Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

Burgers are one of America’s favorite foods. I don’t think I know a single meat eater who doesn’t like a nice juicy hamburger.

A burger start out as a blank canvas. Some burger lovers like to add their favorite cheese, additional meats such as bacon, pork roll, ham, and a variety of other proteins.
Then there are the veggies, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions…etc
We can’t discount the condiments, ketchup, mayo, mustard, barbeque sauce, and so on.

I am always up for the challenge of trying some crazy chef’s idea of an insane, over top creation.

I came across a few people who were adamant that a good burger needs to shine on it’s own, suggesting to leave off all of those toppings that muddle the meat’s flavor . The burger itself should be the star of the show. While I don’t completely disagree, sometimes I just have to try something out of the ordinary. To each their own my burger loving friends.

While searching out the burger loving Jersey folks on the web regarding the most ridiculously over the top burger creations, I received more responses than I anticipated. The response was as massive as some of the burgers that were suggested. This is going to be some journey.

My radio station mainly serves Monmouth and Ocean Counties, so I was originally going to concentrate on finding places that serve these Frankenstein type burgers closer to home. At the last minute, I decided to expand the list to include places outside of our home counties due to the overwhelming response. Jersey REALLY LOVES their burgers!

Most people mentioned burgers made with beef, but I don’t think I can leave out burgers that are made with turkey, veal, pork, plant proteins, and other non- traditional proteins. There needs to be something for everyone on choose from on this list.

Who doesn’t love to venture out on a fun road trip in search of a huge juicy burger on an early Saturday or Sunday afternoon?
I figure you can fit in a little sightseeing, maybe some shopping, and squeezing in a long walk after consuming all of those calories.

  • Smokies Craft BBQ - 333 Atlantic City Blvd, Bayville, NJ 08721

    Smokie’s creations qualify as over the top. For instance, “The Rancher” is a smash burger topped with sliced brisket, onion rings, Smokie’s Bama White, or burger sauce, and your choice of cheese.

  • Carr High Cafe - 49 Carr Ave, Keansburg, NJ 07734

    How is it that I’ve never heard of this place? Thanks to Rich M. for the introduction. If you’re among the millions of Americans who are gluten free , then this place should be your next stop. Owner, Bryan Morales wants everyone to enjoy his burgers. Low carbers can enjoy a meal here as well.

    According to Best Of New Jersey: Carr High Cafe has a separate fryer for its gluten-free fare, ensuring the food is safe. This includes menu items such as gluten-free fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, and French fries. In addition, they serve Smart buns courtesy of Smart Baking Company which are low carb and keto friendly. Even the pizzas and quesadillas use low-carb crust and tortillas. They also sell gluten-free toasted pastries that resemble Pop-Tarts.

    Now on with the burger show. There are a few that qualify as over top, but I’m going to zero in on “The Cran Turkey Burger” –   a turkey burger topped with cranberry chutney, loads of bacon, and creamy brie cheese, Then there’s the “Loco Moco” -1/3 lb beef patty on a bed of white rice topped w/ sautéed onions, mushrooms, gravy & fried egg. Sounds kind of like an egg foo young burger. If I had to choose from their list of burger creations, it would be the”More Bacon Burger.”  Just look at this photo!

     

     

  • Shut Up and Eat - 804 Main St, Toms River, NJ 08753

    Shut up and Eat has quite a few over the top burgers, but the “Elvis Burger” is probably the most extreme. Peanut butter, bacon, and fried bananas. How’s that for over the top? I also found a burger on Instagram at Shut Up and Eat called, ‘The HondaPro Burger’ it’s a 1/2 lb hamburger with-a full banana, Cap’n Crunch cereal and peanut butter on a Chocolate waffle . Insanity on  a plate.

     

     

  • The Speakeatery - 705 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    Practically everything here could qualify as over the top. The sandwich crafters here are from another planet. Creative minds create otherworldly food. Take the “Down N’ Out Burger” – The East Coast’s answer to the In & Out Burger. House seasoned burger patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, pickles, and our special sauce served on a round roll, with fries. Your choice of a single, double, triple, or quad patty.

  • Burger 25 - 199 NJ-37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753

    Another place where you can get just about any burger your creative mind desires. The Reef & Beef is: an Angus patty with melted Pepper Jack, Crispy Rock Shrimp, tossed in  Xina’s Spicy Gochujang sauce, between a fluffy Martin’s Potato Bun. My favorite; The Lamb Burger with Feta, Tzatziki, and all the good things that qualify as a burger fit for a Greek Goddess. Not sure it’s still on the menu.

