Just like the United States Constitution, a burger means different things to different people depending on which state you’re in. To wit, since the invention of the “hamburger sandwich” in Connecticut in the late 1800s, folks all over this great nation have tested new ways to grill some meat and stick it on a bun, and today there are as many regional burger styles as there are things to put on a burger (read: infinite).
These are the 16 essential regional American burger varietals. If there’s one we missed, don’t hesitate to tell us about it in the comments section. For liberty!
What it is: A burger patty mixed with flour and soy meal and fried
Where it comes from: Northeastern Mississippi
The origin story: Invented by John Weeks back in 1917 in Corinth, MS, they used to be called “Weeksburgers” because dude was totally into himself. But as the style gained popularity in the small NE Mississippi town, the moniker “slugburger" was adopted, a nod to the old slang word for “nickel”, which was the cheap price of the burgers during their wartime birth and, later, Depression-era growth. The recipe was specifically designed to stretch ingredients further for those lean-times, and the soy meal extender gives the burgers a tender interior and crunchy exterior.
Where you can get some good ones: White Trolley Cafe (address and info) & Slugburger Cafe (address and info)