Top 10 burgers in Kansas list
Kansas is filled with great places to get hamburgers, some of them nearly 100 years old. Every restaurant included in this list of the Top Ten Burgers in Kansas has been sampled by our editors on at least two occasions, if not many more. Like us on Facebook
Nu Grille Cafe - Fort Scott, Kansas#10 The Bowman's Nu Grille Cafe restaurant in Fort Scott, Kansas is the kind of classic place and food that I am always looking for. Nu Grill opened in 1946. The front room has a nice old counter where you can watch the food prepared and there are three additional dining areas. 

The made to order cheeseburgers with grilled onions are thin, but well cooked and tasty. They are available in regular, jumbo and double jumbo.

Nu Grille Cafe, 24 N. National Avenue, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701 (620) 223-9949 

Beef Burger Bob's - Neodesha, Kansas#9 Beef Burgers are are a locally popular sandwich in the Fredonia, Kansas area. Beef Burger Bob's first opened in Fredonia, Kansas in the 1950s as the Iceberg Drive In. Bob and Tony Babcock bought the Iceberg in 1972. Over time they expanded it into a restaurant and renamed it with the nickname that their customers had given to Bob. After 37 years, they moved to a smaller location in nearby Neodesha, Kansas. The new location has just 5 tables.

Beef burgers are loose meat sandwiches, much in the spirit of NuWay and Maid-Rite. But beef burgers are not as crumbly and hold together better. 

Beef Burger Bob's, 621 Main Street, Neodesha, Kansas 66757   (620) 325-5500 

Snack Shack on Santa Fe - Overland Park, Kansas#8 The Snack Shack on Santa Fe in Overland Park, Kansas has gone through several identities in a short time. It opened as the Shake Shack in 2010, but after repeated threats of a lawsuit from a small fast food chain in the eastern US, changed its name. The Snak Shack closed in the summer of 2011, but a new family reopened the restaurant as the "Snack" Shack on Santa Fe in September of that year. The restaurant became more professional and they started taking credit cards. Best of all, they kept using fresh hamburger from Bichelmeyer Meats in Kansas City, Kansas. 

The specialty burger that stands out is the Bobby Burger which has two 1/3 pound patties, four slices of cheese, grilled onions and jalapenos.

Snack Shack, 8039 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, Kansas 66204  (913) 381-3200 

Nu-Way Cafe - Wichita, Kansas#7 The Nu-Way Cafe on West Douglas in Wichita, Kansas is the flagship of a small chain of restaurants serving crumbly, loose meat sandwiches - much like Maid-Rite. This was the very first Nu-Way and opened on July 4, 1930. Nu-Way Cafe has good French fries and even better onion rings. The great root beer is made daily and makes a wonderful root beer float.

The crumbly loose hamburgers are very good. Many people visit the store just to try the product they remember from years ago when there were more Nu-Way restaurants across the center of the country.

Nu-Way Cafe, 1416 W. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, Kansas 67203  (316) 267-1131 

Kate's - Dodge City, Kansas#6 Kate's in Dodge City, Kansas is a bar & grill which opened as the Coney Island in 1946. The building was bought by a man named Kate when his place a few block's away burned. It has changed hands a few times over the years, but has been under the current owner for over 20 years.

The chili cheeseburger is served, not on a bun, but open faced, on two slices of white bread, one on top of the other. The chili has a few beans, which isn't my first choice for chili on fries, hot dogs or burgers, but there are few enough that I didn't mind. The flavor of the chili is just what I look for in a topping and this is one of the rare places that I don't add black or red pepper to the chili. Not that it was extremely spicy, it was just flavorful.

Kate's, 305 E Trail Street, Dodge City, Kansas 67801 (620) 225-9466

Kate's - Dodge City, Kansas#8 The Gridiron Café in Hope, Kansas is a small restaurant in a former garage on the main street of this rural town of about 350 people. It is open for lunch 7 days a week, plus evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Lion Burger is a 1/3 pound burger with sautéed onions & mushrooms, bacon & Swiss cheese, plus a side of skin-on fries for $6.29. The fries are OK, but the burger is very good. 

Kate's, 305 E Trail Street, Dodge City, Kansas 67801 (620) 225-9466 

Ty's Diner - Wichita, Kansas#4 Ty's Diner in Wichita, Kansas isn't a diner, but a 59 year old hamburger joint. It is the kind of burger joint where people wait in line most of the few hours Ty's is open each day. But the wait is rarely more than 15 minutes. The menu is simple and the hamburgers are hand formed from ground beef that is delivered each morning and the French fries are cut fresh each day.

The burgers can be ordered with toppings such as jalapenos, ham, bacon or grilled onions. You won't go wrong with the bacon cheeseburger.

Ty's Diner, 928 W. 2nd Street North, Wichita, Kansas 67203  (316) 263-1416

Prairie Nut Hut - Altoona, Kansas#3 The Prairie Nut Hut in Altoona, Kansas is a unique little bar and grill. Originally opened in the 1940s or 50s (the present owners are uncertain), the Prairie Nut Hut was operated as the A&B Tavern and well known for serving mountain oysters until closing in the 1980s. It was reopened mid 1990s, and is now a fun place to get generous servings of hamburgers, chicken fried steak and mountain oysters.

As good as the mountain oysters at Altoona's Prairie Nut Hut are, the hamburgers are even better. The Rohr burger (with grilled onions, mushrooms and Swiss cheese) is as good a burger as I have ever had.

Prairie Nut Hut, 1306 Quincy Street, Altoona, Kansas 66710  (620) 568-2900 

Bob's Grill - Pittsburg, Kansas#2 There has been a restaurant at the location of Bob's Grill in Pittsburg, Kansas since 1946. It became Bob's Grill in 1964 and the current owner is the third owner of the Grill. This little restaurant is open only for breakfast and lunch, closing at 1PM on Saturdays and all day on Sundays. Breakfast or lunch is available any time it is open.

The burger shown is the triple cheeseburger. It is served with pickle, mustard and onion - grilled onion if you wish. Just a simple greasy burger, but it is so good. 

Bob's Grill, 1014 N Broadway Street, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762  (620) 232-9738

Bomber Burger - Wichita, Kansas#1 Bomber Burger in Wichita, Kansas first opened in 1951 and it has been in the Rickard family since 1985. Chris Rickard, who presently runs it, took over in 1997 following the death of his father, Paul Rickard. Bomber Burger has a counter with seven stools and four small, two person tables. The food is served with an attitude.

The burgers are grilled slowly (15-20 minutes), so they stay very moist. They are sprinkled with a secret mixture of garlic powder & other spices and, despite being more done then I prefer, are the best cheeseburgers I have had in Wichita. 

Bomber Burger, 4860 S. Clifton Avenue, Wichita, Kansas 67216  (316) 522-6291 

There are many other great places to get a burger in Kansas, though sometimes it may be more about the setting and the tradition then the food. Here are reviews of Bobo's Drive In in Topeka, The Cozy Inn in Salina, Fritz's Railroad Restaurant in Kansas City, Grandstand Burgers in Overland Park, R-B Drive In in Hutchinson, Specks Bar and Grill in Topeka and Town Topic in Mission.

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