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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Famous burgers return to fair this year, joined by several newcomers


Vinnie Bury shows off a 1939 photograph of his family's stand at the York Fair. (Randy Flaum Photo)

AMANDA DOLASINSKI, The York Dispatch

09/07/2011

Eighty years ago, the Bury family shared its iconic hamburgers with York.
At least 10 Bury restaurants opened throughout the county, and people flocked to buy 10 hamburgers for just $1.
The Burys went through 1,285 pounds of meat at their debut at the York Fair in 1936, then 12,200 pounds four years later in 1940.
Part of the Burys' success at the fair hinged on a secret recipe for a sauce the
hamburgers were cooked in -- a recipe to which only three of the family members have ever had access.
That recipe was passed down from Gerald Bury to his son Joe. It wasn't until after Joe died that Vinnie Bury got the secret recipe.
"When he died, I inherited his secret recipe," Vinnie, 46, said.
"It was written down in his safety deposit box at the bank."
Vinnie spent summers fishing with his dad at the lake, begging for that recipe. When he finally got it, he wanted to carry on his family's legacy and open shops back up.
The return: This September will mark York's first chance to experience the hamburgers all over again. Those who lived in the area during the 1950s, '60s and '70s will remember them, Vinnie said.
Joe Bury's Famous Hamburgers will be at this year's York Fair. Just like the original, the hamburgers will have onion and ketchup. Now the burgers are thicker -- 3 ounces and on an Italian slider roll -- and probably a little more expensive than 10 for $1, Vinnie said, laughing.
Also in honor of his family's legacy, Vinnie swears to keep the recipe a secret. He'll only give it to his 22-year-old daughter Danika Bury when she decides to take over the business.
"My dad never gave out the recipe, I'm not giving out the recipe," Vinnie said.


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