Biff Burger was based out of Clearwater, Florida, when it opened in 1956 and had pretty much all of its locations on the eastern side of the United States, with a few in Canada.
Now, some 70 years or so later, only two locations survive. This is in St. Petersburg, Florida; the other restaurant was renamed Beef Burger in Greensboro, North Carolina.
In case you were wondering, there was no Biff. It was an acronym for Best In Fast Food.
On Our Way to Biff Burger
As we leave Marco Island and head home to Miami, I mention Biff Burger (
3939 49th Street N, St. Petersburg) to my wife, Marcela. The next thing I know, our itinerary has changed, and St. Petersburg is up next, two hours away.
They don’t make them like they used to, and Biff Burger is a classic example of that with its high-arch burger architecture. I loved seeing the restaurant name in tiles before you stepped foot into this landmark.
Biff Burger is Old School
The seating at Biff Burger is those old contoured booths that were all the rage in the late 1960s and 1970s. Once inside, you encounter a rather extensive menu, including breakfast, which sounded pretty good since I only had coffee before leaving.
While I don’t think there was a chili cheese dog on the original menu, it was indeed calling my name. The dog comes on a freshly baked and toasted roll, which I didn’t expect, with a beefy chili that did have some beans.
I didn’t add mustard & onions, which is my standard practice, but it was a good chili dog. At Biff Burger, they roto-broil their fresh, never frozen burgers.
Here’s a picture of the contraption where it all happens.
What I Ate at Biff Burger
I ordered two after the fellow at the counter suggested one might not be enough, and he was right. The Biff Burger is served in one of those clear sandwich bags.
At first, I thought, did they run out of wax paper? Come on, fellas, no need to get lazy, so rather than assume, I asked and was told it was to keep all the juices inside. It makes sense!
There’s a great charbroil taste permeating throughout the burger. Then you have this tangy sauce, almost like a BBQ sauce coming through.
I loved it!
Since I’m a patty melt kinda guy, I wasn’t leaving without trying Biff’s version. It hit all the right notes, but a second one of their signature burger was the right move.
Was this worth the drive? Absolutely.
We’d do it again in a heartbeat, and I regret not taking a couple to go for the almost four-hour drive home.
Biff Burger Sauce Recipe
Luckily, some years ago, a reader sent me the recipe for the Biff-Burger Sauce. I’ve been sitting on it till now and can’t wait to try making my batch at home.
Biff Burger Sauce
- 2 ounces of Mustard
- 28 ounces of Ketchup
- 2 ounces sweet pickle relish
- Pinch of ginger powder
- 2 ounces of liquid smoke
Mix everything thoroughly in a mixing bowl or blender.
Biff Burger at my Burger Museum
My Burger Museum did have a few pieces of Biff Burger history.
Biff Burger is CLOSED
Unfortunately, a few months after Beef Burger shut down in Greensboro, North Carolina, Biff Burger closed in November 2021, and all its assets were sold off the following month. The building has been razed, leaving no trace that Biff Burger was ever there, a real shame.