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.
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
Nu Grille Cafe, 24 N. National Avenue, Fort Scott, Kansas
66701 (620) 223-9949
Burgers are are a locally popular sandwich in the Fredonia, Kansas area.
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
Beef Burger Bob's, 621 Main Street, Neodesha, Kansas 66757
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
Snack Shack, 8039 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, Kansas
66204 (913) 381-3200
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
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)
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
Kate's, 305 E Trail Street, Dodge City, Kansas 67801 (620)
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
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
Prairie Nut Hut, 1306 Quincy Street, Altoona, Kansas 66710
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
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
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
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