How did it all start?

Hesburger's delicious history dates back to 1966 when Heikki Salmela and his wife Kirsti founded Kievari Grilli in Naantali. In the 1970s, the hard-working entrepreneurs set their sights on Turku where the budding company enjoyed enormous popularity among the locals, particularly at a location known as Puutorin Grilli.

In the 1980s, fast food gained an even stronger presence in Finland, with honest-to-goodness fast food restaurants becoming an integral part of the street scene. This new trend also resulted in the first Hesburger restaurant which was opened in 1980 in the then-new Hansa shopping centre.