Nothing satisfies hunger pangs quite like a juicy, greasy burger right off the grill and topped with bacon. A side of fries slathered with ketchup or a hill of cheese and chili waiting for you to conquer it, and a shake of course. You cannot forget the shake, a silky, flavored combination of milk and ice cream. Comfort food that none can deny. In this day and age burger joints are getting creative with their menu. You’re standard milkshake choices have expanded from vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to orange cream, mint, strawberry banana and even coffee in some places. Toppings now include fried onions, jalapeno peppers, bbq and steak sauce, pepper jack cheese, guacamole and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Smokaburgers, for instance, sells both sweet potato fries and Philly cheese fries, while Jakes Wayback Burger makes their own bbq chips. It seems like throwback burger places are cropping up everywhere on Long Island. Not that we’re complaining. Many stick to a minimalist model and decor, harking to simpler times passed. The follow list contains 10 local burger joints, most of which are personal favorites and highly recommended. Visit the restaurant section of LongIsland.com for other great dining ideas.