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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does The Rusty Nail rate?

Rusty Nail
1155 S Washington Ave, Wichita, KS 67211

By Mike Thayer

I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

It's a Tuesday and time for dinner, so I headed over to The Rusty Nail for a burger bite and to hang out with my buddy Remington and his significant other Kayla.  These two are like the perfect couple and recommended this place for a get-together.

Rusty Nail and their Damn Good Burger with a fried mushroom side
Average presentation, seriously, is that mouthwatering appeal? Not really.

If you've never been to the Rusty Nail, here's the info from their About page:  Best friends for over 20 years, we are Shauna Claycomb & Kristi Utz. We have dreamt of many businesses where we could excel and The Rusty Nail is the finished dream! The Rusty Nail incorporates our vision and 40 combined years of hard-earned knowledge. With the help from so many, we gutted and remodeled a distinct, 3 level building in the heart of Wichita. We believe that supporting local, giving back to our community, and striving for 'Green' practices will allow us to gain many more best-friends. Come in to try our unique house-made food, signature cocktail on tap, and daily specials. We want to personally invite you to come visit our dream!

Rusty Nail Burger
The under the lid reveal, nicely melted cheddar, but the meat to bun ratio is a bit off.

A bar with a great neighborhood vibe, I arrived just after 6pm, Remington and Kayla were already seated and sipping on some Jack & Coke.  Our waitress for the evening, Jessica, popped over soon after I sat down to take my drink order, I went with a Jim Beam Peach and what a great price at just $2.25!

For dinner I went with what The Rusty Nail calls a Damn Good Burger.  It's a 1/3 pound beef patty and you can pretty much top it off however you want.  You can select from a nice variety of cheeses, go classic with lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles, raw and/or grilled onion.  You can kick things up a notch with jalapenos, mushrooms, BBQ sauce and even grape jelly.  Upcharge adds include bacon, onion rings, guacamole, extra cheese, salsa and pork verde.  Keeping in line with the Challenge, I went classic with lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles and onion along with cheddar cheese and a bacon add.  For my side I went with fried mushrooms for a change of pace.

Rusty Nail Burger
Beef was over cooked and under seasoned

It didn't take long for the food to arrive and I took that first bite.  I have to say I was a bit disappointed.  The 1/3 pound burger patty was under seasoned and over cooked, leaving it a bit dry.  The bacon had good coverage but was unevenly cooked and lacked a black pepper kick.  The cheddar was nice, the toast on the bun was decent and the veggies were on point but I didn't get any pickles.  And while the bun holds up from first bite to last, the meat to bun ratio was a bit off, the sandwich is a bit bread heavy.

Side Note:  The fried mushrooms were good, but not great.  They were fried nicely and the shrooms gave you that juicy bite you're looking for but the batter lacked some seasoning punch.  The dipping sauce was needed, without it, the mushrooms are a bit bland.

Rusty Nail Burger
Plenty of onion, juicy red tomato, no pickles

Costing me $12.62 after tax for the burger and side, the Rusty Nail Damn Good Burger scored 53 points out of a possible 63, earning it 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a good burger, but I wouldn't call it Damn Good.  And sure, I could have added some of those other topping options, but remember why I'm sticking to a classic bacon cheeseburger format for this Challenge... If a burger joint can't put together a classic bacon cheeseburger and do it well, then there's no reason to sample their other burger options.  An under seasoned and over cooked beef patty prevented this from being a better burger.

4 stars

What the Rusty Nail calls a Damn Good Burger
This is an average burger, I was hoping for better from this place.

Located at 1155 S Washington Ave, Wichita, KS 67211, The Rusty Nail has a comfortable atmosphere, friendly service and very reasonable prices.  Jessica our server was great despite the drop on the pickles (don't know if that was on her, or the kitchen), her service was attentive and super friendly.  It's a very Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly bar but their burgers and fried mushrooms could use a bit more seasoning.

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Buster's Burger Joint rate?

Buster's Burger Joint
1202 E MacArthur Rd, Wichita, KS 67216

By Mike Thayer

I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

Buster's Burger Joint Carry Out
Generous portion of tots!

