3. Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grille, Galloway: American Classic Burger ($9.79)

The American Classic Burger at Tailgaters in Galloway is exactly what you picture — no oddball sauces, no gimmicks — just a superbly cooked cheeseburger that makes you wonder why anyone ever tinkered with the simplistic perfection of a this meal to begin with. The bun is both soft and buttery and the kitchen staff is skilled enough to expertly navigate the subtle difference between medium and medium rare. Be forewarned — the American Classic makes for such a satisfyingly large treat that it can even be tough to finish alone, so if you order an appetizer beforehand, you can be all but certain that you will head home with a doggie bag. But that’s OK. You can chow down on those final bites as a midnight snack. TailgatersNJ.com