NJ Dining: Hamburgão

288 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ
(973) 465-1776

282 Kearny Ave, Kearny, NJ
(201) 991-1771

654 Market St, Newark, NJ
(973) 465-0777

My younger brother, Brandon, had been visiting for a week and it was time to bring him to the airport for his flight home. But not wanting him to fly to L.A. on an empty stomach, I took him to one of my favorite ethnic hamburger places, Hamburgão in Newark.

As I documented in earlier post(s) about Brazilian Sanduiche and Brazilian Hot Dogs, Brazilians are quite serious about their junk food. They love to stack sandwiches high with all sorts of toppings you and I might think as weird or excessive — but once you’ve had a Brazilian sandwich, you’re going to be hooked.

The Hamburgão store on Lafayette Street in Newark. The name is pronounced “Ham-bur-gay-o

Hamburgão menu. Click here to zoom in

Crazy delicious burger and sandwich combinations await at Hamburgao. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.

Counter Area.

Dining Room

Brazilians are quite serious about their burgers.

The pastry counter at Hamburgão. My favorite thing here is the Pão de Queijo or cheese bread, which is made from manioc flour and lots of Parmesan cheese. Many places sell Pao de Queijo in Newark, but I happen to like Hamburgao’s a lot.

A selection of Brazilian meat pastries — Chicken balls, Arabian Pastry, and a Pao de Queijo.

Chicken ball cross section. These are deep fried and filled with potato and a chicken/Catupiry cream cheese mixture.

Arabian Pastry. You can get this filled with beef in addition to the chicken/catupiry combo above.

The Hamburgao Beef sandwich. This consists of special locally baked sandwich bread, steak, Presunto (Portuguese Prosciutto), Bacon, Mozzarella, Fried Egg, Corn, Potato Stix, Lettuce, Tomato and Mayo. A veritable giant in the annals of sandwichdom.

Hamburgao Beef sandwich with a few bites in it to display the cross section.

Hamburgao also has “Special Sauce” at the table for adding to your sandwich.

The “Cheese Tudo” sandwich (Photo by jsmooth995) accompanied by a bottle of Sumol, a popular Brazilian orange-flavored soda similar to Orangina.

A Brazilian Hot Dog.

Brazilian Hot Dog cross section.

18 Responses to NJ Dining: Hamburgão

  1. And I forgot to mention, the place is dirt cheap. The Hamburgao Beef sandwich is the most expensive one on the menu, its $6 and it is a MASSIVE sandwich.

  2. mikeelliott1 says:

    Place looks absolutely fantastic. And for those prices, definitely worth the trip.


  3. pete ganz says:

    We get takeout from the Kearny location all the time…great stuff. Just a little correction on the pronunciation. It’s more like ham-boor-GOAN (goan rhyming with own). A bit tough for non-native speakers, but the ão at the end of portuguese words sounds like a very nasally “own”.

  4. I don’t understand why a place like this isn’t in every city in America.

  5. Jon says:

    Because Potato Stix and corn on stuff SEEMS a lot weirder than it really is…

  6. IHeartGarlic says:

    I don’t get the potato sticks. I’ve been to a number of Brazilian sandwich places and know they “pile it on” with loads of unusual stuff but I’ve never had potato sticks on them.

  7. David says:

    The potato sticks actually give it a crunchy texture to your soft bread/burger. OTB should check out Altas Horas on Ferry St in Newark. They have the ultimate burger! Chicken breast, burger, steak, presunto, fried egg, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, potato sticks and corn! All on one sandwich!

    What I love about these Brazilian sandwich shops is that most of them are open well passed midnight and some are 24/7.

  8. sam says:

    Definetely the greatest burgers in the world!!I warn you though, only go if youre really hungry because theyre very big, like 4 inches in height and stuffed with like 10 things, as big as a CD, its so simple bt so delicious.

  9. fern says:

    Sumol isn’t a Brazilian drink. It’s Portuguese. Guarana is from Brazil

  10. Kimi Wei says:

    I’m going to try this place very soon with my little Brazilian-language group. If you like to speak Portuguese once a month come and join us in northern NJ . Great looking burgers, Jason!

  11. Kaitlyn says:

    Me and my boyfriend go to the one in kearny all the time. I’m portuguese & brazilian and he was very skeptical about the potato sticks and everything else, but he absolutely loved it! The chicken balls are one of my favorite things. And their special sauce is absolutely great! Its made of mayo, ketchup, onions and other things but its fantastic, i put it on everything. But SUMOL is a portuguese drink, not brazilian and their prices are reasonable because its such a big portion. I recommend this to all my friends, but if you’re looking for just a snack this is not the place to go! You better bring your appetite.

  12. Elaine says:

    It’s the best place to get a quick bit….and its very cheap. I totally recomend.

  13. rochelle says:

    the first time I had one of these sandwiches, I was only able to eat half, and was still stuffed! at 3 months pregnant I was finally able to finish a whole one!! my boyfriend and I go to the one in Kearny every 2 months or so, and tonight will be another one of those nights, my mouth has been watering for hours thinking about this truly awsome sandwich! recommend this fod to everyone

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  15. Pinky says:

    This is the best place to get good burgers and sandwiches plus their soups are amazing! It has been a while I haven’t been there but really looking forward this summer.

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  17. Jairo says:

    Seriously, the best burger…hands down. We play in a weekend recreational football league. The Cheese egg burger sandwich is the reason we get up to play.

  18. Sumol is not a Brazilian drink… It’s Portuguese… The Brazilian soda is called Guarana :)

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