Buy a hard shell toca from Taco Bell, also get the MILD sauce from Taco Bell (the little packets will do just fine) Take a hamburger bun and place the sauce on the bun, microwave for about ten seconds and then add then place the contents of the hard shell taco onto the bun! Break up th taco shell for some nacho chips! There you go, the Bell Burger! I do this ALL the time!
Rusty - August 28, 2011 - Report this comment
Taco Bell "Bell Burger" from the 1960's copycat recipe. An earlier version of the Bell Beefer. http://www.recipesecrets.net/forums/recipe-exchange/42763-taco-bell-bell-burger-1960s.html
Thomas - September 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved the bell burger , no one around here remembers it. I wish they would bring it back. I would buy two and be full. I remember after a while they started charging xtra for tomatoes..
past - September 08, 2011 - Report this comment
i loved them as a kid, and we make them at home now. simple to do and the only way you're gonna get one!
Dave - December 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved the Bell Burger, that later was changed to the Bell Beefer. I ate them all the time. Taco Bell dropped them shortly before they changed their slogan to "Think outside the bun" I don't think Taco Bell tastes the same as it did back in the '70's, the Enchirito isn't made the same. it used to be made with a corn tortilla instead of a flour tortilla and had black olives on top. Change is not always good.
Jen - January 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I used to get the Enchrito with the green verde sauce insteand of the reg enchilada sause it was awesome...i would have to have one at least once a week...Camelback and 11th Ave..Phx AZ that was my Taco Bell!
Ken - February 25, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved the Bell Burger. Made some the other day. Go to Taco Bell. Order soft taco's with out the wrap put it in cup, take home, lay it on a hamburger bun... It's great. Don't forget the Hot Sauce
Chris - March 05, 2012 - Report this comment
I just moved to Kansas from Phoenix Az...and they have something here they call Nu-way burgers...they are a loose meat burger with mustard and pickel ...my sister were dicusing it and she told me that Del Taco has a burger similar to Taco Bells "Bell Burger" that no longer exsists ...I remember also that Taco Bell used to have a " Beef Burito"...I know they still have several buritos that have beef in them...but this was different...I was just meat/ cheese/onion... with your choice of red or green sauce and sour cream....YUM
tnavel - March 17, 2012 - Report this comment
i remember the bell burger at the taco bell on pier ave in hermosa beach ca. right next to the lighthouse jazz joint. they were so good
charliefm - March 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I was graced by living next to Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. We would go there on a Friday night and get 5 tacos and a coke and get change back from a one dollar bill. Years later I stopped at a franchise in Long Beach that was using the old order slips that listed all the items at $.19. I mentioned, the prices I recalled were $.15 per taco, red or green burrito, frijoles and tostada. The employee said I must have been to the original Taco Bell stand. What bliss. When the bell burger came out, (later called the bell beefer), it was the best thing ever marketed by T.B. BRING THEM BACK!!!!!
Shirley Hawthorne - April 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Absolutely loved the bell burger. Taco Bell bring it back please.
Jillian - April 23, 2012 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember that Taco Bell used to have the menu items phonetically spelled out so you could pronounce them correctly? Tah-co, Bur-ee-toh... Hilarious. We would intentionally sound them out when ordering. If anyone has a picture of one of those menus, please post it!
Cindy - May 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Was suprised to find this site funny I lived on the Bell Burger when I was a teenager often wonder why they wont bring it back!
Gregory - May 28, 2012 - Report this comment
My best friend is in the hospital recovering from major surgery (with complications). After a week of liquid diet he's craving a Bell Burger of all the crazy things. Guess I'll have try converting a couple of tacos into a Bell Burger. C'mon, Taco Bell, bring back the Bell Burger and make a couple of old geezers happy!
weepingwillow - July 06, 2012 - Report this comment
why are we leaving all these messages for taco bell reps and there hasn't been a reply..If they would listen to the customers more instead of hiring chefs to come up with a dish in a bowl that will have nothing in it like the taco,all of their food looks better in ads and on t.v. The bell burger required a lot of meat thats why they stopped selling it!!
