For The Locals

For The Locals

For The Locals

Burgers aren’t just for a fun Summertime barbeque; burgers are good any time. Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, I love burgers, I love them all. I was Dr. Seuss in a past life.

Burger wars are kind of like pizza wars here in New Jersey, people like what they like, and they will tell you why their burger choice is better than yours. Let’s face it, burgers and pizza tastes are subjective and Jersey folks like to fight about it.

To make the juiciest, most flavorful burgers, I read that ground beef which is 70 percent lean and 30 percent fat is the way to go. For a burger that is a tad more healthful, but still nice and juicy, choose ground beef that is 80 percent lean and 20 percent fat.

I know there are a million different choices when it comes to protein, but I’m going to keep it simple. Maybe I’ll get more creative in a future article.

I like my burgers medium well, while my mother liked hers rare. So rare, that I thought that hunk of meat was going to get up and walk off the plate.

Some people like their burgers super thick, I’m talking so thick, it could double as a slice of meatloaf.
Some folks like them paper thin. These days, they call the super thin burgers “smash burgers”, they’ve been a big trend for over a decade now.

Smash burgers aren’t really that new, they’ve been around longer than I’ve been alive.

Back in 2007, a couple of fast-food industry guys marketed the really thin flat-top burger and gave it a name, and opened the fast-food chain, “Smashburger.”

I remember my grandpa Jack taking me to the local luncheonette on a Brooklyn street corner and watching the guy manning the griddle making these sloppy-looking thin beef patties loaded with onions and smashing them down with a metal spatula. To me, that was the original smash burger.

I am an observer of people, so much so, it heads into minutiae territory. I am a naturally curious soul and I ask a lot of questions about a lot of different subjects. So, I made my way around to the offices and studios of Beasley Media New Jersey in Manahawkin to ask several of my colleagues where they get their favorite burgers.

Here’s who weighed in:

  • Matt Knight - Program Director - Afternoon Drive Guy & Chief Cook & Bottle Washer

    Matt heads to Burlington County for his most favorite burger in the world. In fact, Matt said he would probably commit a crime to get his hands on a smash burger from  Sad Boyz, located at 5670 US-9, New Gretna, NJ 08224.  The smash burger at Sad Boyz is a double patty & double cheese on a soft brioche bun. I’ll bet his burger is accompanied by a nice mound of the super crispy fries. Sad Boyz is a strange name for a place that makes people happy.



  • Barbara Farragher - Midday Goddess & One Of The Lovliest Ladies I Know

    Barbara has a few places to grab her favorite turkey burgers.  In Monmouth County, Barbara heads to The Spring Lake Tap House at 810 NJ-71, Spring Lake, NJ 07762. You can’t beat a juicy delicious turkey burger on a nice brioche bun for just $7.00. 

    In Ocean County, Barbara hits up the River Rock at 1600 NJ-70, Brick Township, NJ 08724. Barb avoids red meat, so she sinks her teeth into their incredibly appetizing Cali Turkey Avocado Burger. A grilled turkey burger topped with ripe avocado, melted Swiss, grilled tomato, and garlic aioli on a brioche bun.

  • Dan Turi - Newly Minted Morning Guy & Entertaining Music Lover

    Dan likes a few places to grab his favorite burgers. When he’s on L.B.I. enjoying the sand and the surf for the day, he comes off the beach and heads for Woodies Drive- In at  509 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. An Old-school joint in retro digs serving creative burgers, hot dogs & housemade crab cakes. Dan goes for the classic burger in a basket with fries of course. 



    In the Toms River area, Dan hits up The Office Lounge at 820 Main St, Toms River, NJ 08753 for their scrumptious bacon cheese burger.


  • Andy Chase - All Around Good Guy & A Real Mensch - Weekends on WJRZ

    Andy loves everything Toms River, sometimes I think he should run for Mayor. It’s no wonder that Andy’s favorite place to grab a burger on the Jersey Shore is in Toms River. Andy loves Burger 25 and their Mushroom Swiss Burger. An Angus burger topped with melted Swiss, and  sautéed mushrooms on a Martin’s Famous Potato Bun with a hint of garlic butter. If that’s your choice, let me save you some time before you go and order. Just ask for the number 4. 


  • Sue Linfante - Born a Jersey Girl & Keeping It Real - Weekends on WJRZ

    Sue knows where the really good burgers are in Southern Ocean County, and one of them can be found in Forked River. When Sue is in the mood for one of her favorite burgers, she makes a bee line to Caffrey’s  at 440 US-9, Forked River, NJ 08731 for a super rare “KCL Burger”- an 8 ounce flame grilled burger topped with American cheese, bacon. barbeque sauce, and onion rings. 


  • Joanne Cruise - The Newest Addition To The WJRZ Staff

    Joanne and I may meet up at one of her favorite places to get a burger in Ocean County. She really likes Burger 25 on Route 37 in Toms River. She goes for the #1 Burger with lettuce & tomato, minus the onions, on that soft pillowy potato bun.  She was quoted as saying, “It’s so good and the fries are amazing and a must have with it for me is a chocolate or vanilla shake.” “They even have a “doggie” burger you can get for your dog to bring home.”  They captured her heart when they offered her fur baby a burger delivered fresh from Burger 25. 


  • Rob Cochran - Promotions Assistant -WJRZ AKA Atomic Rob - He Loves Hot Sauce, The Hotter, The Better

    Rob heads to Monmouth County for his favorite burger. Rob keeps things simple, he loves cheeseburgers and stays close to home. Rob’s choice is Bar Anticipation on 16th Avenue in Lake Como. His favorite: The Lake Como Burger. Made with Grade A chopped sirloin, grilled to the customer’s liking, topped with the cheese of your choice and comes with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a brioche bun. Bar A does burger Mondays, buy one, get one half price.


  • Linda Cronk - Sassy Sales Broad - WJRZ

    Linda’s my kind of girl! We like a lot of the same things! Linda chose a burger from one of my favorite places in Ocean County, Donovan’s on 70 in Manchester, N.J. Linda’s top pick is a Cheddar Bacon Burger. She’s like my mom with red meat, she likes her burger very rare. I’ve had the Greek Burger, Philly Burger, and the Donovan’s Smokehouse burger, and they were all so juicy and delicious.

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  • Steve De Jacimo - Veteran WJRZ Sales Dude & Long Time Air Guitar God

    Steve loves a burger from a fantastic place in the heart of Point Pleasant Beach called “Bam Bam Burger Co.” They get all of their meat from a local butcher and the burgers are fresh pressed daily. The rolls are delivered fresh everyday as well. I hope Steve couples those burgers with a side of either truffle fries, or those good looking cheese fries.


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