By Mike Thayer
My favorite place to enjoy a great burger is at my place, a bacon cheddar burger grilled to perfection on my Weber kettle. Life is good with a burger in one hand, an adult beverage in the other and a game on TV.
My second favorite place to enjoy a great burger is at a bar & grill, a seat at the bar, prime view of several big screens, cold beer, friendly staff and a great burger... It's part of the burger experience, embracing all that atmosphere.
I recently conducted a Best in the Wichita Metro Burger Challenge, traveling around and sampling the burger offerings from just about any joint that has burgers on the menu. It didn't really matter who, I ate burgers from local joints, regional restaurants and the national chains. To determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, a broad sampling had to be taken in order to measure the best. I was on a mission in the name of "burger science" (cough).
Here's my list of the Top 10 Bars & Grills in the Wichita Metro to get a great burger and a cold beer. All the bar & grill burgers listed here are Bachelor on the Cheap 5 star rated and 8 out of the 10 are local.
Number 10 - Little Buster's Bar & Grill: Located at 457 N Baltimore Ave, Derby, KS 67037, here's a snippet from their website: Little Busters is a Derby tradition. With the best burgers in town, 18 TVs, and all the games on. Happy Hour 3-6 Everyday. It's the place to be with friends. Costing me $13.98 for the burger and waffle fries, the Little Buster's Original Buster Burger with bacon scored 56 out of a possible 63 points earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Reasonably priced, this was a very satisfying burger dinner and I would order it again in a heartbeat.
Number 9 - Bubba's 33: 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 a burger while watching a game. 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 burger and worthy of a repeat buy, but Bubba's is kind of skimpy on the sides.
Number 8 - The Hill Bar & Grill: Located at 4800 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67208, the service at The Hill Bar & Grill is friendly, attentive and done with a smile. Hello Monday Night Football and Hill Burger Mondays! The Hill Bar & Grill Classic All American Burger with a bacon add scored 57 points out of a possible 63, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. The flavor The Hill delivers makes it more than worthy of a repeat buy. Take advantage of $5 Burger night on Mondays!
Number 7 - Mulligan's Pub: Located at 8343 E 32nd St N, Wichita, KS 67226, Mulligan's has a half priced drink special on Thursdays. Costing me $12.84 after tax for the burger and side, The Mulligan's Build Your Own Burger Bacon Cheeseburger scored 57 points out of a possible 63, earning 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Reasonably priced, this is a build your own burger that I would order again, especially on half price drink Thursdays!
Number 6 - Madrock's Sports Bar & Grill: 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. 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.
Number 5 - Whiskey Dick's: Located at 801 S Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67213, Whiskey Dick's has a 1/2 price burger special on Wednesdays. Costing me $6.98 before tax for the burger and side, the Whiskey Dick's Classic Cheeseburger with a bacon add scored 57 points out of a possible 63, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. Whiskey Dick's Classic Cheeseburger is most definitely worthy of a repeat buy, anytime, not just on 1/2 price Wednesdays.
Number 4 - Brickhouse Brewery: Located at 2035 Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67206, the Bricktown Brewery kitchen cranks out some very tasty food. Costing me $15.05 with tax for the burger and fries, the Bricktown Brewery Bacon Cheddar Burger scored a 58 out of 63 possible points, earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. The burger was so nicely balanced and while that generous portion of 'Burger Sauce' made for a messy burger eat, it did kick things up a notch. Anytime you have burger juices and sauce running down your hand, a.k.a. FLAVOR, it's a good thing.
Number 3 - Timbuktu Bar & Grill: Located at 1251 N Andover Rd, Andover, KS 67002 the beer is cold and the burgers are great at Timbuktu Bar & Grill. Costing me $13.50 before tax for the burger and fries, the Timbuktu Bar & Grill Timbuktu Original Burger with a bacon add scored 58 out of a possible 63 points earning it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. The perfect execution of this flat top burger is what makes it. Reasonably priced, it's definitely worthy of a repeat buy.
Number 2 - Harry's Uptown: Located at 3023 E Douglas in Wichita, the Harry's Uptown burgers are STELLAR, the beer is cold and the service was great. The entire burger basket was as I like to say, Another Dose of YUM! Costing me just $12.87 for the burger and rings basket, Harry's Uptown Bar & Grill and their 'Bacon & Cheese' Burger scored 58 points out of a possible 63, the highest score so far in this challenge and that score earns a 5 star Bachelor on the Cheap rating. And did you see that price? We're talking a 1/2 pound burger! Not only is it a fantastic burger, what Harry's cranks out in fine fashion is Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly too.
Number 1 - Deano's Grill & Tapworks: 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. 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.
Enjoying a burger at a bar & grill is tough to beat.
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