Welcome to the Burger Chef Reliquary. The artifacts contained here are remnants of a sacred time and place. As you peruse the collection, feel free to add additional information or share your memories in the comment sections at the end of each post.
This customized hole punch makes holes in the shape of the Burger Chef hat. It was used in the early 1980s to punch the Breakfast Biscuit Punch Card (buy three get one free!) The hole punch is in its original box which features a sample punch:
It was manufactured by Bonney-Vehslage Tool Company. B-V is still around today and has been producing custom punches since 1906. You can see more examples of their corporate logo punches here.
Earlier I had asked you if you thought information on some Burger Chef equipment would be a good addition to the Reliquary. Well, I've jarred my memory and come up with the condiment dispenser, which was used on the backline to dispense ketchup and mustard. A drawing is attached, which I did from memory, if you'd like to use it.
Basically, this is how it worked. There were two electromagnets, one for each side of the dispenser. They each operated a cylinder, one for ketchup and one for mustard. The cylinder was compressed, sending condiment up through the tubes and onto the sandwich. When the electromagnet disengaged, more condiment was drawn into the cylinder for the next use. By raising the top of the dispenser with the heel of the bun, both ketchup and mustard were dispensed. By using the buttons on the side of the dispenser, either just ketchup or just mustard could be dispensed. The amount of condiment dispensed was adjustable, and the proper amount was two spots of ketchup the size of a quarter, and two spots of mustard the size of a dime. Isn't it amazing some of the information that sticks in your mind after almost 30 years? There's a drawing of the dispenser attached, if you'd like to use it.
Talk to you later, Bill Ore
We thought you might like a picture of the Condiment Dispenser & the diagram included in our equipment booklet.
This is an advertising piece from a Burger Chef in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. There is a stamp on the rear that says “Syntex Incorporated,” out of Chicago. The sign is made from heavy pressed wood and is 21” inches long and a half inch thick. There are two small screw holes, one on the top and bottom, used for mounting.
Burger Chef Restaurant Light Shade. A white shade with turquoise and yellow triangles all around. Fits a 4 inch bracket, 12 inches tall and 11 inches across. This is similar to the one pictured here in JSF's Burger Chef Gallery.
Heavy duty double-sided napkin holder featuring the "Chef's Hat" mascot. All metal, chrome doors; top and sides have brown wrinkle finish. Bottom is marked: "PAT. NO. 3,370,748. LUXRIFOLD NAPKINS, Manufactured by Wisconsin Tissue Mills, Menasha, Wisconsin." Bottom also has rubber table rests.