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) (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

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

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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