Whether it’s date night or late night, sometimes you just need a cheeseburger. A big, juicy beef patty with all the fixings and of course, at least one slice of cheese. As if you needed another excuse to indulge, Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day. Yes, that’s right, National Cheeseburger Day is a thing. To celebrate, I went on a mission to find the nine places you need to order a cheeseburger from on Long Island. My guides? Pulse readers. Your advice came from East and West. Consider this your cheeseburger bucket list.
Brewology295, Speonk and Port Jefferson
Suffolk County residents have two locations to choose from when they need their Brewology fix: Speonk and Port Jefferson. The pub’s signature burger is made of ground bison meat and stuffed with cheddar, bleu cheese, crispy celery curls, buffalo aioli, lettuce, tomato, onions and a pickle. Consider those celery curls your veggie of the day. Served with fries. Go there.
Boom Burger, Westhampton
Boom Burger gives guests eight count ’em eight cheese options for building their own burger. There’s American, cheddar, swiss, pepper jack, mozzarella, bleu crumb, feta and cream cheese. Honestly, why choose just one? Here’s an insider’s tip: The hours say open until 9pm Sunday through Thursday and until 10pm Friday and Saturday, but if people are still coming in, Boom Burger will stay open. Go there.
With a laid-back vibe and friendly service, Faraday’s of Smithtown just feels like home, and its generous cheeseburgers are the ultimate comfort food. Try the Big C Burger, to which you can add a choice of American, swiss, cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella or muenster cheese. Served with fries and cole saw and of course, you’ll want to enjoy it with one of the more than 10 brews Faraday’s has on tap. Go there.
Duffy’s Ale House, Lindenhurst
Consider the Fatboy Burger served up at Duffy’s Ale House to be the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich because everything is better in between two slices of Texas Toast along with a 10oz sirloin and bacon. It’s so gigantic a steak knife garnished with three onion rings needs to hold it together for serving. Served with fries, cole slaw and a pickle. If for some reason the Fatboy isn’t your style, there are more than a handful of other cheeseburgers to choose from. Go there.
George Martin Burger Bar, Rockville Centre and Massapequa
The 2014 Long Island Pulse Battle of the Burger champ has expanded, opening a new Massapequa location in August. With nine cheeses to pick from (Gruyère, brie, Machego, smoked gouda, goat, cheddar jack, mozzarella, habanero pepper jack, American and bleu), the options for what you can put between a pair of buns are seemingly endless. At least once in your life, you have to try the Black Jack burger. The Battle of the Burger-winning menu staple is a blend of sirloin brisket and short rib and topped with candied bacon, pepper jack cheese, black ace sauce and cherry peppers. Served on a brioche roll and with fries and pickles. Go there.
Good Steer, Lake Grove
A Lake Grove favorite for nearly six decades, The Good Steer stands out from the herd with some of the greatest burgers you’ll sink your teeth into. The Good Steer Burger Supreme boasts more than one-third pound of lean, freshly ground beef on a toasted Martin’s seeded or unseeded role and garnished with world-famous onion fries. Top it off with Old-English cheddar, mozzarella, imported swiss, Monterey Jack, melted bleu or the cheese dream sauce that Lake Grovers rave about. If you need more than just cheese atop your burger, add on bacon, sautéed mushrooms and onions. Served with Idaho fries, cole slaw and pickle chips. Go there.
PeraBell Food Bar, Patchogue and Riverhead
At Perabell Food Bar, after you choose whether you want your Chophouse Burger, made of 10oz hand-formed certified Angus beef, topped with cheddar, swiss, American or bleu cheese, double your dairy intake with fresh mozzarella for only $2 extra. Come on, live a little. Go there.
Phil’s, Wading River
Phil’s is heaven-on-earth for sports, beer and burger lovers. Catch the big game on one of more than 50 TVs with a pint of one of the 20 beers on draft. More importantly, add cheese to any of the eight world-class burgers Phil’s flips and serves. Each comes with a choice of French fries, potato salad, macaroni salad or coleslaw and a pickle and onion. Go there.
Snaps American Bistro, Wantagh
Make Thirsty Thursday $5 Burger Night at this Wantagh favorite. The Half Pound Snap Burger, a char-grilled Angus burger topped with bacon, lettuce and a pickle on a sesame bun, will run you only one Abe Lincoln. Served with Truffle Parmesan Herb French Fries. All other burgers are full priced, but honestly, they’re worth every penny. Go there.