Burger Battle Royale: Best of the Mid-Atlantic

BurgerBattle_Chef Maricel Presilla



of Cucharamama and Zafra, Hoboken, NJ

Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.


Maricel Presilla’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Mid-Atlantic 

1. SUR BURGER Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ 

A Portuguese roll soaks up the spicy juice from this chorizo-studded burger.

Sur Burger

2. CHEESEBURGER SLIDER White Manna, Hackensack, NJ

Okay, it’s not a restaurant. It’s a tiny diner specializing in sirloin patties topped with griddled onions and molten cheese on a potato bun.

Double Cheese Sliders

Photo by NYC Food Guy via Yelp

3. “THE ONE” Next Door, Montclair, NJ  

Duck fat–enriched beef, caramelized onions and white cheddar on a fluffy brioche bun.

The One

Photo by Eugene O. via Yelp

4. BRAISED SHORT RIB BURGER Christopher’s at the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ 

A short-rib patty with roasted-tomato mayo served on a Texas toast bun.

5. PALENA CHEESEBURGER Palena Cafe, Washington, DC  

Melted Italian cheese infused with truffles and garlic mayo.

Palena Cheeseburger

Photo by Norry H. via Yelp

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