Burgers: They're good every day of the year.
Here are LI restaurants serving up great stuff between buns.
Selections made by Newsday's food staff.
Broadway Market, Rocky Point: The Bacon Jam and Egg Burger, a grass-fed burger topped with a fried egg and crispy matchstick potatoes, is served on a house-made bun at this new-wave luncheonette.
Robke’s Country Inn
Robke's Country Inn, Northport: The cheeseburger at Robke's Country Inn has a slightly charred crust and rosy-pink interior, and comes with roughed-up, addictive fries.
Cardoon Mediterranean, Seaford: The signature burger at this eatery is topped with melted halloumi cheese, pancetta, arugula, tomato and ramp pesto aioli.
Olde Trading Post Tavern
Olde Trading Post Tavern, New Hyde Park: The OTP double stacked burger features two beef patties, bacon, Cheddar, onion rings and barbecue sauce.
The Wild Goose
The Wild Goose, Port Washington: The Wild Goose's Forest burger pairs an 8-ounce patty with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and Gruyère cheese.
Publicans, Manhasset: The eight-ounce Publican Burger comes wedged in a toasted brioche bun and topped with American cheese at this Manhasset gastropub.
Noble Kitchen & Cocktails
Noble Kitchen & Cocktails, Oceanside: The juicy, 10-ounce Wagyu beef burger is an understandably popular choice at this Oceanside eatery.
Tavern 227, Sea Cliff: You'd expect a place like Tavern 227 to have a great burger, and it does not disappoint: No fancy flourishes, just flavorful, properly seasoned beef, a brioche bun and your choice of Cheddar, Fontina or blue cheese.
St. James Public House
St. James Public House, St. James: The tuna burger, well-seasoned with a teriyaki glaze and Sriracha aioli, arrives with a little Chinese takeout container full of soba noodle salad at this sleek roadhouse.
Del Frisco's Grille
Del Frisco's Grille, Huntington Station: The Grille prime burger, made with two patties, American cheese and all the fixings, is served with fries and a tiny squeeze bottle of ketchup.
Spinnakers, Oyster Bay: The Spinnaker burger is excellent at this Oyster Bay eatery. It's topped with Gruyère, mushrooms, bacon, arugula and a sunny-side-up egg, and served with fries.
Grey Horse Tavern
Grey Horse Tavern, Bayport: Here, the 8-ounce Niman Ranch Cheddar burger is served on a multigrain bun with a side of fries and slaw.
Campagne House, Bethpage: The grass-fed burger at Campagne House is a tender, flavorful patty, ready to fall apart were it not supported by a buttery, brioche bun and a matrix of yellow cheddar and bacon. Order it with the $1.50 fried egg; it's an immediate return on the investment.
Blackbird Kitchen & Cocktails
Blackbird Kitchen & Cocktails, Wantagh: No need for a slew of toppings and condiments: this brisket-and short-rib-blend burger does well on its own, or with a sheath of gruyere.
American Beauty Bistro
American Beauty Bistro, Massapequa: The savory Bistro Burger with sharp cheddar cheese, boston lettuce, heirloom tomato and bacon is served with a side of rosemary french fries at this Massapequa eatery.
Industry Standard Bar
Industry Standard Bar, Greenport: The $5 burger here is a win, a little 5-ounce number layered with a fried egg and American cheese, finished with a perfect leaf of romaine. Every bite is fantastic -- and messy.
Beginnings, Atlantic Beach: The burger is a good bet at this eatery. It's a house-blend of ground beef dressed with pickles, your choice of cheeses, bacon and a fried egg on brioche.
Off the Block Kitchen & Meats
Off the Block Kitchen & Meats, Sayville: The all-American burger features two beef patties layered with American cheese, pickled red onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles and Thousand Island dressing. It's served on a brioche bun with a side of some of the best fries around at Off the Block Kitchen & Meats in Sayville.
Vauxhall, Huntington: The "Breakfast Binge" black bean burger is topped with a sunny side up egg, avocado, bacon and cheddar, and served on a brioche bun.
Jake's Wayback Burgers
Jake's Wayback Burgers, East Northport: Stack 'em up here for the "Triple Triple" order that's nine thin, flavorful burgers tall. The less daring may go for the patty melt, a double Swiss burger with onions, served on a buttered and grilled bun -- Thousand Island dressing dribbling out the sides. Other location in East Meadow.
The Butcher's Bar & Grill
The Butcher's Bar & Grill, Williston Park: With a terrific house blend, the BBG burger competes well with the steaks at this spot.
Sandbar, Cold Spring Harbor: The cheeseburger at this spot, with bacon-onion marmalade, could convert a vegan.
Seven Quarts Tavern
Seven Quarts Tavern, Northport: This spot's excellent "1656 Burger" is a blend that includes rib-eye cap, brisket, short rib and Kobe, is finished with caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese, and served with hand-cut fries.
PeraBell Food Bar
PeraBell Food Bar, Riverhead: Not to be missed is PeraBell's exceptional burger -- thick, smoky, crusty, beefy and juicy. And, praise be, the meat is served on a well-proportioned bun.
American Beech, Greenport: The "BeechBurger" at American Beech in Greenport is topped with caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms, Gruyere cheese and garlic aioli, served on a pretzel bun with chips.
New York Burger Bar
New York Burger Bar, Massapequa: At this spot, you'll almost certainly do well with a simple Cheddar burger -- juicy, crusty and done to order. A modern classic, the "Juicy Lucy" comes stuffed with American cheese, topped with grilled red onion, tomato, pickle and a pink mayonnaise-based sauce. It's a gloppy treat.
American Roadside Burgers
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.
Schout Bay Tavern
Schout Bay Tavern, Manhasset: This spot turns out a fine, juicy burger topped with smoked cheddar and bacon, but you'll need a hinged jaw to get your mouth around its thick brioche bun.
Brewology, Port Jefferson: Brewology's namesake burger is ground bison meat stuffed with Cheddar and blue cheeses, topped with crisp celery curls and "Buffalo aioli." It's ridiculously good.
All American Hamburger
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.
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.
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.
Old FIelds, Port Jefferson: Here, the Davey Gravey is a juicy burger served between two grilled cheese sandwiches. There is another location in Greenlawn.
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.
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, 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, 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.
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.
Ceriello 541 Club
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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, King's Park: The delectable cheeseburger at Relish is made with 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, 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, Sag Harbor: Here, you can dress up your standard burger with Mecox Cheddar. (Chili is also an option.)
Gourmet Burger Bistro
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
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, 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
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.
The classic Smash burger at Smashburger 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
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
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, with branches in Great Neck, Port Washington and Rockville Centre, offers a variety of patties such as elk, beef and duck. Build your own or choose a set option.
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
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
Eight LI locations of Five Guys Burgers & Fries mean ample opportunities to try the chain's bacon cheeseburger.