Central Jersey

25 Burgers
Multiple locations

Choose from a menu of 25 unique burgers like the Reuben (hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing), or the Maui (grilled pineapple, smoked ham, cheddar cheese, tomato and Teriyaki glaze), which all come with thick-cut, seasoned fries. The portions are generous and they can have your meal ready in just 10 minutes if you call in advance, making this a great weeknight to-go option. 

Runners Up: 
2. Rossi's (Hamilton Township)
3. Hansel 'n Griddle (Somerville) 
4. Stage Left (New Brunswick) 
5. Jack Baker's American Grille (Monroe)

Essex County

Stuffed Grass Fed Burgers
150 Valley Rd., Suite 1 Montclair

The grass-fed beef patties here come with a surprise inside—they’re all stuffed with deliciousness like cheese, bacon, garlic aioli or arugula. Don’t miss the Montclair Blue Burger (with Blue cheese, chipotle aioli and sauteed mushrooms inside), the mac & cheese burger (with homemade macaroni and cheese in the middle of an antibiotic-free beef or turkey patty) and the turkey club burger (organic turkey stuffed with Havarti cheese, smoked bacon lettuce and tomato). 

Runners Up:
2. Stony’s (South Orange)
3. Next Door (Montclair)
4 & 5. TIE Cloverleaf Tavern (Caldwell) & Hamburgao (Newark)

Morris County

Arthur’s Tavern
700 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains

Come to this steakhouse and you’re going to see a crowd that cares immensely about burgers. Chow down on the giant, perfectly cooked Famous 10 oz. Burger with your choice of cheese and French fries, and leave happy. Make like a local and start your meal with a bowl of French onion soup. 

Runners Up:
2. The Committed Pig (Morristown) 
3 & 4. TIE Chatham River Grille (Chatham) & Old Mill Tavern (Chester)   
5. Sunset Pub and Grill (Lincoln Park)

North Jersey

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar
Multiple locations
The burgers here are both delicious and inventive —patties get dressed with chili or made with Kobe beef and topped with wild mushrooms. Everything on the menu goes perfectly with the tasty truffle fries and a changing selection of milkshakes (which rival most local ice cream spots). Even better, throughout the summer, kids eat for $3 (with the purchase of an adult meal). 

Runners Up: 
2. White Manna Hamburgers (Hackensack) 
3. The Iron Horse (Westwood) 
4. JW’s Doo Wop & Ice Cream Parlor (West Milford) *this place has closed since the publication of the article
5. Left Bank Burger Bar (Jersey City)

South Jersey

1. Bobby's Burger Palace (Cherry Hill)
2. Lucky Bones Backwater Grille (Cape May)
3. Elevation Burger (Moorestown)
4. Vincentown Diner (Vincentown)
5. Frankie's Bar and Grill (Point Pleasant)

Union County

Loaded Burgers-N-BBQ
101 Center St., Garwood

This Union county gem brings southern, slow-cooked food to the mild-mannered burger (courtesy of a brand new smoker) and the results are mouth-watering. Start with a plain beef patty and add toppings like maple-cured bacon, herbed goat cheese and crispy fried shallots to make your own masterpiece. Make like a local and start with the brisket or pulled pork on a cornbread waffle bun.

Runners Up: 
2. Mooyah Burgers Shakes Fries (Garwood) 
3. Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar (Summit) 
4. Oh’ Brian’s on the Green (Clark) 
5. Joe’s Place (Union)

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