New Jersey Monthly’s “Great Burger Showdown”

The results of New Jersey Monthly‘s first ever Burger Cook-off were a bit surprising.  Well, at least visually surprising. You can view all of the candidates’ entries and their close ups here.  As you will see, there were some very pretty contestants.  But, according to the judges, when it comes to burgers, it’s all about the beauty that lies within.

Montclair’s, Next Door took first place for its very simple design and well executed mixture of beef cuts. 80 percent lean/20 percent fat chuck, plus hanger steak and short rib.  And the essential ingredient according to Owner/Chef, Zod Arifai? Salt.

Less is evidently more when it comes to the perfect hamburger. You can check out some highlights from the competition on YouTube here. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to take a road trip to Montclair.

Deborah Smith is the Founder and Executive Editor of  Launched in 2007 as a home for her growing collection of recipes, Jersey Bites soon grew into a hub for all things edible in the Garden State. Deborah is also the owner of Parents With Nannies, Inc. which operates a network of nanny employment websites established in 1999.  In her spare time, (Ha) she works as a Social Media consultant and speaker.  You can learn more about her services and marketing through social media on her blog