Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

6 Burger Joints to Visit Memorial Day Weekend

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

6 Burger Joints to Visit Memorial Day Weekend

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When you think of Memorial Day weekend food, you think burgers. And as fun as backyard parties are, sometimes a trip to a local and iconic burger joint can be just as rewarding. Here is a list of the must-have burgers in North Jersey for MDW.

Boasting the tagline "what a real burger should taste like," owner Steve Chrisomamlis himself is constantly serving mouth-watering and Insta-worthy burgers. From a classic stack of meat, cheese, bacon, and fried onions to an All-American burger topped with a fried egg, bacon, and cheese, you can't go wrong with any of them. Chrisomamlis also has his own secret sauce and soda line.

Go: 506 Boulevard, Garfield; 973-772-1770; search Facebook for the page.

A diner is a must-have on your Memorial Day Weekend burger binge. Tops is an iconic spot featuring red vinyl booths and a never-ending menu. The meaty burgers are a combination of short rib, chuck and brisket and are served with classic hand-cut fries. If you're feeling adventurous, go for the Brick City Burger with Taylor Ham, yellow American cheese, and a fried egg, or keep it simple with the Basic Burger, featuring lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles. They also have gravy-covered Disco Fries that make an amazing side.

Go: 500 Passaic Ave., Harrison; 973-481-0490, thetopsdiner.com.

This small (literally, no tables) hole-in-the-wall spot can be found just off of the beaten path, but it's worth the trip. The burger combinations are off the charts, such as the S.P.B.B. with peanut butter, Sriracha, and bacon or the Holypeño with bacon, aged cheddar, jalapeño, caramelized onions, and spicy mayo. If you always have your eyes on the fries, don't miss the mouth-watering fry combos. There is another location in New Brunswick.

Go: 39 Glenridge Ave., Montclair; 973-744-0055, eatdiesel.com.

Since opening in 1939, this small diner has been slinging burgers with thinly sliced meat, onions, and cheese. Be sure to order a side of crinkle-cut french fries, and if you're a pickle lover, there's no shortage of those here. The best part? The affordable prices. A cheeseburger, fries, and small drink for under $5? This is a MDW must-visit spot. The spot is so famous that it's been featured on multiple television shows, including Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. …

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