Giant "Coffee Burger" to make comeback

Coffee Burger

The giant Coffee Burger, created about 40 years ago by the late Delores Wasserburger at her Sioux Sundries in Harrison will soon again be filling plates in Sioux County.

Although friends kept Sioux Sundries going for many months after Wasserburger became ill a decade ago, it appeared the iconic burger had died when the combination country store-drug store-restaurant closed with her death October 1, 2004.

That's changing, thanks to Mike Kesselring, owner of the High Plains Homestead and Drifter Cookshack and Bunkhouse about 17 miles northwest of Crawford. Kesselring says he's adding the Coffee Burger to his menu...with the full support of the Wasserburger family.

The story of the creation of the Coffee Burger has become a legend of its own. As recounted by Wasserburger to CBS Sunday Morning, American Profile Magazine, the Omaha World-Herald and anyone else who asked, it began in the early 1970's when local rancher Bill Coffee brought in his ranch hands and told her "let's really fill 'em up today." The result was the Coffee Burger: two 1-pound ground beef patties smothered with six slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles, all tucked into a regular size hamburger bun.

Kesselring says the Coffee Burger will be on the Cookshack's daily lunch menu reopens from its annual winter closure on Easter.

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