A Beasty Bite on Broad

Beasty Burgers has taken up residence at No Joe's on Broad Street with its wide array of signature burgers and shakes.

Call it burger au jus.

At Beasty Burger, things are done a little differently. Chef Michael Ross said the concept for his burger bar was born out of a search for the perfect burger, something that stayed juicy but ditched the grease that came along with it.

It was all so simple, really. Why not just dump it in a vat of beef juice?

That's the not so secret secret to what Ross says makes the perfect burger, now available in Red Bank. You sear off the patty and finish it off by poaching it in beef juice. The process helps dilute the grease while keeping the meat nice and moist, he said. Forget the French dip, this is the burger dip.

Beasty Burgers just opened this week, taking up residence in and outfitting the place with a full-service kitchen and improved dining room. Think of it like any other famous pairing, Baskin-Robbins for instance, Ross said, just No Joe's-Beasty Burger. The coffee house-burger joint combo is one that Ross thinks works better than you'd expect.

"It's the best of two worlds," he said Thursday, taking a break from kitchen duties. "Up front there's coffee and pastries. You can come here after dinner, have a coffee or a cappuccino and enjoy a different atmosphere. Or, if you're on your way home from the bar or just looking for somewhere to eat, you can stop in for the best burger."

Ross said he's been carrying around the Beasty Burger concept after developing it in a separate restaurant in Ocean Township. What eluded him was a place to put it. He said he finally found his spot when he tried to come to No Joe's one night at 5:30 p.m., only to find it closed. With the cafe's central downtown location and the ability of burgers to attract foot traffic, Ross said he petitioned No Joe's owner Michael Tierney to give him some space. An agreement was struck and work on converting the space for dual use followed shortly after.

Now, Ross said the place isn't closing at 5 p.m. In fact, as long as the customers come in, he said he's not turning them away no matter what the time.

But, don't mistake the place for an anytime greasy spoon. With each burger comprised of certified angus beef, the cheddar sauce having sautéed shallots and roasted garlic, and a mashed potato cake laced with truffle, this is upscale beasty.

And, of course, don't forget about the gourmet milkshakes.

To check out the Beasty Burger menu, visit www.beastyburgers.com.

Marjorie Smith May 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Sounds very tasty! I'll remember this one for next time in Red Bank, one of our favorite places.
Marc Grauer May 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
On our way again...hope there is an outside table available!
Maria V. Porter May 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Oh my, just tried a mini cheddar burger at the Gallery Walk on Friday night - it was a religious experience! INSANELY DELICIOUS! Will be back with the fam! Best of luck!!
Kimberly August 03, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Can I just say I am appauled - my coworkers and I ordered lunch from Beasty Burger, and $40 later, realized that what we ordered was not only NOTHING like what we expected, but the portioning was pathetic. $11 for a salad that was hardly filling and $8 for the smallest order of chips with salsa I have ever gotten. I must say, I will NEVER be going back there again. Not worth the money AT ALL. I honestly feel like I've been stolen from.
Beasty Burger October 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Kimberly, Sorry you had a bad first experience. If you reach out to me at enspiritedinfo@gmail.com we'd love to arrange to have you come back with a guest free of charge. As with all new businesses, sometime it takes time to work out the "kinks" and respond to important constructive criticism like yours in order to grow and serve as best you can. Thanks again for your comments. Please reach out.


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