     

  • The Galley - 1313 Memorial Dr, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    The Galley’s Lobster Burger is one of many that me and my favorite Jersey foodies consider extreme. It’s a 10 ounce Pat LaFrieda Patty, Fresh Lobster Claws, House Made Cheddar Sauce, Lettuce, and Garlic Aioli on a beautiful Brioche Bun. Then there’s the Galley OG– a 10 ounce Pat LaFreida patty, Aged White Cheddar, Roasted Long Hots, Roasted Red Onion, Lettuce, and Garlic Aioli on  a Brioche Bun. Go Get Your Galley on!

     

     

  • Chef Ray Sheehan's Backyard Big Mac Burger & Many More To Come

    I want to shine the spotlight on Chef Ray Sheehan’s creation. Since closing Ray’s Roadside Kitchen, Ray has been doing his food magic as a private chef and adding his sizzle to corporate events. He is planning to announce some pop up events in the very near future. Keep your eyes on his socials for an event near you.

  • Hamburgao - 288 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ 07105 & 282 Kearny Ave, Kearny, NJ 07032

    Brazilian style burgers are now on my radar thanks to Richard P. and a few other burger lovers. The list here is long my friend. If I had to choose, I’d get the Cheese Tudo.  A Beef Burger topped with Bacon, Ham, Egg, Mozzarella, Potato Sticks, lettuce tomato,  and Corn Mayo.  I hope I translated that correctly.

    Brazilian Hamburger Joint Newark

  • Buddy's JC - 247 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

    Offbeat comfort foods and burgers to satisfy big appetites can be found at Buddy’s JC. Here’s one of a few qualifiers, The Hangover- Coffee Rubbed Burger, Sunny side up egg, Bacon, Crumbled Bleu Cheese, Jalapeno Honey Aioli on a toasted English Muffin. <

  • Steve's Burgers - 506 US-46, Garfield, NJ 07026

    Many raised their hands for Steve’s. Steve’s Burger is a big seller. It’s a Beef Burger with Cheese, Onion Rings, Lettuce,Tomato, and Steve’s Special Sauce. It doesn’t sound odd, but the thing is huge. The Y.D.K.J. Burger came up several times. It features that controversial meat North Jersey calls Taylor Ham.

  • Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern - 1 E Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423

    A Bergen County  favorite with burgers and other American fare served in a circa-1790 landmark with multiple dining rooms, a bar & patio. From the Asian Salmon Burger –  A beautiful Salmon Burger served on a Toasted Sushi Rice Cake, with Asian Slaw, Avocado, and Sweet Soy Sauce, to the their popular Zabriskie Burger– A hearty burger with Sharp White Cheddar, Bacon, Aioli, topped with a huge Buttermilk Onion Ring, you’re getting quality food at this historic establishment. That Stilton Burger looks mighty fine too.

     

     

     

  • Diesel and Duke - 139 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 - Various locations

    This tiny orange house has some really big flavors and inventive combinations. The website reads: Keep Your Friends Close, Keep Your Burgers Closer. You can start with a standard burger and work your way up to a double with all kinds of offbeat toppings. They have a burger called the S.P.B.B. – It’s a burger with Peanut Butter, Bacon, and Sriracha. They offer plant protein burgers and a crazy breakfast burger too. Crazy combo fries and knock out onion rings.

     

     

     

  • Hailey's Harp & Pub - 400 Main St, Metuchen, NJ 08840

    Traditional Irish dishes and really good burgers, some of which can be considered abnormal. The All New Banshee Burger- A Beer Battered Provolone Cheese Wheel, Hot Banana Peppers, Lettuce, and Honey Mustard Dressing. Head over for a burger and a pint on Burger Mondays – $10 Burgers.

     

     

  • Prospector's Steakhouse & Saloon - 3050 NJ-38, Mt Laurel Township, NJ 08054

    Restaurant with a cowboy vibe offering steaks & burgers plus music in a dance hall & on a patio. Thanks to Cheryl H. for the suggestion. This sounds like a fun place and they have a salad bar. They have gigantic burgers at this cowboy, wild West themed place. The 3 Cheese & Bacon Burger tickles my fancy. It’s a fresh Angus Beef Burger topped  with Mayo, Thousand Island dressing, Swiss, Cheddar, Pepper jack cheese and bacon strips. Also looking at their huge Patty Melt: Certified Angus Beef Patty topped with Grilled Onions, Cheddar and Swiss cheese, Served on toasted twelve grain bread.  

