Bison burgers on Long Island

This is the P.S. Paris burger made with This is the P.S. Paris burger made with bison at P.S. Burgers in Mineola. (March 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick

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Relatively low in calories and fat, the bison -- or buffalo -- burger often gives beef and turkey patties a juicy, flavor-rich run for the money.

Overcooking, however, can render these burgers dry and unpalatable. Medium-rare is as done as you want to go.

Here are a few places where buffalo burgers are home on the range:

TWEEDS

RESTAURANT & BUFFALO BAR

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Buffalo, done any number of ways, is the raison d'ĂȘtre for this downtown restaurant dominated by a huge buffalo head hanging over the bar. Here, you can get your burger plain or with sauteed onions, mushrooms, bacon or cheese.

17 E. Main St., Riverhead 631-208-3151, tweedsrestaurant.com

BURGER 9 POINT 5

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At this colorful little burger restaurant, bison is just one of many types of patties you can order. Try the Rodeo version with barbecue sauce, Cheddar and onion rings.

139 1/2 Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-543-4141, burger9point5.net

PREMIER DINER

The bison burger at this popular diner is big, smoky and juicy -- every bit as good as the beef burger.

690 Commack Rd., Commack, 631-462-1432

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