The History of Burger Chef



The "last" Burger Chef Logo
The “last” Burger Chef Logo

How did Burger King help start Burger Chef?  Why are they gone now?  Find out by listening to this episode of Fast Food History.

Burger Chef was a fast food chain that began operating in 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana, expanded throughout the United States, and at its peak in 1973 had 1,050 locations, including some in Canada. The chain featured several signature items, such as the Big Shef and Super Shef hamburgers.  It was sold to Hardee’s in 1982 and was totally gone by 1996.

Here are some websites dedicated to Burger Chef:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burger_Chef

https://jsfburgerchef.homestead.com/BurgerChefHistory.html

https://www.facebook.com/burgerchefandjeff/

http://www.roadarch.com/eateries/bchef.html

Some of (but I’m sure not all) of the logos used by Burger Chef over the years:

Burger Chef and Jeff on the wall in a Burger Chef in the 70's
Burger Chef and Jeff on the wall in a Burger Chef in the 70’s

 

 

Please let me know your Memories of Burger Chef.  Email mike@mikedell.com

 

iconic 15 Cents Sign logo for Burger Chef
iconic 15 Cents Sign logo for Burger Chef
The "General Foods" style logo for Burger Chef
The “General Foods” style logo for Burger Chef
Later version of the Sign Logo for Burger Chef
Later version of the Sign Logo for Burger Chef
The late 70's / early 80's logo for Burger Chef
The late 70’s / early 80’s logo for Burger Chef
Showing the building design and iconic sign
Showing the building design and iconic sign