Reward for Gurneyburger Recipe

Reward for Gurneyburger Recipe

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The Faxx

Kingsport, TN

#1 Jul 10, 2014
By Gosh, Topix has led some of us back to the memories of the Gurneyburger! If you never had one, you missed a lot. I've been trying for years to find out the secret recipe. Rumor was that it was dog food in the mix, but we know better..........but to be honest, even if it were true, I'd go for it.) Man alive, the Gurneyburger lives only in memory now, and I'm offering a cash reward for anyone who can provide the real recipe! 100 bucks, green American money for the genuine recipe! I'm ready to try all reasonable recipes and the one that gets it right will be compensated, and that's a promise!
I know a lot of smarta**es will respond with foolishness, but it's worth the aggravation if anyone can stand and deliver! I've heard everything from heavy cream to bear fat, onion powder, bakery leftovers, etc. as a secret ingredient, but the real deal will tell in the end. I challenge anyone who remembers the taste to kick in a little on the reward. It will be worth it. This is no scam, just want a real Gurneyburger, and I'm sure I am not the only one!
Rosa

Troy, NC

#2 Jul 10, 2014
The Faxx wrote:
By Gosh, Topix has led some of us back to the memories of the Gurneyburger! If you never had one, you missed a lot. I've been trying for years to find out the secret recipe. Rumor was that it was dog food in the mix, but we know better..........but to be honest, even if it were true, I'd go for it.) Man alive, the Gurneyburger lives only in memory now, and I'm offering a cash reward for anyone who can provide the real recipe! 100 bucks, green American money for the genuine recipe! I'm ready to try all reasonable recipes and the one that gets it right will be compensated, and that's a promise!
I know a lot of smarta**es will respond with foolishness, but it's worth the aggravation if anyone can stand and deliver! I've heard everything from heavy cream to bear fat, onion powder, bakery leftovers, etc. as a secret ingredient, but the real deal will tell in the end. I challenge anyone who remembers the taste to kick in a little on the reward. It will be worth it. This is no scam, just want a real Gurneyburger, and I'm sure I am not the only one!
. Wow! When I saw this post heading it brought back a flood of awesome & most cherished of childhood memories ! How I would kill for a gurneyburger! My aunt lived in Elizabethton and we visited from Boones creek two weekends a month! I will never forget my first gurneyburger with my dad. I loved the odd shape and that it was red , white, and blue. It was an unique building.( somewhat a landmark) in its time. My dad was a great man , I lost him in 2005. We continued our tradition into my teens. On windy days u could smell them when u rounded the curve coming and going! I wonder what happened ? Does anybody know the history and how many years it was open & why it closed- I always heard that it was named after the owner... Mr gurney.. Was that the old guy that was always working? Remember those cute little hats they wore?? Good luck in your endeavor to track down the recipe! Can I have one??
The Faxx

Kingsport, TN

#3 Jul 10, 2014
Rosa wrote:
<quoted text>. Wow! When I saw this post heading it brought back a flood of awesome & most cherished of childhood memories ! How I would kill for a gurneyburger! My aunt lived in Elizabethton and we visited from Boones creek two weekends a month! I will never forget my first gurneyburger with my dad. I loved the odd shape and that it was red , white, and blue. It was an unique building.( somewhat a landmark) in its time. My dad was a great man , I lost him in 2005. We continued our tradition into my teens. On windy days u could smell them when u rounded the curve coming and going! I wonder what happened ? Does anybody know the history and how many years it was open & why it closed- I always heard that it was named after the owner... Mr gurney.. Was that the old guy that was always working? Remember those cute little hats they wore?? Good luck in your endeavor to track down the recipe! Can I have one??
If I ever get the recipe, I'll make you a Gurneyburger, free of charge! There is a lot of history behind the Gurneyburger. Yep, the older guy was Gurney Campbell and he and his wife also had some more family working there too. I think he originally started out in Hampton or Elizabethton before locating in Johnson City.
I remember a dollar buying a gurneyburger, big fat fries and a shake. And then the foot long hot dogs and later the pizzaburger were on the menu! There is actually a good bit of information on line about it, but no recipe..........Yet! I'm hoping someone has it.
JC Fan

Elizabethton, TN

#4 Jul 11, 2014
I might be wrong, but didn't GurneyBurger have a hamburger that was made with pizza sauce or something like that?
American Worker

