By Mike Thayer
Regular readers know that I've been traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from just about any joint that has burgers on the menu. It doesn't really matter who, I've sampled burgers from local joints, regional restaurants and the national chains. To determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, a broad sampling has to be taken in order to measure the best. I'm on a mission in the name of "burger science" (cough). For the burger criteria, click here.
For a Friday night burger dinner, I headed over to Madrocks Sports Bar & Grill in Derby. Madrocks is an awesome sports bar, the bar itself is huge and there are TVs on every wall, every angle is covered, so it doesn't matter where you sit, you'll be able to view whatever sport show, game, event being shown.
Getting there about 5pm, the place was already hopping but there was no wait, I was seated immediately. I ordered a cocktail to get things started and checked out the menu. Madrocks serves up 1/2 pound burgers, proudly made with local meats from Yoder Meats. They also claim to make the best burgers in Derby. A fried pickle appetizer was ordered, along with yes, you guessed it, a Bacon Cheeseburger. For my side I went with Tater Tots. They top their Bacon Cheeseburgers with cheddar, all their burgers come with lettuce, tomato and onion.
Despite being busy (a steady stream of people were coming in), it didn't take long for the fried pickle appetizer to arrive and they were pretty tasty. Nice and crispy, they were accompanied with a side of Ranch dressing to dip into which was nice, but not necessary.
After polishing off most of the pickles, the burger arrived. A nice presentation, it was served lid off, with the melted cheddar, bacon and some char marks in full view. I quickly assembled the burger and took that first bite... NICE! I immediately got the charbroiled notes and the patty was perfectly cooked with a thin line of pink running through it. Juicy but slightly under seasoned, the 1/2 pound of beef was complimented by the robust cheddar and the hardwood smoked bacon. Adding some freshness to balance things out was the leaf of lettuce, juicy ripe tomato and sharp red onion. Wrapping it all up was a 'pillowy' soft, golden brown toasted bun.
Side Note: The Tater Tots were good, delivered hot and seasoned well. They passed the test of stand alone delicious without the need to dip in ketchup, but I did anyway.
Costing me $11.82 with tax for the burger and side, the Madrocks Sports Bar & Grill Bacon Cheeseburger scored 57 points out of a possible 63, earning 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. I am a fan of charbroiled burgers, which sadly isn't as popular of a cooking method in restaurants as it once was, so it was nice to be able to enjoy it at Madrocks. Very reasonably priced, this is definitely a burger worthy of a repeat buy.
Located at 1821 E Madison Ave #100, Derby, KS 67037, the service at Madrocks Sports Bar & Grill was friendly and attentive, despite how busy the place got. By 5:30pm, there was a line at the door and a wait time for a table. Reasonably priced drinks, great food, TVs everywhere... What's not to like? It's no wonder Madrocks is so popular.