Food of the Seventies, Burger Chef

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There is still a burger chef in danville illinois The owner refused to sell and change to Hardees ...There is all of the original food there. Hardees was trying to force him to close the last i heard .
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TGV - March 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I have find memories of Fun Burgers!
Melissa - July 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I miss Burger Chef, they were so much better than McDonalds!
Kathy - November 13, 2008 - Report this comment
remember the records that came with the kids'meals?
Jeff - December 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember in 1970, the burgers were 23 cents, and the fries were 19 cents! My mom loved their apple turnovers!
anatomyscholar - January 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I still remember the fun meal characters Burger Chef and Jeff
Velvet Cyberpunk - March 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved Burger Chef! Their burgers were flame broiled too but they were much better than Burger King. I remember my kindergarten class had our graduation there. I got to put my hamburger patty on the broiler! So cool!
Pete - June 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember the hamburger came in a plastic bag...was so good.
Greg - July 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Burger Chef's gimmick was the "Works Bar," which was basically a condiment bar with lettuce, tomatoes and other stuff. When I was about 9-years-old, I went with my dad to his work one night. He introduced me to some co-workers and then took me to Burger Chef. My father's been gone over 10 years and we didn't get along too well, but I'll remember that night as long as I live.
pete 2 - December 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Burger chef was great one of my best friends growing up had he birthday party there it was great and they gave us Pudding Pops as a treat!! Burger Chef and Jeff we're hungry for fun fun food!
Chomper01 - February 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Part of the song jingle for the Burger Chef commercial went: "Whatcha gonna get at Burger chef ; Whatcha gonna get today? Whatcha gonna get at Burger Chef ; whatcha gonna get today?" ; then they would show you what you can get for free, everytime you bought a kid's meal in a take-out box ( like a yoyo, or a ring, etc. ). we used to have my dad take us there in the early 70s.
Rob Lambert - March 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I recall Burger Chef. There was only one store in my area: in Kenosha, WI on Sheridan Rd. and 35th St. It opened in 1963 and closed in 1981. The building occupied a couple generic restauants, but stood vacant much of the time until it was torn down in 2003. BURGER CHEF's food was nothing special, priced comparably to McDonald's.
Kristen - March 28, 2012 - Report this comment
Burger Chef had the funnest kids' meals EVER! I'd get one today if Burger Chef was still around, and I'm 42 now! :-)
annie - November 16, 2012 - Report this comment
My brother and I played constantly with our 'Burger Chef Town' -- each happy meal came with a new building or car you could make out of folding cardboard, and somehow we had the town plan that folded out and was huge in my recollection. Each building had a spot where it went and you could collect them all. Possibly our very favorite toy! Burger Chef was the best!
clarissa - November 07, 2013 - Report this comment
i used to go eat at burger chef dressed like a girl with a wig makeup and everything one of the men8 working there let me ---- his---- and he gave me his special sauce!!!! im a sissy
Mr. Kinney - September 09, 2014 - Report this comment
Clarissa. I like you. You're great. Just know that.
JenJen - July 09, 2015 - Report this comment
My Dad used to manage a Burger Chef restaurant in Indy back in the 60's. I was around 9 yrs old and I would love to watch the burgers go through the flame when they cooked, and Dad let me put (real) potatoes in the tumbler (a device that tumbled & peeled REAL potatoes). Then on to the French fry slicer and fried in oil. They had FRESH French fries back then!
UpNorthGuy - March 23, 2016 - Report this comment
There was a Burger Chef in Marshfield, WI many years ago. I'm sure it was there before McDonalds and all the other bigger chains came in. I loved it for two things: first, they had truly charbroiled burgers, not the precooked and warmed in a microwave ones that some "charbroiled" places sell now; second, they had the works bar and I was able to load my hamburger with a mountain of dill pickles. Alas, it closed long ago, though the building has been repurposed for something else. Eating out anywhere, even at Burger Chef, was a major treat for us kids. If we ate anywhere at all, it was at a different, smaller chain called "Chips" - burgers, fries and shakes. I remember burgers were 19 cents. We each got a hamburger and the whole family split two orders of fries. Luckily, we got shakes instead of pop, as my mom thought the shakes were more filling and less likely to "run through us" as fast as pop would.
Rob Lambert - July 19, 2017 - Report this comment
In brief, the rise and fall of the Burger Chef chain. Based in Indianapolis, the first store opened in 1957. After nine years of expansion, General Foods bought the chain in 1968. Over 1,000 stores were operating in 1973. When Kraft pondered buying General Foods, it wanted no part of a fast-food chain among its new assets, so Burger Chef merged with Hardees in the early 1990s. Burger Chef dissolved completely in 1996. The Danville store operates independently. Found an early TV commercial from 1964, an animated one with the comic-strip Family Circus. The child-like Burger Chef is shown (like Speedy from McDonald's). The family orders Triple Treats, which were combos of a hamburger, regular fry and milkshake. the combo was 60 cents then. Today, it would be around $4.
Howard S Sample - August 12, 2017 - Report this comment
Still remember a often-played commercial (was living in Toledo back then) back from about 1974 where the tagline was "the Burger Chef fun meal...where you're hungry for fun, fun food". It, of course, featured Burger Chef and Jeff. However, I just read a few minutes ago (!) that Paul Winchell was the voice of Burger Chef ! Geez, I'd never known that!
Rob Lambert - August 13, 2017 - Report this comment
That's right, Howard. What threw some people off is that Winchell worked not to sound like Dick Dastardly, Fleegle or his other mainstream cartoon characters. He used a normal voice.
Rob Lambert - February 11, 2018 - Report this comment
In some of the later cartoon commercials, Burger Chef was voiced by Chuck McCann, a longtime veteran actor and cartoon voice artist. McCann used a pitch that resembled The Owl, a villain he voiced on the "Cool McCool" series, along with Number One, Hurricane Harry and Dick in the "Harry McCool" Keystone Cops filler cartoon. McCann started in the late 1950s doing kid comedy shows. Later, Saturday morning network shows like "Far Out Space Nuts" with Bob Denver. There was little difference between McCann's and Paul Winchell's versions.

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