Food & Drink

The 5 best burgers in the Hamptons

Published On 06/26/2014 Published On 06/26/2014
Bay Burger
Elizabeth Melnitzky

Because a Summer without burgers is like... pretty much any other time of the year without burgers (aka terrible), we've compiled the definitive lineup of the best beef patties in the Hamptons. Don’t settle for an average bun with no sesame seeds, or one that (gasp)... isn’t toasted.

When Summertime cheeseburger cravings call and you've been partying way too hard to grill something yourself, this is where you need to go.

Elizabeth Melnitzky

Bay Burger (address and info)
Sag Harbor
If you’ve been thinking of moving out to California just to be closer to In-N-Out, don’t hire the movers just yet. Bay Burger’s playfully modern take on a quaint roadside diner is bringing some serious burger chops. Part-owner Joe Tremblay, former grill man at Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian Hotel and manager of Manhattan’s ‘wichcraft, has shared his vision for the perfect burger with Sag Harbor to much rejoicing. That means hand-ground beef, fresh house-baked buns, and your choice of all the classic toppings. Oh, and you have the option to go fries, tots, or fries 'n tots on the side. It's nice when a place respects tough decisions.

The 1770 House Restaurant and Inn

The 1770 House Restaurant & Inn (address and info)
East Hampton
The 1770 House has had three centuries to perfect those burger building skills, retaining much of its original architecture so you can know what George Washington felt like when he was eating burgers (they had burgers, then, right? Whatever.). With only six guest rooms, the inn maintains extremely close attention to quality service and the restaurants march to the same beat. Head to the downstairs tavern for a thick, impossibly beefy burger that is cooked to your liking and served with freshly cut fries, a garlic pickle, and your standard condiments.

Elizabeth Melnitzky

LT Burger (address and info)
Sag Harbor
With a soda fountain in the front, neon-lit red and white decor, and a working pinball machine, you know you're in for a burger that'll taste of nostalgia. There are several solid burger options here (not to mention fried kosher pickles, so save room), but the LT Backyard Burger is the move thanks to hickory-smoked bacon, NY cheddar, and LT Sauce. Side it up with some waffle fries. If you still have room (and good health insurance), try the aptly named the Death By Oreo or LT’s rendition of s’mores.

The Cuddy

The Cuddy (address and info)
Sag Harbor
The Cuddy’s casually nautical and inviting style pairs perfectly with their menu of comfort cuisine and handcrafted beverages. The cheese burger's served with dill pickles and a special burger sauce (which you're probably familiar with), but you can upgrade with some thick-cut bacon and a fried egg, so do that, won't you? Oh, we should also mention they're aging Negronis in bourbon barrels here as well. You want one.

Rowdy Hall

Rowdy Hall (address and info)
East Hampton
Tucked away in the village of East Hampton, Rowdy Hall’s name precedes its reputation as a... lively place to grab a bite. Open seven days a week for lunch or dinner year round, it's a refreshingly casual respite from the all-to-prevalent Hamptons stuffiness. The Rowdy Burger sports a just-right-sized Black Angus patty served to your liking with pickles, tomatoes, onions, and cheese, nestled into a pillowy sesame bun. Pro tip: this is also a great spot to hunker down for some World Cup viewing.

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1. Bay Burger 1742 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor, NY 1169311963

From a former (Le) Parker Meridien grill man and his wife, BB's bringing Manhattan's ground-beef fetish to the Hamptons. The menu also features grilled cheeses, dogs, ice cream, tots, and other items sure to make this a bikini season one to not remember.

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2. 1770 House 143 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937 (East Hampton)

The 1770 House Inn has had more than three centuries to prefect their menu building skills, and it's very apparent. The inn and restaurant have retained much of the original architecture, allowing you to enjoy your meal (Pro tip: get the burger) while feeling like George Washington.

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3. LT Burger 62 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 (Sag Harbor)

This Sag Harbor spot is a modern day soda shop with an emphasis on delicious, tasty burgers, such as the LT Backyard burger (grilled hickory smoked bacon, NY state cheddar, and LT Sauce), and The Standard, The Mexican, or the Smashed Smoke.

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4. The Cuddy 29 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 (Sag Harbor)

The Cuddy has a casual vibe, delicious comfort food -- like bacon-wrapped quail -- and handcrafted drinks.

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5. Rowdy Hall 10 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937 (East Hampton)

The East Hampton burg' spot carries a rep of being a vivacious and lively place to grab a bite. Open seven days a week for lunch or dinner year round, Rowdy Hall is a refreshingly casual pub in a town overcrowded with stuffy, uptight restaurants.