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Jan 31, 2013 06:14 PM

My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

Trap Rock (Berkeley Heights) - locally sourced grass fed beef. It seems to be served with the most love during lunch hours. Juicy, steaky flavor, local artisan cheese (or a vermont cheddar), wonderful light bun (like challah?) that adds just that little bit without making it a focus if you know what I mean (not chewy). And the fries are thin and crispy (bonus).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, BUCU (Paramus). More of a patty fast food style burger but excellent toppings (red ripe tomatoes, green leafy lettuce and I don't like bacon or bleu cheese on my burgers normally but I love the Jersey burger here - applewood smoked bacon, blue & cheddar cheese and grilled onions). Quick service (order at the counter) and they bring the food to you and take it away (surprisingly great service from the usually young ladies here). The fries are soft and the onion straws are greasy, but this post is about burgers.

I have yet to try the burgers at Krugs, White Manna or Stage Left but all have received rave reviews and could overtake one or both of my current favorites. Other heralded burgers (like Next Door) did not make it.

Where are some of your favorite burgers? Please try to omit the "my parents used to take me here" styles biases. If you order your burgers well done you are instructed to return to the main boards immediately.

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  1. Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger with Fresh Cut Fries @ Dinallo's in River Edge.

    Krug's is very good.....especially with a side of Fried Calamari and Shrimp. White Manna is Hackensack is much better than White Mana in Jersey City.

    For Chains....

    The Cheescake Factory...Hackensack or Willowbrook
    Bobby Flay's...Paramus
    Steak n' Shake...Paramus

    I have not been to either Blu or Stage Left, but both look very good from the pictures I have seen.....and from comments by user here on chowhound, I want to give Stella's Empanadas and Argentine Grill a those three are on the short list.

    Rossi and Barnacle Bill's are both good as well....but it's been years since I have been to either.

    If you are ever near Riverside Square Mall between 3:30-7PM or after 9PM, McCormick and Schmick's has a Happy Hour Cheeseburger for 3.95 with fries.

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    1. re: fourunder

      I'm not allowed to post in this thread cuz I like my burgers well done. But holy crap.. did not know there was a Steak N' Shake in NJ!.... Brings back memories of freshman year of college in Daytona Beach...

      1. re: coldsolderjoint

        It's called Steak N Shake Signature, an express type outlet at the mall with a limited menu. The burgers and shakes are all there.

        1. re: ebchower

          I saw that on the website.. I used to get the patty melt all the time in Daytona. Doesnt appear to be on the limited menu. Maybe if I'm up there I'll stop in..

      2. re: fourunder

        Rossi's is still great. My wife, son and I had their CB's with their also great fries for lunch yesterday.

        How about the 20 OZ. KOBE BEEF BURGER with tater tots, chipotle ketchup and stone ground mustard for $41.00 at the Old Homestead in the Borgata.

        1. re: fourunder

          I had been craving a cheeseburger from Dinallo's for a long time now...are they still open? Any news on the place, closing, staying open, etc.?

          An excellent burger -- very under the radar. I'd stack it up against my top list -- Davey's, Dutch House, Krug's, JD's, the old Bicycle Club, etc. -- any day of the week.

          As far as the slider -- White Manna in Hackensack is the way to go, LOL. I don't count White Castle as a slider. Not even in the same league as White Manna. JMO.

          1. re: ELA

            It's been a few month's since I have been to Dinallo's...and even longer since I have had the Cheeseburger...but I pass buy regularly and yes, they are still open. I have no idea what is going on with the legal aspect, but it does not appear it has upset the business from the looks of the filled parking lot. On a similar note, Sanzari's had purchased an adjacent lot to their restaurant and knocked the house down for a parking lot...which is also filled most of the time as well..

            As I've mentioned before, I usually opt for the Sliced Steak with Fresh Cut Fries, or the Pounded Veal Milanese....but I agree with you 100% the Burgers are excellent at Dinallo's...and White Manna too, which is miles ahead of Five Guys or White Castle.