Knoxville, TN

#5 Jul 11, 2014
The Faxx wrote:
<quoted text>If I ever get the recipe, I'll make you a Gurneyburger, free of charge! There is a lot of history behind the Gurneyburger. Yep, the older guy was Gurney Campbell and he and his wife also had some more family working there too. I think he originally started out in Hampton or Elizabethton before locating in Johnson City.
I remember a dollar buying a gurneyburger, big fat fries and a shake. And then the foot long hot dogs and later the pizzaburger were on the menu! There is actually a good bit of information on line about it, but no recipe..........Yet! I'm hoping someone has it.
God I loved those burgers. I remember when it was located in Hampton in 1969. It was on the left side of the road across from Hampton Elementary School. It was a regular stop for us on the way to the lake.
The Faxx

Kingsport, TN

#6 Jul 11, 2014
JC Fan wrote:
I might be wrong, but didn't GurneyBurger have a hamburger that was made with pizza sauce or something like that?
Yep, that was the famous Pizza burger, with sauce, meat and white cheese, and big enough to fill you up. That was good eatin'!
The Faxx

Kingsport, TN

#7 Jul 11, 2014
American Worker wrote:
<quoted text> God I loved those burgers. I remember when it was located in Hampton in 1969. It was on the left side of the road across from Hampton Elementary School. It was a regular stop for us on the way to the lake.
Do you remember another place in Hampton about the same time that made huge burgers and had a pet bear in a cage outside? It might have been the Big B, but I'm not sure. I remember going there with my parents and siblings back in th early '60s when I was a little feller sitting in the back seat of my dad's 1953 Buick! I don't really remember much about the food, I was too busy checking out the bear. You reckon Gurney might have added a little bear meat to those wonderful burgers? If that's the secret recipe, I'd almost go bear hunting with just a switch to make a Gurneyburger.
American Worker

Knoxville, TN

#8 Jul 11, 2014
The Faxx wrote:
By Gosh, Topix has led some of us back to the memories of the Gurneyburger! If you never had one, you missed a lot. I've been trying for years to find out the secret recipe. Rumor was that it was dog food in the mix, but we know better..........but to be honest, even if it were true, I'd go for it.) Man alive, the Gurneyburger lives only in memory now, and I'm offering a cash reward for anyone who can provide the real recipe! 100 bucks, green American money for the genuine recipe! I'm ready to try all reasonable recipes and the one that gets it right will be compensated, and that's a promise!
I know a lot of smarta**es will respond with foolishness, but it's worth the aggravation if anyone can stand and deliver! I've heard everything from heavy cream to bear fat, onion powder, bakery leftovers, etc. as a secret ingredient, but the real deal will tell in the end. I challenge anyone who remembers the taste to kick in a little on the reward. It will be worth it. This is no scam, just want a real Gurneyburger, and I'm sure I am not the only one!
The dog food and also a horse meat rumor didn't start until they moved to Johnson City,it was likely a competitor that started it.
hampton resident

Johnson City, TN

#9 Jul 12, 2014
JC Fan wrote:
I might be wrong, but didn't GurneyBurger have a hamburger that was made with pizza sauce or something like that?
Yes, it was called a Pizza Burger. Loved them!!
hampton resident

Johnson City, TN

#10 Jul 12, 2014
The Faxx wrote:
By Gosh, Topix has led some of us back to the memories of the Gurneyburger! If you never had one, you missed a lot. I've been trying for years to find out the secret recipe. Rumor was that it was dog food in the mix, but we know better..........but to be honest, even if it were true, I'd go for it.) Man alive, the Gurneyburger lives only in memory now, and I'm offering a cash reward for anyone who can provide the real recipe! 100 bucks, green American money for the genuine recipe! I'm ready to try all reasonable recipes and the one that gets it right will be compensated, and that's a promise!
I know a lot of smarta**es will respond with foolishness, but it's worth the aggravation if anyone can stand and deliver! I've heard everything from heavy cream to bear fat, onion powder, bakery leftovers, etc. as a secret ingredient, but the real deal will tell in the end. I challenge anyone who remembers the taste to kick in a little on the reward. It will be worth it. This is no scam, just want a real Gurneyburger, and I'm sure I am not the only one!
His daughter in law, Mary Campbell probably has that recipe. I think she still lives in Hampton and I know she has a food wagon that shows up at local festivals. The first Gurney's was in Hampton.
The Faxx

Kingsport, TN

#11 Jul 13, 2014
hampton resident wrote:
<quoted text>His daughter in law, Mary Campbell probably has that recipe. I think she still lives in Hampton and I know she has a food wagon that shows up at local festivals. The first Gurney's was in Hampton.
I hope you will persuade her to give us the recipe! I tried getting David the g'son to spill it, but he won't. Have you tried any food from Mary's wagon? Is it anywhere close to a Gurneyburger? I want a Gurneyburger!!!!!!!!!!
CarterCounty