For this Tuesday Burger Challenge Lunch, I headed over the Buster's Burger Joint.  Here's the description from their Facebook page:  Locally owned true Burger Joint. Serving fresh burgers, great fries, tots or onion rings and fellowship in an old fashioned dive! 

Yes, it is a dive, but it's a clean dive unlike Bomber Burger.  Seating just 11, this place is cash only and is hopping with business!  I entered the place a bit after 11am like I've been doing during the course of this Challenge for my first meal of the day.  Buster's was already just about at seating capacity and the gents behind the counter were working it, preparing all the dine-in, call-in and carry-out orders.  It was impressive to watch!

Buster's Burger Joint, Cheeseburger w/bacon
Just look at that meat protruding from the bun...

I ordered the double cheeseburger with a bacon add, tater tots for a side and a drink.  I was told it would be about a 20 minute wait.  "No problem" I replied, knowing it was going to be well worth the wait.  With the place just about at capacity, I went with a carry-out order but did park it in one of the few remaining seats and starting sipping on a Mountain Dew Baja Blast.

I received my meal at about the 15 minute mark.  I like it when a place gives you a time frame, then beats it.   My Trekkie sense was telling me The Scotty Principle (also known as The Scotty Effect or The Scotty Factor) was at play here.  It's the technique of adding extra time to your estimate for how long something will take.  Sandbag the time and you appear to be a wizard when you accomplish the task quicker than what you announced.  Underpromise and overdeliver - The Scotty Principle.  Nice job Buster's, I like your style!

Buster's Burger
Toasted bun deliciousness and a generous portion of onion!

The burger was phenomenal.  The patties had a superior flat top crust, they were seasoned well and juicy.  Loaded with bacon, this is a carnivore's dream burger, check out that meat to bun ratio!  Wrapping up all that savory beef, bacon and cheese goodness was a butter toasted bun complimented by tart, crisp pickles and a generous portion of onion.

Side Note:  The tater tots were good, fried nicely and seasoned well, yes, something to snack on during the drive home.  No ketchup required.

Buster's Burger Joint
The sports memorabilia is pretty cool

Costing me $11 plus hitting the tip jar, the Buster's Burger Joint Double Cheeseburger with a bacon add scored a 59 out of a possible 63 points earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Buster's is VERY Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly, the value is tremendous and if Buster's isn't already on your burger to try list, it should be! 

5 stars

Located at 1202 E MacArthur Rd, Wichita, KS 67216, Buster's Burger Joint cranks out stellar burgers.  I'm not the only person that wishes they would open up another location.

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Deano's Grill & Tapworks rate?

Deano's Grill & Tapworks
A classic martini, a birthday martini

By Mike Thayer

I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

For today's Burger Challenge dinner, I headed over to Deano's Grill & Tapworks.  Today is also my birthday, so celebrating with a few adult beverages is in order.  I've been to Deano's before, it's a really nice sports bar with a great menu and their Doggy Breath pizza is stellar!

Deano's Grill & Tapworks Classic Cheeseburger w/bacon
That's a good looking burger plate!

I entered the place at around 4:30pm and found a seat at the bar.  Ashley the bartender quickly introduced herself with a big smile, setting me up with a coaster as she asked me what I would like to drink and if I needed a food menu.  Being my birthday, I went big with a classic martini, shaken, not stirred, yes, I went there...  James, James Bond...   with two olives.   Ashley makes a fine martini!  Already knowing what I was going to order for my evening meal in reviewing the menu online, I ordered the Deano's Classic Cheeseburger with a bacon add.  Here's the description from the restaurant menu: Beef patty, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, ketchup, mayo, and cheddar cheese. Served on a brioche bun.

