Wichita is stocked with bar & grill options where you can order a tasty burger but if you’re looking for a unique burger in Wichita, we’ve got 10 you should try.
Among the most unusual Wichita burgers is The Haystack, an open face burger – they grind their meat daily at the adjacent butcher shop – piled with fries and queso on Texas toast. Variations include Burn Baby Burn, adding to the above chili and grilled jalapeños on toasted jalapeño bread, or the Poutine Haystack, adding white cheese curds and beefy poutine gravy to the original.
Dempsey’s Burger Pub – East and Dempsey’s Burger Pub – Clifton Square
On a menu full of burger options, one of the most distinctive is the Hot Hawaiian Kobe. It’s not the Sriracha aioli that spices things up, it’s the pineapple-jalapeño chutney. The Kobe burger is topped with thick cut bacon, Bibb lettuce and served on a pretzel bun.
The E.B. Burger is topped with a fried egg, smoked ham, cheddar cheese and mushrooms, along with lettuce, tomato, pickle and red onion.
The menu constantly rotates at this inventive food truck, one of the first and longest operating in Wichita. One thing is for sure: whatever burger offering is on the current menu will be exceptional. For example, a French Onion Burger featuring local Creekstone Farms beef, sherry onion jam, smoked provolone, arugula and Dijonnaise.
The Hill’s memorable Pepper Bacon Cheddar Burger starts with a Black Angus beef patty and is layered with jalapeño bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeño aioli, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun.
Public’s Steak Smashburger has a legion of fans, but for most unique flavor we’re ordering the Prairie Sliders: espresso and porcini mushroom seasoned patties featuring a mix of bison and beef, sharp cheddar cheese, sweet onion marmalade and mustard aioli. All of their burgers are loaded with local flavor, using area farms, creameries and bakeries for the ingredients.
Sometimes the cooking method gives the burger its distinctive flavor, and Pumphouse has been cranking out its 8-ounce Kansas beef burgers on the same seasoned flat-top since the 1980s.
You can make your own unique creation here with any combination of bacon, grilled jalapeños, sautéed mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, egg and ham on their buttery, fresh-baked buns.
Some people think this burger should be called the Control Tower since its two half-pound patties stack tall and it’s served within a few hundred feet of an active airstrip. While there is no control tower at Stearman Field (at the airport or in the bar & grill), they call their absurdly large burger the Big ’Merica. It’s a pound of Kansas Hereford beef with pepper jack and cheddar cheese slices along with pickles, grilled onions, lettuce and their signature sauce.
Enjoy the comfort food of a burger and the health benefits of salmon with Two Olives’ Salmon Burger. Their version is served with wasabi dressing, cucumber slaw and daikon radish.
True to its upscale American steakhouse roots, 6S elevates the burger on its menu. Enjoy a 40-day dry-aged chuck topped with Tillamook white cheddar, caramelized onion, frisée, pickles and the 6S sauce.