Los Angeles, CA 90016(323) 934-5390
JNJ Burger Shack Website
JNJ Burger Shack was just that...a shack--with a kitchen and a cash register on one side and a BBQ joint on the other side. The journey with Colonel Mustard, Side Of Fries, and Pepsi Max took us to the burger side. Outdoor seating--plastic chairs and tables--gravel underfoot--a tent-like awning to protect diners from hungry birds and the elements. JNJ Burger Shack had a very backyard feel to it. The principle sound heard in the background was our lunch sizzling on the griddle--just like a backyard BBQ. The service was friendly and courteous, and they nailed the order from drinks to fries.
The Burger Breakdown...
The JNJ Cheeseburger was a monster--two 1/3 pound patties and two slices of cheese. It was a lot of cheeseburger for 5 bucks.
The Beef: A conversation with the owner (?) revealed that they used the "Johnny Rockets" blend of ground beef for their burgers as ordered from the supplier. It tasted of 80:20 ground chuck with some rib meat cut in to add funk and depth. Further, there was something aged in there to deliver a tasty front note.
The Sear: Magnificent, crunchy, deep, dark, and hearty all accurately described what happened there.
The Preparation: The irregular patties were shaped loosely and by hand, but there was a binder in there (egg?) which created a firm bite in spite of the gentle handling of the medium-coarse grind in creating those loosely formed patties. This meant that the burger was cooked to Well Done on the small, crazy-hot griddle, since raw egg in a cheeseburger would have been nasty. That was OK, because that binder served to preserve the moisture, which would have otherwise vaporized. It had a bit of a meatloafy, damp chewiness to it, and that was welcome in a Well Done burger, which would have been crumbly or rubbery otherwise.
The Seasoning: Finally--seasoning both inside and out. They hit it with a proprietary blend of spices, all of which served to highlight the beefy and aged notes of the quality blend.
The Cheese: Nicely melted American--they melted the cheese onto the patty while it was still on the grill.
|A little too much bun|
Meat to Bun Ratio: I didn't finish my bun, because I wanted to enjoy the meat and cheese by themselves. The ratio was skewed to the bun. This cheeseburger didn't actually ooze much juice due to the preparation, so a less mighty bun would have sufficed.
The Fries: Damned tasty and crispy.
JNJ Burger Shack served one of the best burgers that we have tried in Los Angeles. The value was remarkable, and the quality was strong. I am glad that it is close to my house so that I can go more often.
Burger Review : It's a monster, but it's so good that you can't help but finish it. A damn good burger.
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