Burge's Hickory Smoked Turkeys and Hams History
Alden Burge began smoking turkeys in his backyard smokehouse in Lewisville, Arkansas for friends and family after moving there from Shreveport in 1953. He worked in the local oil fields and soon his co-workers wanted him to smoke turkeys for them too. On Friday nights at his home in Lewisville, he began making barbeque chickens, baked beans and coleslaw and selling it before ball games.
In 1962, a little dairyette on the corner of Hwy 29 and Hwy 82 was offered to Alden. Along with his wife, Margaret, and their three children, he opened the original Burge's where they sold barbeque, burgers and ice cream. It was a family-affair. They enjoyed providing a special level of service, like serving barbequed goat and homemade peppermint ice cream, as well as fireworks, all on the 4th of July.
Alden continued to smoke his turkeys for the holidays. And while always delicious, some of them fell apart because they were so tender. By word of mouth, business grew and he started shipping turkeys and hams through the mail to customers outside of the area.
In 1977, Alden opened another location in Little Rock, Arkansas. This store has become a fixture in the popular Heights neighborhood. Lots of folks eat in the restaurant numerous times throughout the week, and it is also a very popular spot for the holidays as people stop by to pick up their favorite turkeys and hams.
Today, because of the loyal support of our valued customers, Burge's is bigger than ever. Over the years, many of our customers discovered our stores while travelling through Arkansas and Louisiana. Now, with the reach of our internet site, www.smokedturkeys.com, our customer base has grown to include families and businesses in every state. But we still take pride in operating just as we always have…with a mission to provide the very finest in smoked meats, with your satisfaction guaranteed. If you happen to be one of our many long-time customers, we say, thanks! If you've found us for the first time, we look forward to serving you and your family. And we sincerely hope that you will make Burge's a tradition in your home, just as so many others have since 1962.