JBob - August 12, 2012 - Report this comment
In the mid 60s, on the way home from HS, we'd stop at the TB just a 1/2 mile away from Lakewood HS, CA. Tacos were 19 cents (not 25 like someone above said) and the Bell Burgers were 25cents. I'd get 4 tacos and a coke for a buck and then go home and have dinner...not a problem when you're 17. :-)
trthmster - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
It was called the ”Bell Beefer”. It was not called the bell burger. The bell burger sounds lame. I should know, I was there. Bell Beefers were designed for kids who were afraid of tacos, and were crying because they werent at McDonalds. The McDonalds in my town had a train right down the middle of the restaurant. This was back when things were great. Now fast food is pitched primarily at blacks, and Taco Bell has gone wholeheartedly for the mexican demographic. Snack foods, like Cheetos® for instance have abandoned the white market entirely, only to aim with laser like precision for the black demographic. There latest commercial shows a white man being slapped in the face, while a black man says, ” i'm cool with that.” This is why I leave the garbage foods to the people they're designed for.
KENLOVESBELLBURGERS - August 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember riding my motorcycle down to the taco bell when i was 14! This was in 1970. I would save up my paper route money for weeks to buy these. Im glad im not the only one who remembers!!!
Donna - August 25, 2012 - Report this comment
KENLOVESBELLBURGERS: I too was there and yes they were called Bell Burgers, I also had two brothers who worked there.As far as the name being lame we did not care what it was called they were great! Bring them back TB, if you care what your consumers want!!!!!
Vicky V. - October 18, 2012 - Report this comment
Taco Bell had it going on in the 70's. BellBurgers were great; it meant we could take my weenie brother without him whining that there was nothing there for him to eat. Oh, and the Enchiritos back then! They made them with a soft CORN tortilla, and put a single black olive slice on top. Now, they stick it in a flour tortilla; and is an olive really too much to ask?!
Tom W - November 12, 2012 - Report this comment
Bell Burgers and Bell Beefers are two different items! In the late 60's, early 70's, the Bell Burger was 25 cents at Taco Bell! Meat, cheese, and bun! They tasted great! Everyone I knew who went there, bought them!
Mr. R - November 27, 2012 - Report this comment
The bell burger I think all you need is taco meat from taco bells meat and slap that goodness between some damn buns w/ lettuce and lil bit of tamatoes and vóila. Damn bell burger in yer face, Taco Bell should definitely bring back the B. burg and change there name to " Beaner Barn"
Rory O - January 03, 2013 - Report this comment
Please bring back the Bell Burger, I loved them!!!
Rusty - January 16, 2013 - Report this comment
The regular "Bell Beefer" had meat, sauce, onions and lettuce on a bun; the "Bell Beefer Supreme" also had tomatoes and cheese. The "Bell Burger" was just seasoned loose meat, sauce and shredded cheese on a steamed bun.
Donna - February 13, 2013 - Report this comment
The Bell Burger left the menu when they changed their marketing slogan to "THINK OUTSIDE THE BUN" to compete with the burger joints. Therefore NO BUNS in Taco Bell. (They recently changed it to "LIVE MAS") So maybe we push for a return of the Bell Burger and Bell Beefer ! !
JustJ - February 27, 2013 - Report this comment
I miss the 70's Bell Burger. Taco Johns has one, but not nearly as good tasting as the Taco Bell Bell Burger I remember. Taco Bell - for the love of humanity, bring it back!
tim - March 07, 2013 - Report this comment
every my wife and myself go to Taco Bell we always hope to see the Bell Burger on the menu. They need to bring it back.
