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Throwback Thursday: Do You Remember Burger Chef?

Do you remember Burger Chef?

We bet you do!

Photo credit Kyle L. Brown
Photo credit Kyle L. Brown

Burger Chef was founded in 1954. The chain expanded throughout the United States and, at its peak in 1973, had 1,050 locations.

Many locations could be found throughout Connecticut.

The chain featured several signature items such as the Big Shef and Super Shef hamburgers.

Photo credit Kyle L. Brown
Photo credit Kyle L. Brown

In 1954, Frank and Donald Thomas patented the flame broiler, they opened their first “Burger Chef”.

Burger Chef spread across both the West Coast and the East Coast, eventually becoming second only to McDonald’s in terms of number of locations.

They offered a double-burger, called the Big Shef, and later the quarter-pound hamburger, Super Shef. Subsequently, they added the “Works Bar”, where customers could add their own toppings to hamburgers.

Photo credit Kyle L. Brown
Photo credit Kyle L. Brown

In 1982, the General Foods Corporation, then-owners of the Burger Chef trademark and name, divested itself of the restaurant chain, gradually selling to the owners of Hardee’s.

The final restaurant to carry the Burger Chef name closed in 1996.

Do you remember Burger Chef’s slogans?

Early 1980s – “Nowhere else but Burger Chef”

Late 1970s – “We really give you the works.”and “Open Wide America, you never can forget. You get more to like at Burger Chef”.

Mid 1970s – early 1980s – “You get more to like at Burger Chef.”

1970s – “There’s more to like at Burger Chef” and “Burger Chef goes all out to please your family”

Early 1970s – “We’ll always treat you right” and “INCREDIBURGIBLE!”

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1 comment on “Throwback Thursday: Do You Remember Burger Chef?

  1. I remember Burger Chef. I remember it closed in the early 1970’s. The quality wasn’t as good as Burger King or McDonalds, but it was very close to our house. It’s now a Frankie’s hotdog restaurant.