I love a good dive bar. The seedier the better. Some duct tape holding one of the barstools together? Perfect.

But is there such thing as a dive burger joint?

Not quite the same, but if your definition is a simple place, unpretentious, that’s clearly just about getting a good burger and getting in and out without the window dressing and ‘ambiance’, then the website cheapism.com may have nailed it with their New Jersey pick.

cheeseburger and fries on plate served with beer at restaurant

They ran a story on the best hole-in-the-wall burger joint in every state. As they put it,

Sometimes, the most unassuming joints hold the biggest secrets, and it's a given that if a restaurant has been around for decades, there's good reason.

New Jersey’s best?

White Manna in Hackensack.

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Google Maps

From cheapism:

Founded in 1939, White Manna (not to be confused with White Mana in Jersey City) is one of the nation's original slider joints. Burgers are small — most people order three or more — but inexpensive and tasty, with thinly sliced onions fried with the beef, and potato buns steamed on top.

White Manna via Facebook
White Manna via Facebook

It’s a small place, so good luck getting a seat at the counter. But if you do you get to see them cook your masterpiece before your hungry eyes.

There are many joints like this in the Garden State. As their site mentioned the similar White Mana in Jersey City, and another that comes to mind is the White Diamond in Clark. They’re all a little different but definitely have the beloved hole-in-the-wall feel.

White Manna Hamburgers via Facebook
White Manna Hamburgers via Facebook

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