Under the lid reveal
Nice touch with the red onion, a better onion bite and 3 slices of bacon, not the typical 2 you get in most places.
Pretty standard sounding right?  Execution is the key and let me tell you Deano's crafts a FINE burger!   Hitting all the points that you're looking for in a stellar burger, the visual appeal was mouthwatering, the patty had nice grill marks, it was seasoned well and juicy.  The bacon was aplenty, with three strips topping the burger, not the typical two that you get in most joints.  The cheddar cheese was melted nicely and had a good medium sharpness to it.  Deano's puts red onion on their burger which I prefer, it's a nicer bite than regular white or yellow.  The pickles were thick cut and provided some delightful tart notes, balanced out with freshly shredded lettuce and juicy red tomato.  Packaging it all up nicely was that butter toasted brioche bun. 
 
Deano's Grill & Tapworks burger
It's a well executed burger, from bottom bun to the lid
Side Note:  The fries were good, fried nicely and seasoned well.  I got the light crispy edge on the exterior and the fluffy potato interior.  Other side choices included coleslaw, mashed potatoes, two pretzels, mac and cheese, cup of soup, rice and mixed vegetables.  I was tempted by the mac & cheese, perhaps next time.
 
My Dad called while I was dining to wish me a Happy Birthday, the big 6-0h!  The lady seated next to me overheard my conversation and the birthday wish and took the liberty of buying me dessert!  What a totally unexpected but very pleasant surprise!  I went with the Fried Cheesecake Bites, six mini cheesecake bites filled with raspberry sauce and then flash fried, served up in more raspberry sauce and whipped cream.  Totally Delicious!  And I returned the super nice gesture by buying the lady a Flip Flop Martini, which is Peach Schnapps and Pama shaken with sweet/sour, fresh lemon juice and a splash of Sprite served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.

Costing me about $14 for the burger and fries, the Deano's Grill & Tapworks Classic Cheeseburger with a bacon add on scored 59 points out of a possible 63, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's most definitely a repeat buy and deserves to be on your burger to try list if you haven't done so already.

5 stars

Deano's Classic Cheeseburger w/bacon
It was "Another Dose of YUM!" in every bite.

Located at 9747 E 21st St N Suite 101, Wichita, KS 67206, Deano's Grill & Tapworks is a thumbs up place all the way around.  The service is top notch, the drinks are smooth, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere super friendly.  What a great place to just hang out and catch a game and/or catch up with friends.  Thank you Ashley, thank you kitchen, thank you Pam W for buying my dessert, it was nice to meet and visit with you!

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Deano's Fried Cheesecake Bites
Birthday dessert courtesy of Pam W. Gotta love it when somebody you just met, buys dessert!

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Burger King rate?

Burger King Whopper with cheese & bacon
Does a Whopper compete against local burger places?

By Mike Thayer

I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

I was out-and-about running errands on Monday the 8th (Birthday shopping for myself) and it was time for lunch, so I stopped in a Burger King for a Whopper with cheese and bacon.

I know what you're thinking, "Mike, everybody has had the fast food experience, why bother?"

BK Whopper w/cheese and bacon
Classic sesame seed bun

I'm including the fast food joints in this challenge for a number of reasons.  I am interested in who has the best fast food burger.  I know people have their preferences, but that preference doesn't necessarily translate to a better fast food burger.   There's the convenience factor with fast food, work, busy schedule, time constraints, driving distance, drive thru accessible, etc.  In my experience and in talking food with a lot of folks, some people for whatever reason just habitually eat at the same fast food places, not necessarily getting the best fast food burger.  Perhaps the price is right and/or it's close to work/home, but it's not the best of it's kind available. So is that really a robust fast food burger experience?  Nope. Checking out fast food options serves as a baseline if you will.  It's food information, a demonstration in how other places like a local fast casual or bar might be so much tastier and really not that much more expensive.  It's good to know info!   You'll see it all laid out in the final report.  It's going to be interesting to see how fast food ranks when directly competing against fast casual, diner, dive, bar & grill.  And here's kind of a 'tell' for why fast food is included in this challenge and shouldn't be dismissed... When is the last time you had a burger from A&W?  They're pretty good if you didn't know and their ranking might surprise you.  

