Charlie's Hamburgers, Folsom, PA



About Me

No-Bull Burger Purist, born and raised in NJ, the heart of the tri-state area and home to the oldest (and best) burger joints in the country. I don't need all the frilly toppings, happy servers or trendy decor, just a good burger...

Monday, March 14, 2022

Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers - Linden, NJ


810 West Edgar Rd., Linden, NJ

Freddy's original double w/cheese.
(Two Steakburger patties, American cheese, mustard, onion & pickle on a toasted bun). 

After waiting 4 full minutes, and being 1 second away from leaving, a pleasant voice came through the drive-through speaker apologizing for the delay and asking me what I'd like. I replied: "what are you famous for?" - "Frozen custard and our original burger". I opted for the burger only and was asked if I was okay with mustard and onion... I replied "yes" even though I'm from the northeast, which means I've been conditioned my whole life to believe that ketchup is the only suitable condiment for a burger.

I paid, collected my order, and pulled around the building to a parking spot to devour my purchase. The inside of my truck smelled of onion and beef by the time I could get the car in park. I unwrapped it to find an exquisitely built burger with a cotton-soft bun. Although the burger patties are the thinnest I've ever encountered, Freddy's did not disappoint. There was plenty of crisp, leathery beef to satisfy anyone who loves the taste of rendered beef fat.  

I'll be back...

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Burgerstrasse, Clifton, NJ



BurgerStrasse, 14 Market St., Clifton, NJ

The HausBurger - Single patty, (Pat LaFreida, brisket, chuck, short rib blend), lettuce, tomato, red onion, American cheese and HausSauce on potato bun.

This was a rare, holy-sh*t ! moment...
Those are the words I spoke to myself when I first bit into the Hausburger at BurgerStrasse. I wasn't expecting such a great tasting burger. Everything about it was perfect. It's very similar to a Shake Shack burger with the exception of the Sauce. I liked the HausSauce better because it's a milder version of SS's "ShackSauce" and doesn't compete with the flavor of the burger.
There's not much more I can add to the description of this perfectly executed meat sandwich, other than, go try some!

This burger gets a 10/10 on the BC rating scale.

I knew it was going to exceed my expectations as soon as I opened the take-out box and smelled that burger blend...


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Goffle Grill - Hawthorne, NJ

1140 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ

The (famous) Texas Weiner & a Cheeseburger w/RO

I've been told the GG has been around since 1979, and they (like many other Texas wiener joints in Jersey) are serving up deep fried Thumans hot dogs the right way.

My humble opinion based on my first visit... 
In the fiercely competitive New Jersey hotdog arena, including but not limited to: Rutt's Hut, Hiram's Roadside, John & Hanges, The Hot Grill - (the list goes on...), the Goffle Grill delivers the goods and earns respect.

No idea how I ordered a Texas wiener without chopped raw onion, but I did... and like all the other errors, faults and mistakes in today's world, I'm blaming my poor ordering on Covid.

Long story short... this is a great lunch stop, my hotdogs were served piping hot with fresh condiments and fresh bread. And at $3.29 for a tasty cheeseburger cooked to my temperature request, it can't be beat. And no, the burger wasn't huge, but it was cooked to a medium temperature and with my addition of raw onion, I thought it was delicious. I'm definitely going to jump around the menu the next time I visit, I'm sure most all the sandwiches and sides are well worth a try.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

MrBeast Burger - Wayne, NJ

245 Berdan Ave, Wayne, NJ - (AKA, Positano Restaurant & Pizzeria).

Short History:
MrBeast Burger is an American delivery-only fast-food restaurant chain founded by YouTuber, Jimmy Donaldson (MrBeast), in partnership with Virtual Dining Concepts, LLC.

The food is cooked via a "ghost kitchen" and picked up or delivered through the MrBeast app.

Ghost kitchen - definition: 
Also known as a delivery-only restaurant, virtual kitchen, shadow kitchen, commissary kitchen, cloud kitchen or dark kitchen, is a professional food prep and cooking facility set up for the preparation of delivery-only meals. 

In other words, you can't sit in Positano Restaurant in Wayne, NJ and order a MrBeast burger - your food must be ordered via the MrBeast app and either picked-up or delivered. 
Furthermore, you can't place an order at any MrBeast Burger location and expect to sit and eat it at that location after you've picked it up. Pick-up or delivery, that's whatcha got.

Food Quality:
The most common issues with ghost kitchen cooking are quality and presentation. The presentation of my Karl's Deluxe burger is evidence of that (check my photos). 
Since the chain is operated as a ghost kitchen, the orders are cooked by the staff of the volunteering restaurant, (in this case, Positano's), so the quality of an order is going to depend on the location it was ordered from. 
Donaldson has been addressing complaints on Twitter, stating, "I’ll be the first to admit we are not perfect! 
(Even the most well-established brick-and-mortar restaurants struggle with food continuity issues, good luck with a ghost kitchen!) 

Good News:
Since Donaldson's menu fit into most restaurants without the need for training or new equipment, MrBeast Burger became a secondary source of revenue for struggling restaurants during our year of Covid


Beast Style Double (as advertised):
Smashed crispy beef patties with house seasoning, American cheese, pickles, diced white onion, mayo, ketchup, and brown mustard on a soft roll.

My comments:
$6.99 for a double cheeseburger, pricey? maybe; but with 5Guys selling a double CB for $8.69 (also in Wayne, NJ), I'd say this was a pretty good value for the burger(s) I ate. They are thin, loosely packed patties with just enough crispness and what I'd say is a good dose of salt and pepper. They are juicy and full of flavor, (aka-fat). I'm going to go back to MrBeast's Wayne location soon in order to make sure this review wasn't skewed by my "hangryness" at the time.

Karl's Deluxe:
A patty melt served Karl's Style with a crispy seasoned beef patty, caramelized onions & cheese on a toasty inverted bun - $6.49.

My comments:
Same comments as the Beast Style Double only my Karl's Deluxe was not presented well at all and it really needed a  second patty to help with the burger-to-bun ratio.

I give the Beast Style Double an overall rating of 7.6

Karl's Deluxe was below a 6 - (Won't be ordering you again Karl!) See my rating scale below...

That's it for now, I'll try to get back to Positano's for a second tasting when I'm not so "hangry" - after that, I'll be trying a second, new MrBeast location to see how the quality and presentation compare.


Booty from Positano's (MrBeast's ghost kitchen in Wayne, NJ)

I told you Karl's Deluxe was below a 6 on my rating scale... tasty  meat, but just thrown together...

Karl's Deluxe

MrBeast Style Double

Not much love went into the caramelized onions - things like this are dropping MrBeast's quality ratings.

BC Rating Scale:

1.0 - 2.9  Epic-Crap-Fail 
3.0 - 5.9  Won't be back 
6.0 - 7.9  Would try again if convenient. 
8.0 - 8.9  I'll definitely be back 
9.0 - 10   Keep'em coming 

Mr. Beast Burger - (Beast Style Double)
Criteria for ratings:
(I rate each category with a 1 to 10 rating)

Meat flavor - 7.5
Juiciness - 6.5
Size - 7
Freshness - 7.5
Burger to bun ratio - 8.5
Bun Type - 7
Overall taste with selected condiments - 7.5
Edibility - 10
Temperature - 7