fluffybuns - March 27, 2013 - Report this comment
I found this recipe for the Bell Burger. Haven't tried it yet but posting it in case anyone is interested. Link to recipe here (posted by Antilope): http://www.recipesecrets.net/forums/ask-cooking-questions/33446-taco-bell-burger-copycat-recipe.html Taco Bell "Bell Burger" & "Bell Beefer" from 1960's & 1980's From about the mid-1960's through the mid-1970's Taco Bell made a Sloppy Joe like sandwich called the "Bell Burger". It used the same flavored ground beef mixture as a crunchy taco, along with a sauce similar to Mild Border Sauce and shredded mild cheddar cheese. This was served on a hamburger bun that had been steamed slightly to soften and warm it. This is not the "Bell Beefer", which came a few years later from the mid-1970's through the mid -1990's. The regular "Bell Beefer" had seasoned loose meat, sauce, onions and lettuce on a bun; the "Bell Beefer Supreme" also had tomatoes and cheese. The "Bell Burger" was just seasoned loose meat, sauce and shredded cheese on a steamed bun. -To make a "Bell Burger" add loose meat, grated cheese and mild border sauce. -To make a "Bell Beefer" add loose meat, diced onions, shredded lettuce and mild border sauce. -To make a "Bell Beefer Supreme" add loose meat, diced onions, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese and mild border sauce. Beef Filling: 1 pound lean ground beef, uncooked 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp mild chili powder 1 tsp table salt 1/2 tsp dried minced onion flakes 1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp onion powder dash garlic powder 1/2 cup cold water 6 hamburger buns (steamed slightly to soften and warm them) 6 to 12 packets (or 1/3 to 2/3 cup) of Taco Bell Mild Border Sauce (recipe below) 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese Combine in a mixing bowl raw ground beef, flour, chili powder, salt, minced onion flakes, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly like you would mix a meatloaf. In a skillet on the stove top, add 1/2 cup of cold water and the seasoned ground meat mixture. Mix well. Cook over medium heat, mash and stir ground meat as it cooks, breaking it up. Cook until meat is no longer pink and slightly browned. The meat mixture should be loose, without any large pieces. Drain off any grease or liquid. Steam the burger buns slightly to warm and soften them. Build a "Bell Burger" like this: Spread a tablespoon of Mild Border Sauce on the bottom bun. Place several tablespoons of the meat mixture on the bottom bun like making a sloppy joe. Add 1 or 2 packets (or 2 Tbsp) of Taco Bell Mild Border Sauce evenly over the meat on bun. Sprinkle 1 or 2 Tbsp of shredded mild cheddar cheese over meat mixture on bun. Add the top bun. Repeat 5 more times. Serve warm. Makes 6 "Bell Burgers" -------- Taco Bell Mild Border Sauce 1/2 cup cold water 1 teaspoon cornstarch 3 oz tomato paste (half of a 6 oz can) 1 1/2 Tablespoons white vinegar 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper Dissolve cornstarch in cold water. Add to saucepan. Add rest of ingredients and stir well. Over medium heat bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook 5-minutes. Turn off heat, cover pan and allow sauce to cool. Store in the fridge. Makes about 1 cup.
Kim Runyon - May 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Well I think Taco Bell should once again, Think inside of the bun
David - July 03, 2013 - Report this comment
The tag line for the Bell Burger could be "Here's the beef"
Mary - August 23, 2013 - Report this comment
I always remember those delicious bell burgers, there was a Taco Bell in front of my high school and after school even for lunch we used to eat those bell burger they were my favorite!! Bring bell burger back pleaseeeeeee before we grow older
jenn - September 24, 2013 - Report this comment
Bell burgers were the bomb! My dad had a serious taco bell addictiona ndwould go to the bell and spend 20.00 on all kinds of stuff to bring home. Bell burgers were my favorite. My son thinks I made it up but thanks to google I have been redeemed.
shean - October 04, 2013 - Report this comment
Bell Beefer Not Bell Burger!!
Jackie - November 10, 2013 - Report this comment
1Lb ground beef, 1 package taco bell taco seasoning, 1/2 minced very small white onion, 2 cups thick shredded cheddar cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, 6-8 regular white hamburger buns, taco bell red sauce. Cook hamburger with onion until fully cooked, drain. Add taco bell seasoning with packages stated water amount plus 1tbl spn & cover...Shimmer over very low flame but keep stirring until beef is thick. Serve in a bun topped with a lot of cheese and lettuce...make sure to top off with taco bell red sauce. Enjoy!