BK Whopper
The under the lid reveal

For my Burger Challenge lunch this date, I ordered a Whopper with cheese and bacon combo meal to include onion rings and a soda.  I've never actually had a Whopper w/cheese with bacon on it before, so I was a bit intrigued to see if the bacon would elevate the sandwich.  It did a bit, but not enough to convince me it's any better than the next burger joint.  I will say this particular BK did a fair job of assembling this burger, there wasn't sloppy prep that you typically see with fast food.  The classic BK Flame Broiled char marks were there, the sesame seed bun had a nice toast, the veggies were fresh and the condiments were generously applied, BK doesn't hold back on that and their creamy mayo I think is what helps give the Whopper its distinctive flavor.  It's a good, but not great burger.

BK Whopper w/cheese and bacon
Even BK understands NOT to put the bacon on the patty in a 'X'. It's applied side by side for better coverage and bacon in every bite.

Side Note:  The Burger King onion rings are average at best, but I opted for them over BK fries, which I'm not a big fan of.  I had initially requested cheesy tots as my side, but cheesy tots are apparently not an option in combo meals.

Costing me $13.42 for the combo meal, the Burger King Whopper with cheese and bacon scored 50 out of a possible 63 points earning it 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  But look at that price!  That's on the high end of fast food prices, an example of why folks should consider a local fast casual or bar/grill to have a much better burger for about the same price!   A Whopper is a repeat buy but ONLY if you're on time constraints and BK is your closest option, or maybe a Plan B alternative when on the road traveling and you don't want to take the time for a sit down restaurant.  Let's face it, BK  is an "Eh" burger experience.  It's far from the best, but also not the worst option out there.

4 stars

BK Whopper
The classic BK Flame Broiled char, not bad for a frozen patty.

The Burger King visited on this occasion is located at 2111 N Woodlawn St, Wichita, KS 67208.  The service as polite but obligatory, I received my meal in about five minutes and the self serve drink machine (one of those touch screen Coke models) was out of ice.  The restaurant was clean and presentable, which is kind of a hit and miss thing when it comes to BK restaurants.  It's all in how well they're managed.

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Bubba's33 rate?

Bubba's33 Wichita
412 S Towne East Mall Dr, Wichita, KS 67207

By Mike Thayer

I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

Bubba's33
Blackberry Smash Cocktail, DELICIOUS!

For today's Burger Challenge dinner, I headed over to Bubba's33.   Located in the Towne East Mall Square area on the Kellogg side and across the street from Rusty Eck Ford, I've been to Bubba's33 quite a few times and have never had a bad meal there.  Specializing in pizza, wings, burgers and beer, it's a great place to catch a game on one of their many big screens. 

Entering Bubba's33 at about 4:30pm, it was open seating in the bar area but the bar itself was already pretty packed.  I found a vacant nearby table and parked it, in full view of a half dozen big screen TVs.  Ryley the waiter soon arrived, introduced himself and took my order for a Blackberry Smash cocktail, an absolutely delicious mixology of Crown Royal® hand shaken with a hint of Bubba’s 33 sweet & sour, DeKuyper® Razzmatazz® Liqueur, and fresh blackberries.  It's my go-to whenever I'm at Bubba's, I have yet to try and re-create it at home.  I engaged myself in a variety of sports programming as I waited for Ryley to return with my drink.

Bubba's33 Bacon Burger & Onion Rings
Nice burger appeal & the battered onion rings look good, but just 5 of them? Really?

It didn't take long at all for Ryley to return with that enticing cocktail and I placed my order for the Bubba's33 Bacon Burger.  Here's the description of my Burger Challenge dinner choice for this evening's meal - a Bacon Burger - from the Bubba's33 website:  Two Bubba's signature beef and bacon grind patties (half pound total weight) pressed and stacked with Bubba sauce, American cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion. 

Passing time watching a variety of sports highlights, texting and Facebook posting, my burger soon arrived and when presented by Ryley I was reminded of my recent experience at Applebee's, a good looking burger... accompanied by five, count them just five onion rings.  It was a disappointing burger and side experience at Applebee's both in taste and quantity.  Fortunately, Bubba's33 makes a superior burger.

Bubba's33 Bacon Burger
A nicely stacked burger, but that bacon should be ON the burger, not outside it!  It hangs like a cow's tongue.