Johnson City, TN

#12 Jul 14, 2014
My grandmother worked there for years. It was the best burger ever and I would love to have the recipe. I always heard there was some sausage in with the meat. The dog food rumor got started because Gurney would take garbage to the restaurant and throw it away. His dog food bags/cans would be in there so people just assumed and started the rumor. David should give out the recipe and let others enjoy.
The Faxx

Kingsport, TN

#13 Jul 14, 2014
CarterCounty wrote:
My grandmother worked there for years. It was the best burger ever and I would love to have the recipe. I always heard there was some sausage in with the meat. The dog food rumor got started because Gurney would take garbage to the restaurant and throw it away. His dog food bags/cans would be in there so people just assumed and started the rumor. David should give out the recipe and let others enjoy.
I'll bet I saw your grandmother working there back in the day. I remember one lady would take your order and when you said Gurneyburger, she'd say "all the way? before you had a chance to answer, which was perfect with me. After all, a Gurneyburger without the works was an insult to a good burger. I do believe some sausage was in the mix, how else could it be so good? Yes the dog food rumor was unfounded, probably started by the competition. I remember a very pretty gal by the name of Phyllis who worked there back in the early 70's. She married a good friend of mine from high school, Mr.Rash. Haven't heard from either since way back then and I'm sure they are happy. I say we shame the folk who know the recipe! It must live on! Did you know Charles Kuralt, on he road ,actually did a segment on the Gurneyburger? If that ain't famous, what its? I want a Gurneyburger!!!!!!!!!
just a guess

Johnson City, TN

#14 Jul 15, 2014
I've heard it was pretty simple. Not sure if the person was telling me the truth or not but this does taste like the original gurney burger....per 1 pound hamburger meat, 2 slices of lightbread crumbled, mustard, ketchup, worchestershire sauce, salt, pepper. (You just add enough ketchup, mustard and worchestershire sauce to keep the meat and bread moist).mix all the ingredients together by hand in bowl, pat out your burgers, then grill. Enjoy.
just a guess

Johnson City, TN

#15 Jul 15, 2014
i forgot to add two tablespoons of heavy cream to the above recipe
Bubba

The Villages, FL

#16 Jul 15, 2014
The Faxx wrote:
<quoted text>Do you remember another place in Hampton about the same time that made huge burgers and had a pet bear in a cage outside? It might have been the Big B, but I'm not sure. I remember going there with my parents and siblings back in th early '60s when I was a little feller sitting in the back seat of my dad's 1953 Buick! I don't really remember much about the food, I was too busy checking out the bear. You reckon Gurney might have added a little bear meat to those wonderful burgers? If that's the secret recipe, I'd almost go bear hunting with just a switch to make a Gurneyburger.
The place you are talking about was Campbell's service Station and the bear was at the cab stand beside the service station. Gurney Campbell may have been the owner. have a coffee mug from there given to me by a former employee. The rumor was that a guy was driving around the restaurant Gurney's across from the elementary school and knocked over the trash cans over and they were full of TONY dog food cans. Guess that is why need to go everytime I pass a fire hydrant I feel the need to go. They were good burgers.
Moonacle

United States

#17 Jul 15, 2014
I stopped there many, many, many times as a young boy to get a daily fishing permit for Laurel Fork Creek. My grandfather spent alot of hard-earned money buying me and my cousins those permits.
I remember the caged bear. I don't remember what they did with it. Thank god.
I remember a Hispanic man that worked in the store. He was the first "foreingner" I'd ever seen. He was cool.
The Faxx

Kingsport, TN

#18 Jul 15, 2014
just a guess wrote:
i forgot to add two tablespoons of heavy cream to the above recipe
Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to give it a try as soon as possible. Now as best I remember, the Gurneyburger had a huge slice of sweet onion and no lettuce or pickle. Didn't it have some sort of mayo like sauce? I always put ketchup on mine and can't remember exactly what all else was on it. The memory goes long before the taste buds!
Bubba

The Villages, FL

#19 Jul 16, 2014
Moonacle wrote:
I stopped there many, many, many times as a young boy to get a daily fishing permit for Laurel Fork Creek. My grandfather spent alot of hard-earned money buying me and my cousins those permits.
I remember the caged bear. I don't remember what they did with it. Thank god.
I remember a Hispanic man that worked in the store. He was the first "foreingner" I'd ever seen. He was cool.
The Cab stand was owned by a guy called "Red Gravy" why don't know, but the bear liked soda pop and parents would buy it and let the kids watch him drink it. Someone poisoned him for no reason.
The Faxx

Kingsport, TN

#20 Jul 17, 2014
just a guess wrote:
i forgot to add two tablespoons of heavy cream to the above recipe
Thanks,
I tried the recipe today and it was very, very good but was still missing something. Maybe I just need to get everything in the right proportion, but I'm gonna keep trying!

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