Bucket Shop Beefburgers

Karen Petree


The Bucket Shop in St. Joseph, MO sold what they called Beefburgers. It was a "loose meat" sandwich that was a favorite of my grandparents, and became a favorite of later generations long after the restaurant closed.

Posted in the memory of Peter "Pete" Simon Chirila III, 1934-2019


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10 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 2 lb
  • 1 16-oz pkg
    frozen chili
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 c
  • ·
    hot dog buns
  • ·
    bottle of mustard
  • ·
    chopped onion

How to Make Bucket Shop Beefburgers


  1. Brown the hamburger and drain.
  2. Add the chili, mustard, vinegar, chili powder, and water.
  3. Simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Squirt some mustard on a bun and sprinkle on some chopped onions. Spoon meat mixture over the mustard and onion.
    1. Hide the ketchup!
    2. It is a felony offense if you use ketchup.
    3. It is also a felony offense if you put mustard on the top.
    3. ENJOY!
  6. UPDATE 10/09/2019: According to the family of Pete Chirila, the frozen chili was prepared and served on top (not mixed in with the beef) and did not contain vinegar.

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About Bucket Shop Beefburgers

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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