I took my first bite of the bacon burger and it was quite tasty, living up to my expectation for never having a bad meal at Bubba's33.  The beef & bacon grind was nicely prepared, seasoned well and juicy.  The bacon was crisp but a point was docked because the bacon was applied in the dreaded 'X' way, so there wasn't bacon in every bite.  I don't know why some restaurants are OK with this, it's NOT a better presentation, it's lazy and without bacon in every bite it's just not as good of a bacon cheeseburger experience as it could be.  Either apply the bacon to the burger in half slices side-by-side or shape it into triangles prior to cooking, providing the customer the ultimate in bacon in every bite experience.  Bacon coverage over the entire burger is what makes it a bacon cheeseburger and it only takes perhaps one more minute in prep time!  The bun was toasted nicely, the Bubba Sauce - a kicked up Thousand Island dressing - was nice, the melted cheese was on point, the shredded lettuce was fresh but the tomato wasn't the juiciest red and the onion was almost non-existent.

The under the lid reveal
Nice toast on the bun, Bubba's sauce was tasty, but the "X" application of bacon, NOVICE prep!

Side Note:  The battered onion rings were delicious, but the quantity was a downer.  Looking back, I guess I've always gotten the fries with a basket type meal in the past and it's not like their fry portion is huge either, but c'mon, five onion rings?

Costing me a bit under $14 for the burger and onion rings, the Bubba's33 Bacon Burger scored 56 out of a possible 63 points, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.   It's a very good but not a truly great burger and it's worthy of a repeat buy, but the not as fresh as it could be tomato and lack of onion prevents it from being a Top 5 burger in this Challenge and I've got quite a few restaurants yet to sample.

5 stars

Bubba's33 Burger
Not the juiciest red tomato and where's the onion?

Located at 412 S Towne East Mall Dr, Wichita, KS 67207, Bubba's33 is a fun place to dine with friends, enjoy some interesting cocktails and grab some overall good eats while watching a game.  The service provided by Ryley was friendly and professional, but it wasn't as attentive as it could have been, he seemed far more 'focused' on tables with multiple guests rather than my table of one, working the larger tab tip...  

Related: Bubba's 33 crafts some pretty tasty burgers

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Bubba's33 Bacon Burger
Properly cooked to order and juicy

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Burger Central rate?

Burger Central
3302 W Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67203

By Mike Thayer

I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

For today's Burger Challenge lunch, I headed over to Burger Central.  Here's the 'About Us' description from the Burger Central website:  If you're looking for a good burger in Wichita, Kansas then look no further. Come to Burger Central where we serve Bacon Cheeseburger, Fireburger, Chicken Fried Steak, and more. We also serve Hot dogs, Corn Dogs and Grilled Cheese. Find us at the corner of Central Avenue and Zoo Blvd. We're not far from the Sedgwick County Zoo and Botanica. Order online for carryout!

Burger Central Bacon Cheeseburger basket
Good looking basket to include a generous portion of hand cut french fries

As is my Burger Challenge habit in skipping breakfast, I walked into Burger Central at about 11:15am to enjoy my first meal of the day.  I was greeted nicely by the two guys working the place and placed my order for a fully loaded Bacon Cheeseburger, tater tots and a drink.  Featuring a 1/4 pound freshly ground all beef patty, the  bacon cheeseburger requested comes topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard and ketchup.  I was asked if I wanted grilled or raw onion which I thought was a nice touch and in the mood for raw, that's where I went.  Receiving my drink cup, I poured myself a Dr. Pepper and found a seat.

Squeeze bottles of ketchup and mustard were brought to my table as my meal was being prepared and an episode of Friends was on TV in the seating area, love that show!  With some great aromas coming from the kitchen, my burger was crafted in little time and along with fries fresh out of the fryer was delivered to my table.  As soon as the great looking burger and fry basket was set in front of me, the guy delivering it said, "You ordered tater tots didn't you?"

Bacon Cheeseburger
Bacon in every bite

"Yes actually, but these fries look great!" I responded.

"Enjoy those, I'll get your tater tots" and off the guy went to the kitchen.

