Give Dad a Day Off from the Grill: Celebrate Father’s Day With NJ’s Best Burgers




If Father’s Day has snuck up on you and your dad doesn’t need another tie or tool, why not take him out for some quality time spent over a delicious burger? New Jersey is full of fabulous bars, taverns, and even fast-casual joints where you can sit, relax, and enjoy a mouthwatering meal without having to fire up your own grill.

Take a look at our list of eateries where you can find a burger worthy of dear old Dad this Father’s Day.

The Committed Pig – Morristown, Summit

The award-winning restaurant serves double patty burgers made with a short rib, hangar steak, and brisket blend provided by Pat La Frieda NY. Delish named the BYOB’s bacon burger the best in the state.

Zin Burger – Cherry Hill, Clifton, Edison, Jersey City, Morris Plains, Paramus

With multiple locations throughout New Jersey, the boutique burger chain, which first opened in Clifton, serves fresh meat ground in-house twice daily and served on freshly baked buns. Burger lovers can enjoy made-to-order burgers paired with wine or hand-dipped milk shakes.

Krug’s Tavern – Newark

Since 1932, this Ironbound-based tavern has been known for its legendary burgers, which are cooked behind the bar. If Dad likes a classic dive, you’ll want to add this iconic spot to your burger quest. The onion rings get high marks too!

White Manna – Hackensack

This burger joint, located alongside the Hackensack River, made Thrillist’s Best Burgers in America list, thanks to its juicy, retro style. If the dad in your life likes to keep things classic and casual, this is the perfect spot.

The Iron Horse – Westwood

Known as the home of the famous “stuffed” cheeseburger, The Iron Horse has won the coveted Best Burger in the State award three times. The beer selection is pretty impressive too.

Cloverleaf Tavern – Caldwell

Operating continuously for 80 years, this tavern boasts award-winning burgers. If Dad’s already got plans for Sunday, enjoy The Cloverleaf’s burger deal on Monday when you can buy one Burger and get the second burger for half price. If your pop is in the mood for a real treat, the Blended Burger is back. This beauty features 25 percent short rib, 25 percent brisket, 25 percent chuck and 25 percent shiitake mushrooms. It’s grilled and topped with braised short rib, imported Irish cheese, mushroom Guinness gravy, crispy onions, arugula and rosemary-horseradish aoli. Is your mouth watering yet?

Blue Monkey Tavern – Merchantville

This tavern, which underwent a transformation in 2008, turns up the heat on pub classics – particularly its burger. Both its meat and veggie burgers garner rave reviews as does the beer selection.

30 Burgers – Princeton, and Dunellen

Talk about a recipe for success! 30 Burgers was founded in 2014 by the owners of 25 burger restaurants to “create a destination concept rivaling any burger joint in the country,” according to the chain’s website. Featuring a 7oz certified Angus beef burger, 30 burgers focuses on dressing up those patties with “innovative and tantalizing toppings, condiments, sauces, and anything else that tastes good on a burger!” If Dad likes the idea of customizing his lunch or dinner, here you go!

Lucky Bones – Cape May

The backwater grille is known for its fresh patties made to order as well as its Burger of the Month special. If Dad’s got a craving for the island life, check out this month’s featured burger: The Flying Hawaiian, an 8oz house blend burger, topped with pepper bacon, grilled pineapple, melted cheddar, chipotle mayo and more.

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