Burger Battle Royale: Best of the Mid-Atlantic

BurgerBattle_Chef Maricel Presilla


of Cucharamamaand Zafra, Hoboken, NJ

Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef atjamesbeard.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.

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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.

 Photo by NYC Food Guy via Yelp

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.

 Photo by Eugene O. via Yelp

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.

 Photo by Norry H. via Yelp

Photo by Norry H. via Yelp

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