A term popular in the Midwest used to describe cigarette smoking teens with long ratty hair and who listen to heavy metal music from the 80s & 90s. Burners typically skip class, assemble in large groups across the street from the school building, and smoke cigarettes. On average, burners are skinny, malnourished, and smell stale. Burner attire includes tight jeans, improperly tied high top shoes, heavy metal tee shirts in the winter, and a plastic comb carried in the back pants pocket. Both burner boys and girls have poor vision due to heavy drug usage and long bangs.
"Dude, Jamie's Flotsam & Jetsam tee smells like stale cigarettes, he's a total burner."
Layne (played by Crispin Glover) from "The River's Edge"