Newark, NJ 07102
- Cost: $
- Credit Cards: All Major
- Alcohol: None
- Parking: Street, Metered
- Take Out: Yes
November 6, 2015
EthnicNJ loves ethnic mash-ups like Burger Walla, Newark’s South Asian-flavored burger joint.
Indian inspired burgers? Why not. In a narrow, family-owned restaurant on Newark’s Halsey Street, Kai and Tamara Campbell have been tweaking all-American burger assumptions for almost a year at their popular local eatery.
Burger Walla (“burger maker”) serves homemade burger blends with Indian spices. The lamb burger is a tasty mint chutney-infused ground lamb patty served with goat cheese, spicy pickle, caramelized onions, and tomatoes on a potato bun. Beef, chicken, shrimp and veggie burgers, each accompanied by masala spices or Indian chutneys, and flat-grilled hot dogs round out the menu. There are also specials like the Lil’ Havana burger. You can buy fries on the side at Burger Walla, but you can also order sweet potato tots, samosas and an excellent cauliflower and chickpea curry.
Beyond Boylan sodas on tap, try a Mango lassi yogurt drink instead of a traditional milkshake. For dessert, there’s sweet paratha flatbread topped with caramel, nutella, jam or powdered sugar.
Burger Walla is in the University Heights neighborhood on Halsey Street, Newark’s up and coming restaurant row, one block from the Rutgers University Newark campus. The counter and grill fill most of the the length of the former row house. There are a couple of tables in the window, more in the roomier back of the restaurant. The spot does a brisk eat in and take out business. The Campbells also host community performances and events.
Newark has Krug’s for a classic pub-style burger. Like Bombay Local Pizza (formerly in Vorhees, NJ, now a food truck in Philly), or the Brazilian Hamburgão franchise in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood, Burger Walla is worth a visit to taste global flavors applied to traditional ethnic “American” food. Jersey does this well.
47 Halsey Street