Eat a burger cooked in 100 year old grease at Dyer’s Burgers in Memphis.

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

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I’m pretty sure I first heard about Dyer’s Burgers while reading Hamburger America (a road tripper’s bible of must-have hamburgers around the U.S.) some years ago.

The restaurant on Memphis’s Beale Street is known for it’s deep fried hamburgers. Juicy, flavorful hamburgers. But these patties aren’t just cooked in any old grease: they’re cooked in really, really, old grease. Each burger at Dyer’s 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 burger cooked in 100 year old grease?

I went to Dyer’s Burger 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 (I SHOULD ALWAYS GET 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? Just me> OK, carry on…)


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 cooked in 100 year old grease. 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…


Here’s what else I ate in Memphis, Tennessee:

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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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Tom @ Waegook Tom
    December 28, 2013at9:46 am

    Aaaaaand I’ve added Memphis to the list of places I must go to when I’m next in the USA. Seriously, I just ERMAGHERD-ed at ALL THE FOOD.

  • Karen Thomson
    September 26, 2015at4:22 pm

    Loved Dyers, went there twice when I stayed in Mephis for 3 days a year ago.

    Also went to Pig on Beale twice.

    Best food I have had ever.

    Been alround the world and the USA and the food in Memphis is the best!

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    November 16, 2018at12:18 pm

    Hi, I’m Jerome. I spend too much time surfing the web, looking for interesting articles
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