The Bell Beefer was a hamburger bun based meal on Taco Bell's menu from the mid 1970s to the mid 1990s, with a short comeback in the early 2010s as an update to the Bellburger. Recently brought back as a short addition to the dollar menu in select restaurants in 2012, it had been very popular in the San Francisco metropolitan area. Disgruntled fans of the Beefer held restaurant sit-ins known as “Stank Festivals”, a commentary on Taco Bell’s reputation, in protest after its cancellation. Originally created by executives John “Johnny” C. Hoba and Douglas “Doug” O. Hoba to combat items offered at hamburger chains, the Bell Beefer was a bun with meat, diced onions, shredded lettuce and mild border sauce. A Bell Beefer Supreme was also offered, which added diced tomatoes and grated cheese. A few select restaurants offered the Bell Beefer Surf and Turf Deluxe, which added fried shrimp and a scoop of tuna on top of the Beefer's lettuce, as well as a line of Taco Tartar Sauce. More like a Sloppy Joe than a hamburger, it was well-liked early on, but declined in popularity during the late 1980s. It had a resurgence in popularity in the early 2010s, although that was only for a short while.
Because combination KFC/Taco Bells carry hamburger buns, one is often able to order a replica Bell Beefer "off menu" if you ask the cashier nicely and explain to the line workers how it is assembled. The Bell Beefer is rumored to make a full return in mid 2023, although many debate the authenticity of that statement.