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10 Top Burger Picks in Philadelphia and New Jersey

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by Caroline Coral
Updated October 21, 2021

The genesis of the beef-on-bun combo known as the hamburger might be forever shrouded in mystery — there are at least six different people that claim to be responsible for its invention — but regardless of who came up with the burger, its appeal is undeniable.

Throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey, burger options abound, from pared-down smashburgers topped with a simple combo of lettuce, tomato and onion, to patties finished with bacon and eggs designed for brunch-time enjoyment. Up and down the New Jersey coastline and into Philadelphia, these are the spots serving can’t-miss burgers.

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4.8 (373)
$30 and under
Contemporary Korean
Rittenhouse Square
About the restaurant

SouthGate’s fun take on Korean-American fusion makes for a menu full of creative pub fare such as twice-fried soy wings, crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in a kimchi vinaigrette, and fries topped with garlic and gochujang aioli. The spin on a burger is no exception — it begins with a bulgogi-marinated beef patty finished with sautéed kimchi, bacon, cheese, aromatic perilla leaves, and Kewpie mayo.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Staff was very friendly and the food was delicious!
A photo of Booker's Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.5 (1458)
$30 and under
University City
About the restaurant

Named for Booker Wright, a server featured in the documentary Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story, this West Philadelphia American restaurant offers a quartet of burger options for vegetarians, pescatarians, and everyone in between. A salmon burger is glazed with chipotle honey, a black bean burger comes with white cheddar and sriracha aioli, a turkey patty is garnished with spring mix, tomato, red onion and cilantro, and the Booker’s burger is 100 percent angus rounded out with caramelized onions, blue cheese and bespoke special sauce.

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
This was our second time and it just was as wonderful this time as the first. And the food was fantastic!!
A photo of Village Whiskey PHL restaurant
4.6 (495)
$30 and under
Rittenhouse Square
About the restaurant

Celebrity chef Jose Garces’s recently revamped burger and cocktail bar has been putting out two of Philly’s favorite burgers since 2009. The Village Burger gained a fast following with a thick patty served with Thousand Island dressing on a house-made bun, and those looking for something a bit more decadent could upgrade to the Whiskey King, a serious burger that sees the addition of applewood-smoked bacon, Roth Moody blue cheese, maple bourbon cipollini onions, and seared foie gras. The newly updated menu includes turkey and beef smash burgers as well as a black bean and lentil veggie burger with guac and pickled cabbage.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great food, lots of options for appetizers. Burgers were amazing and lots of drink options
A photo of Rouge restaurant
4.4 (390)
$30 and under
Center City
About the restaurant

This Rittenhouse institution is responsible for kicking off Philadelphia’s fancy burger revolution. Going strong for the past 23 years, the recipe for the park-facing restaurant’s namesake burger has remained unchanged — a juicy beef patty sandwiched into a soft brioche roll with lettuce, tomato, housemade pickles, Gruyere, and sweet caramelized onions.

Top review
Dined on Mar 2, 2020
Had a wonderful lunch at Rouge! Was perfect weather so the front of restaurant was all opened. Drinks were fabulous and food was excellent:) Wait staff couldn't have been any better!!! So attentive and helpful!!!!
A photo of Frankie - Jersey City restaurant
4.9 (308)
$30 and under
Jersey City
About the restaurant

Frankie is Jersey City’s stylish ode to international cuisine and natural wine. The restaurant’s two burger options include a straightforward Frankie burger with double patties, pickles, and cheddar served with fries seasoned with Australia’s favorite seasoning, chicken salt. Vegans can go for a burger made with quinoa, chickpeas and sunflower seeds. No matter which you choose, pair it with a glass of the restaurant’s standout wine.

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Delicious food, super kind staff (shout out to Magy) stayed beyond closing because my group and I were enjoying it so much.
A photo of Laree Adda restaurant
3.9 (5)
$50 and over
Jersey City
About the restaurant

Inspired by the tea houses of India and Pakistan, Laree Adda offers a menu of curries, roti, and naan, along with street food options such as kati rolls and Chapli, Pakistan’s take on burgers. While the Chapli might look like a classic burger complete with lettuce, tomato and onions, this one sets itself apart with a richly spiced patty and green chutney.

Top review
Dined on Mar 2, 2022
Clean and friendly place to eat,yummy food ,a must try.
A photo of Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen - The Oyster Bar restaurant
4.4 (1443)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant

Jockey Hollow brings together four dining concepts: a brasserie, beer hall, cocktail bar, and fine-dining destination. The brasserie area, The Oyster Bar, has a solid lineup of seafood-centric options, plus a popular burger complete with Jersey Girl Scamorza, onion jam and special sauce, served with a side of salt-and-vinegar fries.

Top review
Dined on Jan 2, 2022
The service was excellent! All our food order was very well presented and tasted great! Will go again!
A photo of Mistral restaurant
4.6 (2988)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant

Predictably, Princeton’s premier destination for new American fare doesn’t disappoint. Instead of the usual pancakes and eggs Benedict, Mistral thinks outside of the weekend daytime dining box with a menu that runs from croque madame and pan mee ramen, to a big-time brunch burger garnished with bacon jam, garlic aioli, and a runny fried egg.

Top review
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
A fantastic start to the new year. Beautiful food in a great atmosphere.
A photo of The Swine Bar restaurant
4.7 (292)
$31 to $50
North Wildwood
About the restaurant

This raw bar and barbecue spot overlooking a marina in North Wildwood knows that surfers can’t survive on shrimp cocktails and oysters alone. Its patty lineup of includes a barbecue burger finished with pulled pork and Swine Bar’s signature sauce; a South-of-the-border-inspired Baja burger with avocado, jalapeños, and chipotle mayo; and a protein-packed option

for those who need to recharge after a morning of riding the Wildwood swells. The Surfer burger comes with bacon, Swiss, salsa, and a fried egg.

Top review
Dined on Sep 24, 2022
Very good over-all experience and will be back soon.
A photo of Deal Lake Bar + Co restaurant
4.5 (537)
$30 and under
Asbury Park
About the restaurant

This sizable outdoor dining destination channels big beach town energy with buckets full of beers, prosecco, and splits of rosé alongside a menu of crowd-pleasing items with plenty of burger options. “On the DL” is Deal Lake’s series of smashburgers, with choices of classic beef, turkey, or Impossible Meat. Deal Lake’s to- tier burger is a Waygu patty stuffed with brie and topped off with a fig aioli.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Food and atmosphere are great. Staff is friendly. One of my favorite go to places for a night out.
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