BERGEN’S 15 BEST BURGERS

by Esther Davidowitz
excerpted from 201 Magazine
April 2019

A burger — a beefy, juicy, tender marvel of deliciousness — is our nation’s most beloved culinary treasure. It’s what makes eating in America great — again and again.

This quintessential black-and-blue and red-blooded national meal is so egalitarian, it can be had at the least frilly dive bar as well as the most chi chi restaurant, and everywhere in between.

 
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It can — heck, should — be eaten with your hands, topped with a whole lot of condiments and devoured with a cheap brewski or a glass of expensive Champagne. It’s darn flexible. However, please know that many chefs say ketchup is a mistake (sorry); the French favor mustard; and just about all the experts think well done is inexcusable (medium rare is the way to go).

We’ve interrogated food lovers. We’ve questioned professional cooks. And we’ve eaten hamburgers throughout the region to bring to you the 15 top burgers in North Jersey.

BIDDY O’MALLEY
BURGER

AT BIDDY O’MALLEY’S
ENGLEWOOD AND NORTHVALE

When you’re an unabashed full-figured burger carrying a slew of equally proud calorie-dense fixings, any old hamburger bun won’t do. On its own, the Biddy O’Malley burger, a mighty half-pound patty made with a custom blend of Pat LaFrieda brisket, short ribs and chuck, could do damage to a regular burger bun. Add candy-sweet caramelized onions, delightfully nutty Gruyere cheese, beautifully marbled pancetta and housemade Malbec butter, and you risk annihilation. Enter Hudson Bread’s challah bun, a slightly sweet but sufficiently macho bun that can stand up to all that waist-busting deliciousness. $13.