HOMEGROWN: Junkyard Burgers

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

Junkyard Burgers

Owner: Casey Anderson
Established: June 2005
Address: 1393 Main St., Guntown
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (662) 348-3425
Primary business: Sales of hamburgers, doughburgers and other food items
Employees: 2
Facebook: Junkyard Burgers
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Junkyard Burgers specializes in fresh, made-to-order food.
Casey Anderson, and his fiancee, Missy Miller, run the business. The two previously were working at a convenience store in Guntown and, in 2005, chose to pursue a new direction. Anderson’s parents had previously opened Junkyard Burgers, but had closed it.
Miller and Anderson reopened the restaurant, and now cook hamburgers and doughburgers daily. Their meat is 100 percent ground chuck bought and cut locally.
They also serve hot dogs, ribeye sandwiches and grilled chicken sandwiches. Cash is the only accepted type of payment.
Customers sit on the front porch on stools or in a rocking chair while the food is cooked. All orders are packed to go in brown paper bags.
If the weather is nice, the two picnic tables under an old oak tree are filled. The restaurant is busiest at lunch, mainly servicing Guntown residents and workers at the nearby Harry A. Martin North Lee Industrial Complex, including Toyota supplier APMM, Hancock Fabrics and HM Richards.
And Miller knows the regulars. Last week, she used hand signals to place the order of a faithful doughburger customer – before she had even parked.
“Folks that like the doughburgers really like the doughburgers,” Anderson said.
The building also is special. It’s hot pink and purple and has random hubcaps hung on the porch railing.
“Pink was the cheapest color that the hardware store had,” Anderson said. “The purple was to break it up a little bit.”
Added Miller, “It’s really easy to tell people where you’re at when you tell them the pink building.”
Carlie Kollath