What Happened to Burger Chef?
Burger Chef
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Does the name “Burger Chef” ring a bell? If it does, you were a part of the
fast-food explosion of mid-century America.
The history of this great chain is long and storied. The term “Burger Chef” was coined in the early 1900s. It specialized in burgers. These restaurants usually had a wide variety of burger options and sandwich options.

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The fast-food chain began in the early 20th century when a man named Louis
Lassen, a Danish immigrant, came to the United States in 1896. He began
working in a delicatessen in New York City and eventually opened his own
restaurant called Louis’ Lunch. These restaurants first became popular in the
United States in the 1950s.

Burger Chef

The First Burger Chef

The first restaurant was opened in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1954.
The chain quickly expanded throughout the United States during the 1960s.
It was the second largest hamburger chain in the United States, second only to McDonald’s. The chain was known for its burgers, fries, and

Burger Chef

So why was Burger Chef so popular? One reason may have been its
advertising campaigns. In the 1960s and 1970s, It ran several iconic ad campaigns that featured catchy jingles and popular cartoon
characters like Burger Chef and Jeff. These ads helped to put this chain on
the map and make it one of the most popular fast-food restaurants of its time.

Patriotic T-shirts

Another reason for Burger Chef’s popularity was its focus on family dining.
Unlike other fast-food chains that mainly catered to solo customers, It had a number of promotions and activities that were designed for

A Unique Style

This unique style of customer service made Burger Chef a popular destination for parents looking to enjoy a meal out with their children. The chain was known for its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly service. It was also one of the first fast-food chains to offer a children’s menu and a drive-thru window.

Burger Chef at night

Despite its popularity, Burger Chef went out of business in the 1980s. The
fast-food chain ultimately failed due to poor management and bad luck. The
company over-expanded and ran into financial trouble, unable to recover.
Several factors contributed to the chain’s demise, including competition from other fast-food chains and changing consumer tastes.

Burger Chef

The most important factor, however, was probably the fact that Burger Chef
could not keep up with the larger chains in terms of marketing and advertising.
In the end, because they could not keep up with the competition, it faded into obscurity.
BC was eventually sold to Hardee’s in 1981. However, many of it’s restaurants remained in operation until the early 1990s. Eventually, the chain was bought by Carl’s Jr.

Video: Burger Chef Commercial from 1977

In conclusion, Burger Chef was once a popular fast-food chain located across
the United States. Today, there are no BC restaurants in operation.
However, at its peak in the late 1970s, it was the second largest hamburger chain in the United States, second only to McDonald’s. Also, at its
peak, Burger Chef had over 1,000 locations across the United States.

burger chef gif

Burger Chef’s Jingle:
For 15 cents
At Burger Chef
You eat better every time
Because at Burger Chef
A nickel and a dime
Will get french fried potatoes
Crisp and fresh

Or the greatest 15 cents hamburger yet

At Burger Chef
You eat better every time
Because a nickel a dime
Will get french fried potatoes
Or the greatest 15 cents hamburger yet
Yes it will, at Burger Chef.

Burger Chef and Jeff

Burger Chef and Jeff is a classic animated television series that aired from 1972 to 1985. It follows the adventures of two young boys, Burger Chef and Jeff, as they explore the world around them. The show was created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears and was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions.

The show follows the two boys as they travel around the world, encountering various creatures and people along the way. They often find themselves in humorous situations, such as when they accidentally get stuck in a giant cake or when they try to help a giant robot. The show also features a variety of other characters, such as the villainous Dr. Claw and his henchmen, the friendly Professor Fumble, and the mysterious Mr. X.

Burger Chef and Jeff also featured a variety of educational segments, such as science lessons and history lessons. These segments were designed to teach children about the world around them in an entertaining way.

The show was popular with both children and adults, and it was nominated for several awards during its run. It was also released on home video in the 1980s and has since been released on DVD.

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14 responses to “What Happened to Burger Chef?”

  1. Dennis Avatar

    Was Dave Edgerton a CEO at one time for Burger Chef?

    1. Eric James Hartman Avatar

      No, after serving as a manager at Howard Johnson’s, he founded Burger King

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  9. Dave Avatar

    Its where they had those murders…that didnt help the franchise ..

    1. Panty Avatar

      They didn’t have any kind of criminal activity at all from any of their locations.

    2. Eric James Hartman Avatar

      While it’s true that 4 Burger Chef employees were murdered during a robbery gone bad in 1978, there is no evidence to suggest that the crime contributed to the downfall of Burger Chef

  10. Brad Avatar

    They never caught the criminals, but it did not have anything to do with the company going out of business. The company actually grew and made money, the parent company (General Mills I believe) could no longer write them off as a money loss, so they sold them to Hardee’s! That filled a geographic area for Hardee’s. That happened in November of 1981


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