Selmer’s slugburgers

November 1, 2007

If MacDonald’s was conjuring up some new burgers, they would probably not call them “slugburgers.”

That’s the name given to burgers whose patties are a mixture of ground beef and soy grits. These delicacies came about during the Depression as a means of saving money in those hard times, and they got the name “slugburger” because they cost a nickel, which was known in some areas as a “slug.”

Corinth, Mississippi is the epicenter of slugburgerdom, with a Slugburger Festival in July, but just north and across the state line in Tennessee, Selmer is the place to go for this culinary experience. I tried for years to get a slugburger in Selmer, but every time I came through town, the two leading slugburger emporiums were closed. Seems that they open for breakfast at 4:00 AM and by 2:00 PM the proprietors are ready to go home and take a nap. They tend to never see the Tonight Show or Letterman.

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