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Life List #77: Eat a burger cooked in 100 year old grease at Dyer’s Burgers in Memphis.

I’m pretty sure I first heard about Dyer’s Burgers while reading Hamburger America (a roadtripper’s bible of road food stops) some years ago.

The restaurant on Memphis’s Beale Street is known for it’s deep fried hamburgers. But the patties aren’t just cooked in any old grease: they’re cooked in really old grease. Each burger is fried up in the same grease they’ve been using for 100 years, since the restaurant first opened in 1912.

And, well, who wouldn’t want to eat a hamburger cooked in 100 year old grease?

I went to Dyer’s for lunch on my first day in Memphis and ordered a single with cheese, some fries, and a Coke.

The burger was deliciously greasy, though the pickles and onions and mustard they put on it was a bit overpowering, for me.

In retrospect I should have gone for the double double (two beef patties and two slices of cheese), but I was trying to save room for a hot dog eating contest the next day and to sample all the BBQ Memphis had to offer.

And I should have gotten a milkshake but as soon as I sat down the waitress asked me what I wanted to drink and I panicked and just said Coke. (Am I the only one who panics when asked what you want to drink before you even settle into your seat?)

Hamburger cooked in 100-year-old grease at Dyer's Burger in Memphis, Tennessee.

Oh well. Next time.

Because I’m sure there will be a next time to eat more ribs, more chicken, more greasy greasy burgers. Because in Memphis I managed have so many tasty, fattening, oh so good meals. Because, seriously, the south knows how to serve up some tasty, fattening, oh so good meals…

Pork ribs from Rendezvous Ribs in Memphis, Tennessee.

A small order of pork ribs with beans and coleslaw from Rendezvous Ribs.

 

Fried chicken, beans, and coleslaw from Gus's Fried Chicken in Memphis, Tennessee.

A two-piece dark fried chicken with beans and coleslaw from Gus’s Fried Chicken.

 

Pork plate with mac n cheese and greens at Central BBQ in Memphis, Tennessee.

A pork plate with mac ‘n’ cheese and greens at Central BBQ

 

“Eat a burger cooked in 100 year old grease at Dyer’s Burgers in Memphis” was number 77 on my life list.

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