Joe Bury's take on Hamburgers


Grill Master
Gold Site Supporter
Joe Bury's take on Hamburgers

When I was a kid, a man named Joe Bury bought an abandoned Gas Station up on the highway, converted the repair bay area into a living space, and the "office" area into a burger joint. The inverted "U"- shaped counter only had 14 stools, and the cooking area was right there along the back wall.
The man never had any hired help; He was in there from 11:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. seven days a week.
He offered just three things on his menu; His idea of a burger, deep-fried
potato nuggets (something like Tater Tots), and cold sodas. The only toppers offered were grated parmesan cheese, chopped onion, pickled hot pepper rings, and ketchup for the nuggets.
.............That tiny place was rarely without patrons. Truckers would get off the new Interstate and park on the shoulder for Joe's burgers.
(That interstate was probably the reason the station was abandoned......)

I ate about a thousand of those burgers before moving away........
As soon as I had my own kitchen and started serious cooking, I worked to duplicate the Joe Bury's the result.

2 lb. ground Italian sausage (mild)
2 lb. ground beef
1 lg. can tomato juice (46 oz.)
1 qt. tomatoes (crushed)
2 cans (6 oz. each) tomato paste
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. sweet basil
2 cloves minced garlic
Parmesan cheese

Mix ground Italian sausage and ground beef together. Make into patties and brown both sides in a cast-iron skillet.
Place the burgers into large baking pan.
In a large sauce-pot, Mix tomato juice, tomatoes, paste, salt,
pepper, sweet basil and garlic together. Pour over the burgers.
Bake at 300 degrees for about 40 minutes or until patties are cooked through.
Serve on lightly toasted soft Kaiser rolls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and add pepper
rings, if you like.

Serve with tater tots-or hash browns


Staff member
Gold Site Supporter
I missed this way back in 09 ... or I've totally forgot that I saw it. :bonk:
I plan to try this soon also. Thanks LT.
I'd never heard of Joe Bury.

Sass Muffin

Coffee Queen
Gold Site Supporter
I'm telling you, the sauce that goes on these is bomb!

I made 4 huge burgers, put them in the crock with the sauce. They're hanging out for a few hours.

Once done, I'll put them on big Kaiser's with fresh grated parm and some Tony Packo's peppers.

So far...


Sass Muffin

Coffee Queen
Gold Site Supporter
These are AWESOME!
They taste exactly like I thought they would.
In my haste to throw one on the bun, I forgot to toast it first!
No need for a side dish with these.
I made mine huge using 2lbs of sausage/ ground beef combined.
There was about 2 full cups of the lovely sauce left, so I reserved it in containers to freeze for a future pasta dish.

Thank you Lucky.
Thank you Mr. Bury, wherever you are.