Top burgers at Long Island restaurants
Burgers: They're good every day of the year. Here are LI restaurants serving up great stuff between buns. Selections made by Joan Reminick, Peter M. Gianotti and Erica Marcus.
Johnny's Burgers(Credit: Johnny's Burgers via Facebook)
Johnny's Burgers, Centereach: At this 1950s-style roadhouse, you can build your own burger, heaping on such free toppings as lettuce, tomato, hot peppers and grilled onions. For a small extra cost, you can add cheese, bacon, grilled mushrooms -- even a fried egg. While burgers are usually cooked medium-well, they can be done rare, upon request. Fries (regular or sweet potato) are hand-cut, made to order. Hot dog selections include a Chicago-style dog with all the fixings -- even sport peppers and celery salt. Also on the menu are a BLT, grilled cheese sandwich, Philly cheesesteak and veggie burger. You might conclude with a fried Oreo or Twinkie -- or a shake.
All American Hamburger(Credit: Allison Davis O'Keefe)
All American Hamburger, Massapequa: A local favorite since 1953, this stainless-steel burger stand is pretty much as it was when it opened. Seating is outdoors only, which doesn't faze the crowds that stand in line for freshly made burgers and hand-cut fries, as well as hot dogs and thick shakes. Modern additions to the menu include fried butterfly shrimp, tuna salad sandwiches and fried fish fillet sandwiches.
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Burger Bite, West Hempstead: At this ultra-casual spot, chargrilled burgers may be customized with any number of toppings, some free (including lettuce, red onions, tomatoes and chipotle mayo), others (such as bacon, sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions) are offered at an additional charge. You also can choose a set option, such as the Classic, topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and ketchup; or the far-out Big Mash Bite, topped with mashed potatoes. You'll also find a juicy turkey burger and gelato for dessert in the summer.
American Roadside Burgers(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)
American Roadside Burgers, Smithtown: You order at the counter at this burger-centric spot that's done in a nostalgic roadhouse motif. Here, burgers come out juicy, even though they're well done. Toppings are free, so you can pile on house-roasted jalapenos, red onion, relish and pickles. Gluttons can order the Roadstar -- essentially four burgers under one bun. Other options include a turkey burger, grilled chicken sandwich, kosher hot dog, chicken Caesar salad and shakes.
Hush Bistro(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Hush Bistro, Farmingdale: Think a bit outside the bun with the kimchi burger at this eatery. It's a chicken patty, with Korean barbecue sauce and a fried egg on top.
Houston's(Credit: Jin Lee)
Houston's, Garden City: At the handsome Roosevelt Field branch of this small national chain, the cheeseburger is a must. The loosely formed patty, made of house-ground chuck seasoned with a proprietary spice blend, comes off an oak-fired grill gorgeously crusted, rich-tasting, subtly imbued with wood smoke. It's served on a house-made, butter-grilled egg bun topped with Cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise, pickles and onions.
Old Fields(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
Old FIelds, Port Jefferson: Here, the Davey Gravey is a juicy burger served between two grilled cheese sandwiches. There is another location in Greenlawn.
P.J. Clarke's(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
P.J. Clarke's, Woodbury: The Cadillac burger at this spot stems from Nat King Cole deeming Clarke's winning rendition the Cadillac version. It's topped with smoked bacon and American cheese.
Dirtyburger(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Dirtyburger, Plainview: The original Dirty Burger is an all-natural Angus patty dipped in dirty dust, grilled with a splash of honey and served with dirty sweet potato fries, white truffle mayo and dirty red ketchup.
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Peter Luger, Great Neck: Served only at lunch until 3:45 daily, the Luger burger is a dry-aged beef patty with your choice of thick-cut bacon or cheese.
P.S. Burgers(Credit: Yana Paskova)
P.S. Burgers, Mineola: Here, the Paris burger (also available with bison or lamb patties) includes a fried egg, sauteed spinach, Gruyere, smoked bacon and Dijon honey mustard on a pretzel roll.
Market Bistro(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)
Market Bistro, Jericho: The MB at this spot is one of the juiciest burgers you'll find on the Island thanks to its combination of dry-aged rib-eye, Kobe-style brisket and short rib; served with garlic aioli.
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BBD's, Rocky Point: Here, the 12-ounce steakhouse burger (top) uses house-ground beef that's grilled over wood and charcoal and served on a toasted brioche bun with the restaurants logo branded into the top.
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Ceriello 541 Club, Williston Park: The burgers here are made with attention to detail. The beef is all prime, a blend of brisket, sirloin, short ribs and chuck. Once the fat burgers go on the griddle, they are salted and covered with a lid; the resultant steam hastens the cooking. But the lid comes off soon so that the burger can develop a good char. The finished burger is served on a toasted Martin's potato roll.
Mara’s Homemade(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)
Maras Homemade, Syosset: The old fashioned burger at Mara's is made of ground brisket served with Creole mustard, pickles and red onions.
The Wild Rose Bar & Grill(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
The Wild Rose Bar ... Grill, Farmingdale: The turkey burger here consists of a hefty patty made with Southwestern spices; it's served with sweet potato fries.
