Long Island's best burgers

The signature burger, The Roadstar, at American Roadside

(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)

It's been hard not to notice: for the past few years, a new crop of burger places has sprung up from Cedarhurst to St. James to Sag Harbor. Some offer table service; others are simply grab-and-go. Where can you find your own version of pleasure on a bun? Use this list to guide you. --JOAN REMINICK

  • 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. ...

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    Chef Bobby Flay at his new burger joint,

    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 ...

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    The Brass Rail $$ | American, Pub, Burgers, Kids 107 Forest Ave. Locust Valley At The Brass Rail, food, mood and prices are all about comfort. ...

  • Critic rating 1
    Bread & Butter Bistro's black cracked pepper-crusted smoked

    Bread & Butter Bistro $$ | Lounge, Pub, Sports bar, American, Burgers 1730 N Ocean Ave. Holtsville This is the spot for a late-night burger, especially on the weekends when the hours extend. Definitely try the black cracked pepper-crusted smoked Gouda gratin-topped ground beef patty: It's a juicy, smoky knockout with ideal bun-to-burger ratio.

  • Critic rating 1.5
    Brownstone Brewing Company. (July 16, 2012)

    Brownstone Brewing Company $$ | Beer, Burgers, Sandwiches, Lunch 200 Portion Rd. Ronkonkoma Beer, burger and a game: For many, that's the route to contentment. At Brownstone Brewing ...

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    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
    This is the plain burger with fries in

    Cafe Nee $$ | Burgers, Panini, Salads 139B Merrick Ave. Merrick One of the first “boutique” burger spots to hit Long Island, Burger 9 Point 5 ...

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    Singer Rick Anzalone plays for customers at Downtown

    Downtown Burger at Five Points Cafe $$ | American, Burgers 1 Main St. Sayville Hefty, loose-textured and oozy, burgers are imbued with that mineral-rich flavor sought after in beef. ...

  • User rating 3
    A hamburger with lettuce, tomato and cheese is

    Five Guys Burgers and Fries $ | Burgers, Chain restaurants 35 Merrick Rd. Amityville Burger chain offering simple seating and burgers and hot dogs, which can be sided by ...

  • User rating 3
    A bacon cheeseburger with mayo, lettuce, pickle, tomato,

    Five Guys Burgers and Fries $ | Burgers, Chain restaurants 601 Veterans Hwy Hauppauge Spreading across the Island with lightning frequency, this burger chain seems to be opening new ...

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