American classics with a side of nostalgia—that’s what patrons will find at Long Island’s new casual burger joint Biggie Burgers.
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First-time restaurateur Robert Brooks opened the spot in North Merrick in January serving burgers in two sizes. Dig into a Biggie Big burger, a gourmet 8oz prime blend for $7.99. Diners can go smaller with the 2oz Biggie Small burgers ranging from $1.99 to $3.50. The name isn’t a reference to famous rapper Notorious B.I.G. also known as Biggie, Brooks quipped. “The name simply refers to the size of the hamburgers…All I had in mind was selling the big items until somebody came along and said, ‘You need to have a small hamburger!'”
Those who don’t like burgers can opt for a turkey, veggie or grilled chicken breast burger for $5.99. The menu also includes hot dogs, grilled cheese (made with one cheese or a blend of several), BLT, chili made from scratch and homemade mac and cheese.
A slew of toppings are available to throw on the burgers and hot dogs. Think sweet onion, avocado, fried egg, kraut and jalapeños. Brooks noted two personal favorites: a Biggie Big topped with smoked gouda and bacon, as well as a hot dog in a toasted bun with chili and cheese sauce.
Brooks, a former police officer, also brought a little bit of his childhood into Biggie Burgers by selling hand-spun milkshakes. The four options—chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and black & white—are made using a machine dating back to the 1960s. (He also has malt to add to any milkshake for more flavor—another childhood favorite.) “[The machine] has made thousands of milkshakes in its day,” the Bellmore resident said. “It just makes that classic milkshake.”
Biggie Burgers is predominately a takeout eatery. But there are four stools that customers can reserve if they call in advance.
Biggie Burger is located at 2224 Jerusalem Ave in Merrick.