When I was a kid, a man named Joe Bury bought an abandoned Gas Station up on
the big highway, converted the repair bay area into a living space, and
“office” area into a burger joint. The inverted “U”- shaped counter only
had 16 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 and hot pepper rings, and ketchup for
………….that tiny place was never without patrons.
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 experience………here’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
Mix ground Italian sausage and ground beef together. Make into patties and
place into large baking pan. Mix tomato juice, tomatoes, paste, salt,
pepper, sweet basil and garlic together and pour over patties. Bake at 350
degrees for about 40 minutes or until patties are cooked through. Serve on
lightly toasted soft Kaiser rolls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pepper
rings, if you like.