Bobby's Burger Palace(Credit: Bobby's Burger Palace)
Bobby's Burger Palace, Garden City: Topped with a fried egg, smoked bacon and American cheese, the brunch burger is served at this eatery's Roosevelt Field and Smith Haven Mall locations.
Morning Rose Cafe(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)
Morning Rose Cafe, Bellmore: Here, Chef Roberto Baez turns out crusty, juicy and smoky burgers, including the picante, a blackened patty topped with pickled cherry peppers, avocado, queso blanco and a honey chipotle sauce.
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Cheeburger Cheeburger, Farmingdale: This 1950s nostalgia-themed chain is known for its namesake burgers with toppings that range from pineapple, to peanut butter, to provolone. Hand-cut fries are quite good; regular and malted milkshakes are great. There is another location in Great Neck.
GM Burger Bar(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
GM Burger Bar, Rockville Centre: The Not Cho burger at this spot is on a brioche roll and topped with tortilla strips, pico de gallo, scallions, Cheddar Jack and jalapeno cream.
Relish(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Relish, Kings Park: Here, Chef Steve Cardello makes a delectable cheeseburger using freshly ground chuck (80-20 fat-to-lean ratio) seasoned with kosher salt and black pepper and served on a buttered and grill-toasted potato bun.
Shake Shack(Credit: Jin Lee)
Shake Shack, Garden City: This spot's juicy SmokeShack burger is topped with cheese, Niman Ranch bacon, chopped cherry peppers and ShackSauce, a slightly spicy pinkish mayo-based sauce, all served on a Martins potato bun that's buttered and toasted.
LT Burger(Credit: Doug Young)
LT Burger, Sag Harbor: Here, you can dress up your standard burger with Mecox Cheddar. (Chili is also an option.)
Gourmet Burger Bistro(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)
Gourmet Burger Bistro, Port Jefferson: The lengthy burger menu at this burger spot includes the Napa Valley, a patty that's been marinated in Cabernet then topped with grilled San Marzano tomato slices and Monterey Jack cheese.
The Brass Rail(Credit: Becky Holladay)
The Brass Rail, Locust Valley: Here, the sirloin burger au poivre is made with freshly ground sirloin with an 88-12 ratio of fat-to-lean that's grilled over charcoal and served on a toasted, seeded bun with caramelized onions, mushrooms and Swiss. On the side: a peppercorn dipping sauce, shoestring fries and slaw.
Bay Burger(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Bay Burger, Sag Harbor: There's both indoor and outdoor seating at this popular counter-serve spot where chef-owner Joe Tremblay makes everything from scratch-- right down to the burger buns. Try a juicy, hand-shaped burger with the works (cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickle) or a veggie burger made of roasted vegetables, lentils and brown rice. You'll also find a kosher hot dog, BLT, Buffalo chicken sandwich, house-made "tater tots" and ice cream.
Sapsuckers Hops & Grub(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Sapsuckers Hops ... Grub, Huntington: The mallet burger at this eatery uses Painted Hills Farms beef that's hormone- and antibiotic-free. Cooked on a griddle and pressed with a mallet, it comes off juicy and full of flavor before being placed on a toasted brioche bun.
Smashburger The classic Smash burger includes American cheese and Smash sauce and can be found at the eatery's four LI locations, including Port Washington and Wantagh.
Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar(Credit: Nicole Horton)
Zinburger Wine ... Burger Bar, Huntington Station: The Kobe burger at this spot is topped with sauteed wild mushrooms and Cheddar cheese and served on a tall, soft brioche bun.
Main Street Cafe(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Main Street Cafe, Northport: For its Irish burger, this cozy pub hand-shapes a half pound of Black Angus beef before chargrilling it to a smoky juiciness then topping it with chopped red onion and roasted red peppers and serving it on a toasted potato bun.
Bareburger(Credit: Yana Paskova)
Bareburger, Great Neck: This eatery offers a variety of patties elk, wild boar, ostrich from free-range animals, as well as a veggie options; for the roadhouse, which includes pepperjack cheese, bacon, avocado, fire-roasted red peppers, grilled onions and smoked-paprika mayo, the chainlet suggests bison.
American Burgers(Credit: Allison Davis O'Keefe)
American Burgers, Rockville Centre: American Burgers opened in 1998, decades before burger joints became hip. It's a great-looking place, decorated (or cluttered, depending on your point of view) with a jukebox, vintage posters and scads of old license plates. The menu lists 50 different half-pound state burgers with almost as many international ones. The entrance front is on the parking lot, not Sunrise Highway.
Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails(Credit: Olga Lambos Busch Photography)
Left Coast Kitchen ... Cocktails: The LCK burger at this spot finds an Angus beef patty topped with onions, cheese, bacon and coleslaw; it's served with hand-cut fries.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries(Credit: Tyler Mallory)
Eight LI locations of Five Guys Burgers ... Fries mean ample opportunities to try the chain's bacon cheeseburger.
Revel(Credit: Newsday / Marjorie Robins)
Revel, Garden City: On the lunch menu here is the prime black Angus reserve burger is topped with aged Cheddar, pancetta crisp, Boston Bibb lettuce and a Port wine shallot marmalade.