Giving him a very appreciative thank you, that was some stellar customer service right there.  Some places wouldn't correct the wrong like that if they get an inkling you're OK with what was provided, in this case the fries, in error.  And these were great looking fries, I seriously would have been fine with foregoing the tots, but Burger Central made it right.

The fries were good, but the star of the show was that burger!  All the fundamentals were nailed in the preparation of the burger.  The patty was seasoned well, packed with flavor and super juicy, one of the juicier burgers of the Challenge.  The bacon was crispy and there was bacon in every bite.  The cheese was melted nicely and the veggies were generously portioned, fresh and on point in complimenting the savory beef and bacon notes.  Wrapping it all up nicely was a butter toasted bun kicking up the flavor element another notch and it more than stood up to all the juices from the burger and moisture from the fresh veggies.

Bacon Cheeseburger
Juicy burger, nice flat top sear

Side Note:  I love a good french fry, but I'm a tater tot guy (see what I did there?  Poet and didn't know it, give me a dime for my rhyme...).  When tots are on the menu, I'll take those over fries.   I thankfully got to sample both at Burger Central and they're both excellent.  The fries are hand cut, they were perfectly fried providing that slightly crispy exterior and fluffy potato interior.  I did have to add a touch of salt.  I like tots and the greater crunch factor they provide along with the soft spud interior, it's kind of like KFC Extra Crispy Chicken - potato version.  Burger Central fried the tots up perfectly, delivered them to my table seconds after coming out of the fryer.

Burger Central Tater Tots
The tater tots, perfectly fried, generous portion

Costing me $8.59 for the burger, side and a drink, the Burger Central Bacon Cheeseburger scored 58 points out of a possible 63, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.   The burger was flavorful, juicy, stacked well and very balanced.  Burger Central crafts a top notch classic bacon cheeseburger and it's Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly at only $8.59 for the basket.  This is a repeat buy, a burger I would order again, and again, and again.

5 stars

Burger Central
The Burger Central Menu

Located at 3302 W Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67203, Burger Central should be on everybody's burger joint list if it isn't already.  The guys working there are great, the service was super friendly, attentive, fast.  I'm looking forward to a repeat visit and perhaps sampling that good looking chicken fried steak!

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Braum's rate?

Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Store
The Braum's visited is located at: 1261 S Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67207

By Mike Thayer

I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

Today's Burger Challenge dinner took me to Braum's.  They're a regional fast food chain, with nearly 300 stores operating in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. 

Braum's Bacon Cheeseburger
Decent initial appearance, but then there's the cheese...

Braum's is the 16th place visited on this 72 restaurant stop tour and it has been awhile since I've had one of their burgers.  I ordered their #5, a combo meal featuring a 1/4 pound bacon cheeseburger, fries and a drink.  Changing things up a bit in the drink department, I went with a strawberry shake.  The place wasn't all that busy so it was easy to find a spot to sit.

Here's the burger description from the Braum's website:  Braum’s Bacon Cheeseburger starts with a 100% pure beef patty. Then, we pile on hickory smoked bacon and cheese. We add fresh lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, Braum’s sauce and mayo. It’s all served on a sesame seed bun freshly baked in Braum’s bakery!

Braum's Bacon Cheeseburger
Juicy red tomato, nice toast on the bun... but check out the lack of melt on the cheese...  Hmm...

After about 10 minute wait, my order number was called and I went up to the counter to pick up my tray.  There was no strawberry shake to be seen, they hadn't even started to prepare it yet...   The manager noticed and confirmed with me, she then quickly made one up and set it on the tray.

The burger had a decent visual appeal in the unwrapping, but the cheese wasn't melted because the burger patty obviously wasn't fresh off the flat top.  Obviously, the cheese wasn't applied to the beef while still being cooked and some places don't do that, they place the cheese on during assembly of the sandwich.  I don't have a big problem with that IF the burger has just been removed from the grill, is steaming hot for assembly, slap on the cheese, the residual heat will provide a decent melt to it.  But that wasn't the case here.  And during the under the lid reveal, a minor adjustment to the bacon was needed to ensure I got bacon in every bite.  Some of the fundamentals were hit, the patty had a decent sear and was seasoned well, the veggies were on point and the bun had a nice toast.  The flavor was there, but I was served a luke warm burger.

