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Just noticed there is a Fatburger in my neighborhood (Jersey City, NJ). I know many 'hounds are a fan of this chain, but I'd like more info before I venture inside. First, is it "good for a chain" or really good and worth seeking out (ie better than a local burger joint)? Is the consensus that I should get it with an egg? Any other tips would be appreciated for a fatburger novice.

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  1. It's really good, period, and less like a chain than most. The burgers are enormous, and cooked fresh(the biggest, the Double King, weighs in at a full pound, while a standard fatburger is 1/3 lb.)and most locations feature a ketchup pump, which is essential in my estimation.

    I would skip the egg.

    1. They have lots of condiments that can be included, but my preference is to forego the lettuce, tomato, onion, relish, etc. My favorite is to order it with just bun, patty, cheese, mayo, ketchup and pickles.

      1. Be sure to order it "on the char."

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        1. re: Chimayo Joe

          To expand to someone who may have never been, the "Fat on the Char" is an important ordering instruction as they both GRILL and FRY their burgers. The fried burgers obviously sit in the fat and tend to be greasier. Those on "the char" have the benefit of the grease dripping through to the heating element which will fire-up and cook the meat better.

          P.S. I also always order bacon, adore their onion rings, and highly recommend their shakes!

          1. re: Chimayo Joe

            AGREED! WITH SAUTEED ONIONS ALSO, AND GET ONION RINGS TOO - HAND DIPPED FRESH EVERY DAY. THE SHAKES ARE MADE FROM REAL ICE CREAM ALSO - MY FAV IS STRAWBERRY.

          2. If you get your burger rare or medium-rare, get the bun (dressed as you like it) on the side. This gives you the chance to blot the patty (ie, drain it) with a napkin so that the juices don't make the bottom of the bun soggy.

            1. Fatburger is the best of all the burger chains. A proper burger from them will come close to needing a dropcloth instead of napkins. If you haven't had a burger with a fried egg before, definitely try it. It adds something that's hard to describe but is certainly delicious. The Fat Fries are great, as are their lemonade and shakes.

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              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                I think they're top notch, but I'll differ with the jester and say skip the egg. It's definitely a great hamburger topping (actually, quite possibly the original), but I don't think they do them well. Try it at home and keep it over easy.