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Slugburger with onion rings
Course Main
Place of origin United States
Region or state Southeast
Creator John Weeks
Main ingredients Beef or pork with an inexpensive extender such as soybeans
Cookbook:Slugburger  Slugburger

A slugburger (originally "Weeksburger") is a traditional southern delicacy found in Northeast Mississippi, particularly Corinth, New Albany, Booneville, Iuka, Tishomingo, Burnsville, West Tennessee, and northwest Alabama. Consisting of a patty made from a mixture of beef or pork and an inexpensive extender such as soybeans, it is deep fried in oil. It is typically served on a bun with mustard, pickles, onion, and in some places with a side of French fries.


John Weeks brought his hamburger recipe to Corinth in 1917 from Chicago. Weeks had his hamburger meat ground to specification by local butchers, which included potato flakes and flour. These small hamburgers were originally called Weeksburgers. Sometime before 1950, soy grits replaced the potato and flour and has remained the primary extender. According to town legend the term "slugburger" comes from the slang term for a nickel.[1][2]

At one time, five of the Weeks brothers were selling "Weeksburgers" in the south end of Corinth. They were John, Dave, Cord, Bill, and Fate Weeks. Fate, the youngest brother, also had a dozen different hamburger stands that he ran. He started working for his oldest brother John in 1919. In 1947, he purchased an old trolley car for $100 and converted it into a cafe. During his career, Fate Weeks converted four trolley cars into hamburger joints. His last trolly was located in Booneville Mississippi. As of the fall of 2014, his son, Willie Weeks, is still selling "Weeksburgers" from a portable building cafe in Booneville.

In Tupelo, Mississippi, slugburgers are known as doughburgers and often contain flour and egg rather than soy grits. A local drive-in "Johnny's", that Elvis Presley frequented as a boy, serves doughburgers.[3][4]


Each July the citizens of Corinth as well as those who travel from miles around descend on the town to pay tribute to this local culinary specialty at the annual Slugburger Festival. This three-day event offers rides, live entertainment and food.[5]

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