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Apr 27, 2010 11:40 AM

Best burgers in Kansas

Where are the best burgers in Kansas?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. "Local Burger" in Lawrence offers guilt-free burgers that would satisfy the staunchest localvores. I don't know if its the best, but it's distinctive. And not just beef patties, but also elk, veggie and tofu!

    1. I like Local Burger too. My favorite hamburger in Lawrence, though, is at Dempsey's Burger Stand. Delicious combinations and the truffle fries are heavenly!

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      1. re: egging

        Finally made it in to the Burger Stand at Dempsey's today (and it was a good thing because we discovered we had no power when we got home!) I had classic burger with cheddar and microgreens, which was fantastic. The meat was cooked perfectly, with chargrilled edges but juicy and medium in the center, just how I like it. The bun was fresh and there was a good pickle alongside. My mom and I shared sweet potato fries, which would be my only complaint. They sugar them! I mean, what the heck?!? Great, carotene rich fresh sweet potatoes do not need cinnamon sugar. The sugar doesn't complement the flavor of the sweet potatoes, and struck me as silly. Being different is all fine if the flavors are good, but this is just not a good combo. I could barely taste the cumin they said was thrown in with the cinnamon sugar. I think they should consider cinnamon, cumin, and SALT for those fries. We'll definitely go for another kind next visit. Which there will be one, because the burgers are fantastic. My mom had a romesco burger, which she loved, said it's a great combo of textures and flavors. Overall, thumbs up!

        1. re: amyzan

          The Burger Stand is at The Casbah now. Haven't been to the new location yet, though. Anyone?

          1. re: amyzan

            We've been there several times, most recent being this past Monday, and they are very good. Burgers are cooked medium. I always have the black and blue burger which comes with apple chutney. I usually have the truffle fries which are good but can be inconsistent. Mine the other day were a little too soggy, but still good and generously seasoned with parmesan. The sweet potato fries are good too, but as someone else said they do come seasoned with a cinnamon sugar mixture, which I like. I don't know if it's the best in the state, but it's a good burger. They plan on expanding to Topeka later this year. Other good burgers...Henry T's in Lawrence and Topeka and Annie's Place in Topeka.

            1. re: craigl14

              Thanks, I'll have to try the black and blue burger, sounds good!

      2. I'll give a shout out to Blanc Burgers and Bottles in KC, MO or Leawood, KS. When they're firing on all cylinders, they make a good burger and crispy sweet potato fries. Room 39 also makes fantastic burgers with McGonigle's beef and buns from Farm to Market. Their regular fries are the best in town, IMO. I'm itching to go to the Burger Stand in Lawrence for those duck fat fries, though...

        1. I have to throw out Ty's Diner here in Wichita as a terrific burger joint. Thin, crispy burgers, available with anything you could want in the way of traditional condiments. Plus, hand cut fries and those tempting corn fritters. Ty's detractors have a slew of complaints... it's greasy, it's run down, the bathrooms aren't up to date... but the constant line out the door of people waiting for a bun full of burger heaven proves that you can't beat a good old burger joint. If I eat there at lunch, upon returning to the lab, people can actually smell the place on me and immediately want to know why I was selfish and didn't take them. It's that good.

          Ty's Diner
          928 W 2nd St N, Wichita, KS 67203

          1. Bomber Burger in Wichita a small hole in the wall joint that has been operating since the '80s. The burgers are lightly dusted with garlic before slow grilling so they stay moist. Also fresh cut fries.

            Prairie Nut Hut in Altoona, Kansas is better known for their hand prepared mountain oysters, but their burgers are even better. My favorite of the variety of burgers they offer is the Rohr burger (with grilled onions, mushrooms and Swiss cheese). Originally opened in the '40s, it reopened about 15 years ago.

            Others worth considering include Ty's Dinner in Wichita, R-B Drive In in Hutchinson, and Nu Grille in Fort Scott. They all have great burgers and atmosphere.

            The Cozy Inn in Salina deserves consideration for tradition and atmosphere, more than for the still decent little burgers they have been grilling for 85 years. Beef Burger Bob's in Fredonia and the original Nu-Way Cafe in Wichita are neat places to get loose meat burgers.

            There are a growing number of places offering gourmet burgers in the KC and Lawrence area. I don't think any of their burgers measure up to the first 5 that I mentioned, but the best of the bunch is the newest - BRGR in Prairie Village.


            Prairie Nut Hut
            1306 Quincy St, Altoona, KS 66710

            R-B Drive In
            201 E Avenue A, Hutchinson, KS 67501

            Beef Burger Bob's
            1218 N 2nd St, Fredonia, KS 66736

            Nu Grille
            24 N National Ave, Fort Scott, KS 66701

            Bomber Burger
            4860 S Clifton Ave, Wichita, KS 67216

            Cozy Inn
            108 N 7th St, Salina, KS 67401

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            1. re: KansasTravel

              I second the BRGR in Prairie Village recommendation - great atmosphere and great food. Also, if you just want something quick, you have to throw 5 GUYS Burgers in the mix too! (Locations in Olathe, Overland Park and Liberty.)

              1. re: aliwalsh

                Quick, meaning the atmosphere is carefully crafted to encourage you to eat quickly and leave. There is also one at the Legends.

                I do like 5 Guys burgers. They do the best job of the large fast food chains. My only complaint being that their burgers are all cooked well done.

              2. re: KansasTravel

                +1 on the burgers at R&B drive in in Hutchinson. Skeats, a little diner next to the fairgrounds also has a signature Moonburger, served with cheese, bacon, and mayo. I always get mine with grilled onions. Skeats tends to be a bit greasy, but good. They hand-form their patties (no frozen hockey pucks) and serve homemade, hand-cut french fries (no big bags from Sysco!)

                1. re: Antithesisofpop

                  I've only had breakfast at Skeats. It was reasonably priced, good solid food. And very busy on a Saturday morning.

                  1. re: KansasTravel

                    Haven't been to Hutchinson in a long time, but R-B is pretty cool. You can get a burger as large as a plate. All hand formed and they use beef from a local butcher. He also makes a special blend in the soda fountain, 'green river'?

                    Skaets is good for a nice steak or burger. Not expensive and all char grilled in their open kitchen. The ladies that run the place are divine, and this is the best people watching place around. The tables are extreme on closeness so you can basically hear everything said in the whole (small) place. Insanely busy during fair.