Where to get unusual burgers

The signature burger, The Roadstar, at American Roadside

(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)

Maybe you, too, have noticed. Over the past couple of years, a new wave of burger boutiques (let's not call them joints) has been steadily moving onto the Island, from the Five Towns to the East End. The allure is simple but ingenious: the designer burger created by none other than you.

So, what are fashionably dressed patties wearing these days? Try pesto mayonnaise and jalapeno peppers. Or peanut butter and pickles. Even mashed potatoes.

I ate at 10 burger spots (two have 2 locations apiece), from bistro to roadhouse, all of which opened (or branched out) within the past two years. Here's a rundown (with ratings) of what's new and newish Islandwide. -- Joan Reminick

  • Critic rating 1.5
    The place, done in a nostalgic roadhouse motif,

    American Roadside Burgers $ | Burgers, American 80 E. Main St. Smithtown Within the brick and wood sprawl that creates the feel of a country lodge, this ...

  • Critic rating 2
    A veggie burger is served at Bay Burger

    Bay Burger $ | Burgers 1742 Sag Harbor Tpke. Sag Harbor An über-casual order-at-the-counter space with indoor and outdoor seating. ...

  • Critic rating 2

    Bobby's Burger Palace $ | Burgers, Chain restaurants 355 Smith Haven Mall Lake Grove Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is usually better known for his work on TV cooking shows ...

  • Critic rating 1.5
    A turkey burger and a classic burger at

    Burger Bite $ | Burgers 616 Hempstead Tpke. West Hempstead Burgers, sandwiches, salads, side dishes and beverages. ...

  • Critic rating 1.5
    Finish the one-pound burger and get your picture

    Cheeburger Cheeburger (Farmingdale) $ | American, Burgers 228 Airport Plaza Blvd. Farmingdale Neon lights and pink walls set the scene at this retro 1950s hamburger joint. Wednesdays ...

  • A new branch of Cheeburger Cheeburger opened in

    Cheeburger Cheeburger (Great Neck) Burgers 46 Great Neck Rd. Great Neck Cheeburger Cheeburger, a nostalgia-themed burger-fries-shakes restaurant, also has locations in Farmingdale and Plainview, but all ...

  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries is test-marketing shakes

    Five Guys Burgers and Fries $ | Burgers, Chain restaurants 3497 Hempstead Tpke. Levittown Spreading across the Island with lightning frequency, this burger chain seems to be opening new ...

  • Critic rating 2

    Gourmet Burger Bistro $$ | Salads, Burgers, Eclectic 5 Mill Creek Rd. Port Jefferson While most burger shops offer the opportunity to build your order as you see fit, ...

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