Carnegie John’s $4 Cheeseburger: Grilled & Griddled, It’s the Best of Both Worlds

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Charcoal broiled Cheeseburgers remind me that summer grilling is on the way. There are few better thoughts.

This is the $4 cheeseburger from Carnegie John’s street cart on 56th near 7th Avenue and it’s delicious. First it’s griddled, then charcoal-grilled, then put back on the griddle before being covered in American cheese, shredded lettuce, and tomato. It’s a two-hand burger and it’s only $4. Go pick one up and eat it outside. Read on for Carnegie John’s other go-to option for a cheap and tasty lunch…

Carnegie John is a one-man wrecking crew, simultaneously flipping burgers, grilled chicken, hot dogs, Italian susages, and even steaks from the griddle to the grill and back. This process leaves all the meat juicy and moist while adding a backyard grill flavor that will transport you to a Sunday afternoon in July. As “Carnegie” John Antoniou says on NYMag.com, “It seals in the juice and gives everything a nice flavor.” Simple yet effective.

Tony “The Dragon” Dragonas, who operates his own cart on 62nd Street and Madison, taught Carnegie John the tricks of the trade, specifically how to prepare a mean char-grilled chicken platter ($5.50). After putting the chicken through the double-grill process, its placed on a bed of yellow rice and topped with some tzatiki sauce. A salad of lettuce and tomato doused in a generic lemon vinaigrette and a few slices of pita fill out the tin tray. It’s a seriously hearty offering for a great price.

With so many great outdoor eating spots in Midtown, this is the perfect time of year to grab some grub from Carnegie John, find a nice spot, and make the most of your lunch hour.

Carnegie John’s

56th St. nr. Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10106
Cash only, Open Monday through Friday, 11:30AM to 6PM
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19 Responses to “Carnegie John’s $4 Cheeseburger: Grilled & Griddled, It’s the Best of Both Worlds”

  1. food for thought Says:

    great photo shot …burgers and blooms…..
    sounds like a tasty burger and you get to eat “al fresco”
    spirng is in the air and summer is around the corner

  2. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    Food For Thought-

    Now that’s the spirit. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the nice weather stays.

  3. betazen Says:

    Sad to say but carts scare me. I know where most of them have been…

    Burger does looks nice though.

  4. weather? Says:

    we’re talking about the weather now?

    struggling..

  5. food for thought? Says:

    that has to be the lamest comment i’ve ever seen in my life

  6. Midtown Lunch » Midtown Links (R.I.P. Manhattan Mall Edition) Says:

    […] Lawrence hits up the Carnegie John’s Cart for one of their famous Burgers [NYCFood Guy] […]

  7. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    Betazen,

    What we don’t know, doesn’t hurt us… most of the time. I’ve seen those garages too but I felt pretty good after that burger, better than after the Wendy’s spicy baconator.

  8. $4 Says:

    a $4 cheeseburger!?!?!??!?!?!

  9. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    $4,

    Damn right.

  10. the inside Says:

    i want to see the inside of this burger, i dont really care what it looks like from the outside….

  11. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    The inside,

    Why don’t you go try this burger and take a picture and I’ll post it. I don’t know if I’ll be getting back there again soon, but if i do, the pic will be up. I promise you that. I have a big burger to do list so keep an eye out for newer, hopefully better burgers soon. What are the top burgers on your list?

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  14. Entertainer Says:

    The burger is a thing of beauty. It was well cooked and seasoned. I watched as the burger patty was pounded flat by fist before being flat-topped and grilled. The healthy layering of condiments and additional stuff made it worth its price. Can’t find a cheaper, as good burger in NYC.

    Any other burger tips I would appreciate NYCFoodGuy. I’m always on a quest for great burgers. In two weeks I’m doing PJ Clarke’s.

  15. The NYC Food Guy Says:

    @Entertainer,

    When are you hitting PJ Clarke’s? You want to combine efforts?

  16. Entertainer Says:

    I’m going to a going away dinner the week of the 23rd. Date hasn’t been firmly set but I will be letting you know what I think of the burgers.

    I’m definitely down for a combined efforts on another place. Pick it and we can work out a time.

  17. Bill Says:

    Duuuuuuuuuuude!! I just went there for lunch today. I was working at 52nd & Broadway so I swung by on my break. Holy toledo, that was a big burger! I had the $4 cheeseburger with lettuce, onions, ketchup and mustard (no tomatoes-I’m kinda spooked by the recent scare).

    I watched him cooking it. Mine was already grilled and he had it on the warmer and tossed it on to the griddle to finish it off. Not a trace of pink in this, whcih I usually prefer, but this was a juicy burger and definitely messy. Get plenty of napkins! I wouldn’t say it was the BEST burger I have ever eaten (I’ve eaten a lot of them in 37 years), but damn good, huge and for $4, a wicked pissah of a (a holdover from my Boston days) deal! I’d go there again in a minute! I just stood outside Carneigie Hall wiht my lunch on a little window shelf watching his line grow. Good call, NYCFoodGuy!

  18. Dave Says:

    I went there for the first time about 4 weeks ago and have been back more than a few times. Really good food all around. BUT – I went over for lunch today and he wasn’t there! I even took a lap around the block in case he moved, but no dice. What’s up with that?

  19. La don Says:

    Interesting to know.

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