            BTW. another favorite of the regular crowd not on the menu, is the Veal with Broccoli Rabe...a take on the Philly Pork Sandwich.

        2. I'm not a big burger guy so I'm going for over all best burger experience and memories of my life.

          White Diamond, Clark, NJ

          1. Bond Street Bar, Asbury Park

            1. I like White Manna, Smashburger and Zinburger in Clifton. Haven't been to the Paramus Steak N Shake but I tried them in NY and they are good. Never thought to order a burger at Flemings.

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              1. re: ebchower

                The Prime Burger, Bacon and Cheese.....$6.00

                Part of their 5 for $6 'til 7 menu at the bar.


                1. re: ebchower

                  I like ZinBurger very much. I've gone a lot lately, and every single time -- very good! I once had a burger at Flemming's (in Edgewater) and it was in fact very good. Kind of forgot about that one. I am not a big Smashburger fan. The burger was good and if my friends wanted to go I'd be OK with it and would have no problem ordering any one of their burgers, but it wasn't at the "top" of my list. Thanks.

                  White Manna...well, that's kind of on a "unique" list all by itself. LOL.

                  1. re: ELA

                    I like Zinburger too....but the bun is too big for the burger they serve.

                    1. re: fourunder

                      Just a personal preference I guess. Chocolate and vanilla. LOL. I never thought that, or felt that way...but now I'm sure that you already have caused me to scrutinize and look at this bun non-stop next time I am there, LOL.

                      1. re: fourunder

                        I visited Zinburger for the first time this weekend at their Clifton location. The burger was quite good - decent thickness, evenly cooked and quality toppings. Buttering the bun in the kitchen might have been overkill and I agree the bun is too large. I was disappointed with their beer selection, nearly all big brewery stuff. I hope their wine list isn't equally timid and limited to only Mondavi and Kendall Jackson or something like that. The pricepoint for the meal was just between agreeable and not for me - at $20+ per person the total experience isn't satisfying enough to return often, but I'm sure I'll be back

                        1. re: chowhounder411

                          I must drink more than bill was closer to $70 for two before tax & tip.....I did order the Zucchini Fries though.

                          1. re: fourunder

                            Ha, I'm sure it was the zucchini fries, not the drinks. Did you like them at least? Maggianos has the best fried zucchini I've ever had.

                            I only had one 20 oz. beer (#9). Total bill $25 + tip. I said somewhere in this thread that about $18 seems to be the going rate for burgers (with fries) at more upscale or market ingredient driven restaurants but Zinburger isn't really either of those.

                            1. re: chowhounder411

                              I enjoyed the Zucchini Fries at Zinburger....but believe it or not, the best Zucchini Stick appetizer ever served was at Houlihan's back in the 80s and 90's..served with a horseradish dip. Why they dropped it off the menu and never brought it back is one of the great food/restaurant mysteries to me....

                          2. re: chowhounder411

                            Those paintings of cow pastures on the wall implied grass fed beef to me. I asked and it's not. But it didn't stop me from devouring the burger before the waitress came back to check on us.

                    2. In no particular order....

                      Bond St. Bar
                      Ivan & Andy's
                      Stage Left
                      Nauvoo Grill
                      Barnacle Bill's
                      Bobby's Burger Palace
                      Tony Bolony's
                      Lucky Bones

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                      1. re: JustJake

                        SHHHHHHH on Bond Street!! It gets crowded enough! I think the burger falls behind their other deliciously fatty comforting creations. With specials like pork roll fries, brisket tacos and those amazing wings plus local craft beers on tap and THE PRICE IS RIGHT... Bond Street is awesome. Those wings are top 2 with Jersey Shore BBQ to me. I don't know why wings and BBQ are done right on central Jersey coast and neglected elsewhere, though the Korean fried stuff up north is right on.