Burger Land: New Jersey Sliders Pictures

George tours New Jersey to find some of the best sliders and some of the most original burgers around.

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"In a category by itself, the frita or Cuban hamburger, is only available on and around 8th St. in Miami, FL. If you are in search of unique hamburger experiences, this one should top your list. The frita was part of the Cuban Revolution exodus of the 1950s and one of the best examples today can be found at El Mago de las Fritas. El Mago is Spanish for "the magician." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"The frita starts with a patty loaded with spices and sometimes ground chorizo. After flattened on the griddle with chopped onion, the patty is doused with a thin red sauce. The burger bubbles in the sauce and is transferred to a toasted bun where a nest of thin-cut-fried potatoes are placed on top. Ketchup is added and cheese is offered but as my good friend Burger Beast told me once, 'Cheese is not traditional.' Thanks to the Beast, I never get cheese on my frita." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"Guy's is a fully-functioning meat market on the south side of Houston. People have been coming here for steaks and sausages since 1939 but when Brad Dickens added a burger to the menu 25 years ago Guy's became a burger destination. The burgers are sold starting at 11 AM but Guy's limits their output to 200 a day. If you are late, you'll surely miss out." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"What's unique about the burgers at Guy's is that they are smoked -- think slow-cooked ribs and brisket. One would think that smoking a burger would lead to disastrous results but Guy's has it down. Texas food critic and friend Robb Walsh convinced me that the best way to enjoy this burger is with pickles, chopped onions and a healthy dose of Guy's housemade barbeque sauce (not as pictured). Take the advice and take a trip to burger heaven." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"This tiny shack in the center of Prairie du Chien, WI, has been serving burgers to a faithful local crowd for almost 100 years and their signature burger is anything but a standard patty. Only open for the warmer months of the year, Pete's burgers are steamed in a big tank filled with onions and water." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"Local burger expert Todd Mcllwee said it best when he described the burgers at Pete's as 'poached.' To a large shallow-lipped griddle filled with boiling water, the cook adds wads of fresh ground beef. The wads are pressed into patties and cooked until done, bubbling and bobbing in the tank. In the center of the griddle is an enormous pile of thinly sliced onion steamed to perfection. I know it sounds gross, but Pete's burgers are pure heaven and I want one now." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"New Jersey has no shortage of great slider emporiums (the original American burger popularized by White Castle in the 1920s). For a true step back in time you must visit a place like the White Rose System in Linden, NJ, where owner Rich Belfer definitely knows how to keep a burger tradition alive." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"It may not look like much but the hamburgers from the first half of the 20th century looked like this, not bloated, dripping with 4 types of cheese and jalapenos, etc. To me this is the true essence of the American hamburger -- simple, uncomplicated, tasty and enduring." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"From the outside you'd never know that a world-class burger experience awaits. With its vintage signage and glass block facade, Workingman's Friend looks the part of a spartan comfortable neighborhood hang that also happens to serve one of the tastiest burgers in America." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

"It looks absurd but the double cheeseburger at Workingman's Friend is amazing. Fresh ground beef is pressed so thin on the flattop griddle that the result is a burger that has an almost lacy, crunchy outer perimeter. Chase this beauty with their signature 32-oz. Frosty Fish Bowl of tap beer and plan on napping afterwards." - George Motz 960 1280

George Motz  

New Burger Finds  10 Photos

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Rossi's Bar & Grill

Rossi's Bar & Grill

George chows down on a burger from Rossi’s Bar & Grill in Trenton, NJ. Find even more burgers on the Burger Land site! 960 1280

  

El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago de las Fritas

The family-owned El Mago de las Fritas in West Miami. 960 1280

  

A classic Cuban frita

A classic Cuban frita

A classic Cuban frita, covered in thinly-cut fried potatoes at El Rey de las Fritas in Miami. 960 1280

  

El Rey de las Fritas

El Rey de las Fritas

George meets Mercedes, the owner of El Rey de las Fritas. 960 1280

  

Pincho Factory

Pincho Factory

The food prep area at Miami’s Pincho Factory. 960 1280

  

Latin Burger food truck

Latin Burger food truck

A burger beauty at the Latin Burger food truck in Miami. 960 1280

  

George meets Jim Heins

George meets Jim Heins

George meets Jim Heins, owner of the Latin Burger food truck, which is reminiscent of a Cuban street vendor. 960 1280

  

George meets up with comedian Jeff Garlin

George meets up with comedian Jeff Garlin

George meets up with comedian Jeff Garlin at Charlie's, an old farm-to-table favorite hidden within the Original Los Angeles Farmer's Market. 960 1280

  

George stops by Irv's

George stops by Irv's

George stops by Irv's, one of his all-time favorite hamburger stands, which is at risk of being forced to close its doors forever if it doesn’t get support from the mayor of West Hollywood. 960 1280

  

George and local LA burger-lover Brad Morris

George and local LA burger-lover Brad Morris

George and local LA burger-lover Brad Morris eat hamburgers at Charlie's. 960 1280

  

George visits the Apple Pan

George visits the Apple Pan

George visits the Apple Pan, a nostalgic favorite in LA that’s known for its burgers as well as its pie. 960 1280

  

George stands outside Pie 'n Burger

George stands outside Pie 'n Burger

George stands outside Pie 'n Burger, a classic burger joint that celebrates the American traditions of burgers and pie in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

  

Village Bar

Village Bar

At the Village Bar in Madison, WI, Mark Kampa hands George Motz one of their burgers, popular with Madison Badgers fans. 960 1280

  

Hamburgao

Hamburgao

A traditional Brazilian hamburger from Hamburgao in Newark, NJ. 960 1280

  

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

Rich, the owner of White Rose System in Linden, NJ, prepares eggs on the grill. 960 1280

  

George goes a little bit country. 960 1280

  

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

George and Nick discuss the Jersey burger at White Rose System in Linden, NJ. 960 1280

  

ete's in Prairie du Chien, WI

ete's in Prairie du Chien, WI

George Motz talks to a customer outside Pete's in Prairie du Chien, WI, where they boil their burgers in water instead of frying them. 960 1280

  

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

At Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI, George tries the Butter Burger – made with (you guessed it!) a heaping dollop of butter. 960 1280

  

White Rose System

White Rose System

After sampling a Jersey Burger, George leaves the White Rose System on his way to the next New Jersey burger joint! 960 1280

  

White Rose System

White Rose System

Rich works his magic behind the grill at White Rose System. 960 1280

  

Rossi's in Trenton, NJ

Rossi's in Trenton, NJ

George has a burger and a beer at Rossi's in Trenton, NJ. 960 1280

  

White Manna's in Hackensack, NJ

White Manna's in Hackensack, NJ

George visits White Manna's in Hackensack, NJ, to try the classic sliders. 960 1280

  

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

George Motz and Melanie Roberts bite into Butter Burgers at Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI. 960 1280

  

White Manna's

White Manna's

George takes a trip to White Manna's – one of his favorite burger joints. 960 1280

  

White Manna’s

White Manna’s

Ron preps burgers on the grill at White Manna’s. 960 1280

  

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