What the heck is a Slugburger?

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First, no. They aren’t made from actual slugs.

A Depression-Era favorite, a "Slugburger" is made with ground meat (usually pork and sometimes beef) and flour, soy grits or another extender. They are as flavorful as they come and a delicacy in the area of North Mississippi, West Tennessee and Northern Alabama.

Back in 1917, John Weeks moved to Corinth, Mississippi from Chicago. Using his knowledge of the beef processing industry from the Windy City (and reportedly a recipe from German immigrants), he devised a way to help him start a new burger business while helping him save money on the meat during the process. Of course, the product helped customers save money on their meals as well. The result: the Slugburger, or “Weeks Burger” as it was originally called. Selling for a nickel or a “slug,” these burgers were the perfect, inexpensive meal during the Great Depression and World War II.  

John sold his new burgers from the back of a moveable shack with bicycle wheels. Years later his family franchise would grow, and by 1947, he purchased an old trolley car that he converted into a freestanding café. From there, four more trolley cars would be converted, and the legend of the Slugburger grew. 

Over the years, the price may have changed, but the name has stuck. Today you can still find them in Northern Mississippi and into some areas in Tennessee and Alabama. And of course you can find them here at Hugh-Baby's.

Traditionally served with mustard, dill pickles, and onions, the Slugburger is the perfect bite into a little Mississippi history. 

Heads up: Slugburgers are only available on Fridays!


For even more about the Slugburger, visit our friends at the Southern Foodways Alliance