Under the lid reveal
A good but not great sear on the patty, which by the way isn't too hot to touch... Note the firm corners on the cheese...

Side Note:  Braum's crinkle cuts fries are unremarkable.  I already knew this going in, I've never been a fan of Braum's fries but since there are no tater tot or onion ring alternatives, fries it was in keeping with the parameters of this Challenge.  Braum's doesn't fry their fries quite long enough for that ultimate crispy outer potato edge and they're always under seasoned.  Adding to the lackluster taste, they didn't come just out of the fryer hot, they were warm, but I have the feeling they sat on my tray for awhile waiting for the burger and shake to find their way over.

Costing me a bit over $8, the Braum's Bacon Cheeseburger scored 51 out of a possible 63 points, earning it 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Overall a good burger, but there were a few fundamental misses preventing it from being a better burger such as a better sear, melted cheese and a little more care in timely assembly.  For the price, it's a repeat buy, the fries, not so much...

4 stars

Bacon Cheeseburger
Did I mention the lack of melt on the cheese?

The Braum's visited on this occasion is located at 1261 S Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67207.  The service was cordial enough yet typical fast food obligatory and there was an apparent lack of communication when it came to preparing my order.

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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Broadway Burgers & BBQ rate?

Broadway Burges & BBQ
1659 S Broadway, Wichita, KS 67211

By Mike Thayer

I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

For today's Burger Challenge lunch, I headed over to Broadway Burgers & BBQ.   Here's the description of this iconic burger joint from their Facebook page: Here you don't have to choose between favorites. Fresh burgers and BBQ smoked and grilled every single day. Our hamburger is fresh never frozen, delivered to us daily. We hand cut our french fries and fixings everyday. The BBQ is made from the finest meats and cooked in our smoker, that sits out in front of the restaurant to let everyone know we are here cooking!

Broadway Burgers & BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger (single)
That's a well dressed, good looking burger!

As is my Burger Challenge habit in skipping breakfast, I walked into Broadway Burgers & BBQ a bit after 11am to enjoy my first meal of the day.  There were already a number of customers ahead of me and folks hitting the drive thru.  But it didn't take long at all for my turn to place an order and I went with of course, a bacon cheeseburger, a single (patties are 1/4 pound).  To help keep their prices low, toppings such as lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion are available by request only.  There's a sign posted behind the counter where you order.  I can appreciate that, besides, not everybody likes a fully loaded classic burger with all the toppings so why put them on by default, right?  I do like a loaded burger however, also getting mayo, mustard and ketchup with it.  Making it a meal, I ordered a french fry side and a soda.

Bacon Cheeseburger
A great balance and marriage of topping flavor

After receiving a cup for the self serve and pouring myself a Pepsi (the fountain was out of ice or it hadn't yet been filled to start the day), I found a seat.  It didn't take long for my burger and fries to be delivered to my table, served on a plastic style plate.   It's a good looking burger with an inviting appeal.

I took the first bite, NICE!  The burger patty was seasoned well, juicy and had a nice flat top crust.  There was a nice coverage of bacon, but one of the slices was a bit chewy and stringy, it was one of those that you can't quite bite through and the whole thing pulls away and out from the burger.  There was a generous portion of veggies, on point and fresh, the cheese was melted nicely and there was a perfect toast on the bun.   Overall this was a very nicely balanced bacon cheeseburger hitting all the flavor and texture notes you're looking for, savory, crispy, creamy, tart, fresh, juicy.

Bacon Cheeseburger
A nice flat top crust on the burger

Side Note:  The side of fries was a generous portion, fried and seasoned nicely.

Costing me $10.19 for a very enjoyable lunch, the Broadway Burger & BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger scored 57 points out of a possible 63, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It was quite tasty and I wish I would have gotten a double, it's most definitely a repeat buy.

5 stars

Located at 1659 S Broadway, Wichita, KS 67211, Broadway Burger & BBQ cranks out a darn good burger while providing friendly, informative and attention to burger detail service.

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