Reasons to Love Memphis #3 – 100 Year Old Grease

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 31st 2009 3321 0

When you eat at Dyer’s, you’re eating history.

The grease at Dyer’s Hambuger’s isn’t quite 100 years-old yet, but it might as well be. The burger store legend says that the burgers have been deep fried in the same grease since day one, and from what I can tell, it’s true.

When the diner moved to Beale Street, the sacred grease came, too. Every time a new batch of grease is needed, some of the old grease is mixed in with it. Every night at closing time, the grease in the pan is covered with a lid. Every morning, the grease is strained and seasoned. Dyer’s is serious about the grease.

That would be the grease in the big pan on the right side of the stove.

I stopped into Dyer’s on a Wednesday afternoon and had the run of the place. All of the lights were off, which made it a nice cool, dark, laid back place to eat a burger.  I ordered a burger and a Coke and chatted with Linda and Tony while the burger was cooking.

Then, the burger came.

If you go to Dyer’s expecting a big, thick patty with lots of lettuce, tomatoes, etc., you’re going to be disappointed. If you’re looking for a good, thin, fried Southern burger (the kind with a ton of pickle slices, mustard and onion), you’re in the right place.

If you’re going to put your stomach to the test, I’d recommend going during the day. Beale Street can get packed at night. Or, you could just wait until basketball season starts and grab a burger before or after a Tigers game in the company of dozens of people dressed in blue.

Go there:

Dyer’s Hamburgers

205 Beale St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 527-3937

Open 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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