September 18, 2009 1:34 PM Subscribe
posted by ocherdraco (78 comments total)
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, hamburgers in which the meat has been supplemented with bread, meal, or crackers for filler, come from a triangular region that cuts across northern Alabama, northern Mississippi, and southern Tennessee and roughly corresponds with the Tennessee Valley
. They're called slugburgers in Moulton, Alabama
; Decatur, Alabama
; and Corinth, Mississippi
; doughburgers in Tupelo, Mississippi
; and breadburgers in Cullman, Alabama
. This regional take on the hamburger became popular during the Great Depression
, when the price of meat made it necessary to use fillers to extend supply. Though the exact origin of the term is disputed, it is most commonly held that Slugburgers got their name from the coin used to pay for them: when each burger cost 5¢, you could pay for one with a nickel which was then also called a slug. Corinth, Mississippi, has held an annual Slugburger Festival
since 1988. Take a photographic tour
of the Slugburger Trail.
I was reminded of slugburgers by The AHT Guide to Hamburger and Cheeseburger Styles
Decatur, Alabama, is my hometown, and I grew up going to school around the corner from C.F. Penn's
, the local slugburger joint.