Three Great Hamburger Joints on Long Island

Three Great Hamburger Joints on Long Island

Of all of the types of cuisine available around the island, hamburgers will always be one of our favorites. Handheld and quick bite, they can be as plain or exotic as you like. Over the years, restaurateurs have been stepping up their game and have introduced a few new selections into the mix. Here, we dive straight into the fray and show you three of our favorite burger joints on Long Island.

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The hamburger of today isn’t the same one that we used to eat 20, 15 or even five years ago. The ingredients are more obscure, the tastes are more exotic and the general public is no longer content with a standard beef burger. Diners are getting smarter and are exposed to more television shows and information that are showing the benefits to eating outside of their comfort zones. Restaurants, in turn, are upping the game with interesting ingredients such as Kobe Beef, showing off some southwestern flair and include unusual pairings to create an interesting mix that is grilled to perfection.

The Burger Spot
150 Seventh Street
Garden City, NY 11530
516-746-5100
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Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography

The Burger Spot is the perfect spot to stop by for a quick lunch or with the kids for dinner. The ingredients that are used are all of the highest quality; with the owners ensuring that all of the beef is 100% grass-fed and USDA Certified. With that philosophy, all of the beef that is used is hormone free, antibiotic free and is always fresh; never frozen.


Mexican Burger – Pepperjack, guacamole, salsa and sour cream
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Parisian Burger – Cheddar, bacon and egg
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The owners of The Burger Spot themselves started the restaurant because they were looking for somewhere for their own kids to eat where they could feel confident that they would be eating food that is of high quality. We’ve been to The Burger Spot a few times and there are always families there (or kids on their lunch break at school). For those who want to stay beef-free, there are a host of veggie burger and turkey burger options (and a crabe cake burger – the Alaskan).

Burger 9.5 (9 Point 5) – CLOSED
139 1/2 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566
516-543-4141
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Burger 9.5 was originally named for the size of their beef patties (in ounces). Although the size of the patty has gone down since the opening years (the owners found it was too big for most people), south shore residents are always flocking to this burger joint for their many varieties of burgers. While there are a bunch of chains opening up all over the island (Five Guys, we’re talking to you), 9.5 is keeping it real and offering up Bison meat as well for an additional $2 to any meal. The Bison meat is healthier for you and tends to be a bit more gamey, but whenever we have the chance, we’ll order it up.


The Jagger – Mozzarella, carmelized onions, sauteed mushrooms
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There’s nothing special about the decor at Burger 9.5 (it’s bright and eclectic but could be overwhelming for some), but that’s not why we’re visiting. We’re visiting to experience The Jagger; with its carmelized onions and sauteed mushrooms or The Harrison with Monterey Jack, cajun spices and jalapeno’s. The flavor pops and never lets us down.


<em?The Cheeseburger (with Bison Meat) – American cheese
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Bobby’s Burger Palace
Smith Haven Mall
355 Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove, NY 11755
631-382-9590
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Photo Credit Mark Brandon Photography

If you know Chef Flay (Iron Chef Bobby Flay, that is), you’re aware that he likes to play around with Southwestern flavors in his dishes. He’s included these flavor profiles, along with flavors from around the country, on his menu. There’s the Bobby Blue Burger, LA Burger, Miami Burger and more. Any burger can be crunchified by adding potato chips to the order. Beyond burgers, there is a healthy dose of fries, milkshakes and margaritas to round out your meal.


Crunch Burger
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When Bobby’s Burger Palace opened roughly five years ago in the Smith Haven Mall it was the start of a burger trend here on Long Island. A modern decor with winding countertops allows multiple diners from many parties to sit together and at the same time allow them to feel like they’re not eating with strangers. The sweet potato fries are among our favorites and the added bonus of crunchifying any burger allows us to call Bobby’s Burger Palace one of our favorites.


Sweet Potato Fries
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So, we’ve shown you a few of our favorite burger joints on Long Island and now it’s your turn to try them out and let us know which one is your favorite. Or, if you have a favorite that wasn’t mentioned here, hit us up on Twitter @eastofnyc so that we can learn about it and maybe visit in the near future.

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