Mississippi Slugburger

Mississippi Slugburger

I'm showing you my take on one of America's strangest hamburgers, and certainly the hamburger with the strangest name. But don't worry, this is 100% mollusk free. The name comes from the fact that these used to cost a nickel–and in the past, the slang term for nickel was "slug."
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Step 2

    Cut the crusts off the bread slices. Place slices on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Step 3

    Bake in the center of the preheated oven until dry and toasted, about 45 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Transfer toasted bread to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until you reach coarse crumbs.  
  5. Step 5

    Place ground chuck, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder into a bowl. Add bread crumbs. Combine with your fingers, breaking apart the meat.
  6. Step 6

    Dampen your fingers with water and form mixture into hamburger patties.
  7. Step 7

    Heat ¼ to ½ inch vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place a patty into the pan and turn heat down to medium. Cook until well browned and crusty, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining patties, adding more oil if needed.
  8. Step 8

    Remove from the pan and serve on hamburger buns with mustard and pickles; sprinkle tops of patties with chili powder and/or cayenne if you like prior to serving.