Secret Ingredient: Grease From 1912

Dyer's Burgers on Beale Street in Memphis uses a special recipe in cooking their burgers using the same grease they used in 1912 with the grease being 100 years old in only three years.

Dyer’s Burgers in Memphis has found the secret to a good greasy burger by using 97 year old grease from 1912. The grease is locked up at night to prevent anyone from tampering with it.

Patrons are sometimes asked if they had their Vitamin G today with the G standing for grease.

The burgers and buns are soaked in grease to get the ultimate 1912 grease flavor into the 2009 burgers. The grease has been protected by armed police escorts when it was transported from one Dyer’s location to a new one.

A burger from Dyer's Burgers ready to eat after being soaked in 1912 grease.

One website says this place will have the nutritional police sirens wailing. I doubt that any nutritional information is posted in the restaurant unless required by law.

The following link will take you to the home page for Dyer’s Burgers and includes a video which I saw on the Travel Channel yesterday which gives more information about the 1912 grease.

There are also links to reviews of the burgers by Playboy and Esquire.

Anyone eating here more than once a month might be wise to visit their attorney and make their last will and testament.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

4 thoughts on “Secret Ingredient: Grease From 1912”

  1. Our music group had time to kill. so we tried every thing on Beale Street. even peeking into places where we sure didn’t want to be recognized. We were staying at the Peabody and got tired of just watching the ducks, so we explored. However speaking of food, the BBQ is something every one should try. It’s good. Next to the Memphis BBQ, a place in Hot Springs , Arkansas has really good BBq. But we had to line up outside and wait an hour and half to get in.
    But I had never seen so much grease on a sandwich as the place in Memphis. They actually dip the buns in hot grease too. The ones in our group that actually ate that suffered with indigestion all evening and the next day.

  2. The Peabody ducks can get old really fast. Don’t blame you at all for exploring Beale Street. The Travel Channel doesn’t tell about people that get sick from the greasy burgers like the ones from your group. They just talk to the ones that are crazy about the burgers and probably have cast iron stomachs.

    BBQ sounds better to me too than the greasy burgers. My son Steve hopes to be on Beale Street next week on his way to Knoxville.

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