Dyer’s Burgers – Memphis, Tennessee

Dyer's - Memphis, Tennessee

It hadn’t even been a couple of hours since our breakfast at Blue Plate Cafe. After a stop at Sun Studios we drove around the famous but deserted at this time of the morning (11AM) Beale Street. We were looking for Dyer’s Burgers which has been around since 1912 but not at this particular location.

The grease that the Dyer’s Burgers are fried in was brought by police escort to the new location. Why the big deal about this grease? It’s the same one they’ve used since 1912 when they originally opened up. The oil is strained every night but according to the owner, somewhere in there are molecules from 1912, just plain crazy if true. I’d like to believe that it is.

My introduction to Dyer’s Burgers was through the Hamburger America documentary, here’s a clip:

The Fries are Hand Cut and of course there’s the optional Chili Cheese version available. I accepted that challenge and was pleasantly surprised at not only how great Fries were but the flavor of the homemade Chili.

Also on the docket for the day were the Southern Fried Chicken Tenders. They’re served with a White Roll (which I never touched) and a dipping sauce (I chose Honey Mustard). The breading was excellent, the Tenders were delicious and if you’re with kids they will love them. If you’re an adult  who still behaves like a child you will love them too.

Chili Cheese Hand-Cut Fries

Chili Cheese Hand-Cut Fries

Southern Fried Chicken Tenders

Southern Fried Chicken Tenders

I stuck with a Dyer’s Single with Cheese as it comes, which means Pickle, Mustard & Onion. If you look at the picture below you can see the crust on the patty that was formed from deep frying the Burger. I wasn’t sure what I would think once I took a bite but I was sold. This Burger is a classic and something that any self respecting Burger fan should try at least once in their life.

Dyer's Single w/Cheese

Dyer’s Single w/Cheese

I followed up the original Single w/Cheese with just a plain Cheeseburger and it wasn’t the same, lesson learned.

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Dyer’s Burgers
205 Beale St Memphis, TN 38103
901-527-3937

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