David - November 17, 2013 - Report this comment
For those old enough to remember it was originally called the Bell Burger, then the name was changed to the Bell Beefer. One of my favorites from Taco Bell! After they discontinued my other favorite menu item the Enchirito I haven't been back to Taco bell since. Taco Bell food tastes nothing like what it did back in the 1970's. It's not very good anymore.
NoTaco UnlessItsPink - November 18, 2013 - Report this comment
They were Called bell burger, they were buns, meat cheese and sauce. Then they added the Bell Beefer, which added onions and lettuce, you had to ask for cheese, as they would charge a little more with cheese. The bell beefers were great, they stopped making them and when they did a promo run in the 90's , they tasted like crap. Now most the fast foods are targeting black audiences, and serving awful tasting crap they are trying to pass off as food! Foe Real Yo
julie - November 21, 2013 - Report this comment
BB...BRING IT BACK
Joe - December 22, 2013 - Report this comment
I miss that burger . Boy every thing tasted better back then every thing was fresh. Let's go back to the day when taco bell took your order and wrote it down on a chalk board knobs their heads . I could go on and on about the old taco bell.bring back the taco light!
93446 - January 04, 2014 - Report this comment
Enchiritos are back on the menu. I order them all the time. I would like a Bell Burger every now and again too. Bring them back S.O.B's
93436 - January 05, 2014 - Report this comment
Also, my favorite TB menu item. What I've done in the past is. 1, Order a ten pack of tacos. 2, Half without lettuce. 3, Purchase hamburger buns from grocery store. 4, Go home, remove shell from taco, you get the rest. I like to add mild taco sauce to the bun prior to the taco insides...
Ron Jean - February 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Ok I have no doubt people will call me a liar but I invented the bellburger in Davis Calif. in about 1967 the town got it's Taco bell and everyone was trying it out, I loved the flavor of the seasoned meat but being a typical fussy kid I did not like the crispy corn tortilla shell so I suggested to the owner of the new franchise that he try putting the meat on a hamburger bun he said he would try it out! Sure as heck a few days later I went by and he had already added them to his menu he spotted me right off and congratulated and thanked me for the Idea and said they were already selling fairly well, he then gave me 2 for free! For several months that was the only Taco Bell that had them but eventually the chain jumped on the idea and ran with it at all the stores!
tom - March 06, 2014 - Report this comment
rrr44tgh
lisa - April 18, 2014 - Report this comment
BRING BACK THE BELL BURGER!!!!
Linda Clausnitzer - April 25, 2014 - Report this comment
I agree--the Bell Burger was the BEST. Don't know why they discontinued it. Nothing is the same at Taco Bell anymore. The meat is like mush,etc. I make my own at home--not the same but close. I think hey lost a lot of customers because of it. I can almost taste one right now!
Roderick - May 09, 2014 - Report this comment
Hermosa Beach 1970s I always ate bell burgers at the taco bell right on the strand. Bell burgers were the BEST!! You can get a similar burger In Los Angeles area at: HENRY'S TACOS 4389 Tujunga Ave Studio City, CA 91604
Julie - August 06, 2014 - Report this comment
The enchirito from the 70's was wonderful!! It had the layer of refried beans, ground beef, with grated cheese, tiny-tiny bits of grated onion, chopped black olives and salsa verde!! Wish they'd do it like that now.
Jenny Sanchez - August 11, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember the Bell Beefer. They were so good. I now make them at home with their seasoning mix and when it is assembled I put packets of the mild sauce on them and the taste takes me back to my childhood. Wish they would bring them back.
karen031207 - August 19, 2014 - Report this comment
#tacobellbringbackthebellburger We want the bell burger back
Frank - August 28, 2014 - Report this comment
FYI, Bell Burger was the original name that started in the late '60's. In the mid-'70's, name was changed to Bell Beefer (same product).

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