    Prospectors Steakhouse & Saloon | Mt. Laurel, NJ

    The Best Country Dance Club In The Whole Northeast! The Untamed Taste of the Southwest - It Takes the Best to Make the Best. At Prospectors, we're serious about our customers. We're serious about our food and drinks and how we serve them.

  • Gouldsburger’s - 109 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield, NJ 08033

    Andra H. shouted out Gouldsburgers for some over the top creations. They start with fresh baked bread and then, the sky’s the limit because they allow you to create your own work of eating art, should you decide their signature burgers aren’t insane enough for you. I took a look at the menu, and it all looks good. I zeroed in on the Forager Melt – Caramelized Onions, Roasted Mushrooms,Swiss Cheese, Truffle Aioli. Served on Griddled House-Made Pullman Bread. 

    Think you can pull this off? Introducing “The Longest Yard” Burger Challenge.

    A giant burger made of house ground 100% Prime beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, Cooper Sharp, and our signature G-1 sauce with a large order of fries for only $35. Finish it in under 20 minutes and it’s FREE plus we will post your picture on our page.

    Please give us a day’s notice if you’re planning on giving this big boy a try as we bake our buns fresh every morning.

  • Clinton Station Diner - 2 Bank St, Clinton, NJ 08809

    I wasn’t going to include any diners on this list, as I feel the diner burger deserves it’s own exclusive category. Aaron C. changed my mind. Aaron introduced me to some of the most extreme, over the top burgers that come from the grill at Clinton Station Diner. This diner is famous for their Burger Challenges. For instance,

    If you and 9 friends can finish the “8th Wonder” (105 lbs total) in 1 hour we’ll give you $2,000! That contest must be between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and must be witnessed by CSD management.

    If you and 4 friends can finish the “Mt. Olympus” (25 lbs beef – 50 lbs Total) in 1 hour it’s on the house, plus you win $1,000!

     

  • Outlaw's Burger Barn & Creamery - 1370 S Main Rd, Vineland, NJ 08360

    South Jersey goes nuts for this place. It was one of the most suggested places in my poll. The Smokehouse Burger and the Outlaw Fries topped the list of mentions. Smokehouse Burger has Crisp bacon, house pickled jalapeno, white Cheddar, crispy onion rings, house made BBQ. The flavor of the meat, the size of the burger, and the ridiculous amount of suggestion will guide me towards this must visit burger joint.

  • Kid Rip's Tap & Tavern - 115 S Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, NJ 08078

    Kid Rips was suggested nearly as much as Outlaw’s Burger Barn. The people on the South Jersey Food Scene know good food and where to find it. They make an Elk Burger that gets rave reviews. It’s 7ounces of tender, freshly ground Elk, topped w/ black cherry onion jam & smoked gouda cheese on a toasted brioche bun w/ house chips They also have a veggie burger that even carnivores like.
    Their Mushroom Cheese Burger is ranked one of the top 25 burgers in South Jersey. It’s an 8oz patty smashed on the grill, topped with Swiss cheese, a medley of sautéed mushrooms in a Port Wine reduction on a brioche bun, served with house cut chips

  • Tony Beef - 195 S New York Rd, Galloway, NJ 08205 & 17 Bethel Rd, Somers Point, NJ 08244

    Now this could be a contender for one of the best over the top burger joints in Jersey. They occasionally serve other proteins on a limited basis. From time to time you can get a nice lean bison burger, or Elk, or alligator. Call ahead to see what’s available. Beef, chicken and black bean burgers are available on a daily basis. They have a kick ass variety of over the top burgers like the Prime Rib Burger – House Bun, Half Pound of Beef, Provolone, Grilled Onion, House Shaved Prime Rib Eye, Arugula, Horseradish Sauce. How does the Danny Devito grab ya? It’s a House Bun, Beef, Provolone, Salami, Capicola, Hot Soppressata, Marinated White Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Crushed Red Peppers, Roasted Garlic Aioli. Now for something I have a feeling will become my future favorite: What The Duck? – House Bun, Half Pound of Beef, Pepper jack, Grilled Pineapple, Bacon, Fried Onion Strings, Candied Jalapenos, Shredded Lettuce, Japanese Teriyaki

  • Harry's Smokin' BBQ - 240 Dover Rd, Toms River, NJ 08757

    Saving one of my favorite people and his kick ass crew for last. Harry may be smokin’, but his burgers are on fire. Harry lets his imagination run wild with every product he invents or re-invents. His burgers are some of the best you’ll ever eat. My favorite, Harry’s Cuban Burger is a Double Smash Burger, Pulled Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, Pickles, and Gold Sauce. His menu changes from time to time, so make sure to follow him on Instagram and Facebook for daily specials.

     

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