Food & Drink

9 Must-Try Burgers in Kansas City

May is National Burger Month—but with these delicious local options, who needs an excuse?

For traditionalists…

The Single at Town Topic

Some of KC’s best burgers are also its cheapest. Take, for example, Town Topic, which opened way back in 1937, serving hamburgers for 5 cents. More than 75 years later, the price has only gone up to $2.75 for a single. Town Topic has two Crossroads locations and one in Mission, but for the true experience head to the Broadway restaurant open 24/7, where burgers magically seem to taste better the later you eat them, especially when you order a hand-dipped shake or malt for dessert.

For the meat lover…

The Kelly at Grandstand Burgers

Shawnee’s GrandStand Burgers has a loyal following thanks to the The Kelly, a combo of bacon, ham and cheese, and its no-frills approach to food. No gourmet toppings here, just big, tasty burgers served alongside crinkle cut fries or crispy tater tots. Plan a trip outside of peak eating hours to avoid the throng of people, and get it to go—the small restaurant is better suited for carry-out orders.

For status seekers…

The Flea Market Burger at Westport Flea Market

If you’re looking for the best burger in KC, you might find it at Westport Flea Market. It’s been given the title by Food Network and Thrillist recently named it the best burger in Missouri. It certainly has a viable claim to the title: Made from 10 ounces of McGonigle’s ground chuck, the classic burger comes with a side of curly fries for less than $10.

For cheese aficionados…

The Big Cheese at 75th Street Brewery

In celebration of Burger Month, 75th Street Brewery has introduced a new burger menu. Signature burgers are a black angus beef, chopped chuck and short rib blend cooked over the restaurant’s live hickory wood grill and served on a freshly-baked brioche bun, and cheese fans won’t be able to resist the Big Cheese, 75th Street’s classic Stockyard burger toped with melted fontina, smoked gouda and goat cheese. A simple slice of cheddar suddenly seems so passé.

For vegetarians…

The Black Bean Burger at Beer Kitchen

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love this one. Even committed carnivores will be impressed by the hearty texture and smoky flavors—there’s no way you will miss the meat. Served with avocado, chipotle white cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli, micro-greens and tomato vinaigrette on potato bun.

For healthy eaters…

The Imperial Green Burger Bowl at Green Room Burgers and Beer

You can opt to have any one of this casual Westport eatery’s burgers served minus the bun on a bed of lettuce, but if you’re looking for the healthiest option, go for the Imperial Green. The restaurant and microbrewery’s signature house-made veggie burger patty comes topped with avocado slices, Dijon mustard, crumbled goat cheese and caramelized onions. It’s like a salad—only better

For sharers…

The Jacobson Burger at The Jacobson

Topped with bone marrow butter, short-rib marmalade and crispy fried onion straws, this is one rich and juicy burger. Split the indulgence—and a sweet greens salad—with your dining companion and soak up the atmosphere while you relax on the Crossroads area restaurant’s awesome patio.

For throwback fans…

BRGR’s Throwback Burgers

We’re betting somebody at Bread & Butter Concepts loves Throwback Thursdays. In honor of Burger Month, BRGR has brought back three favorite past burgers, and the one that is ordered the most throughout the month will be added back to the menu. Meet the contenders: Chocolate Dessert Burger, a hazelnut chocolate burger with sliced kiwi and strawberries on a doughnut bun served with funnel cake fries (so not for the calorie counter); the pimento topped PC Burger; and the Sheboygan Burger, featuring fried cheese curds, a bacon sausage patty and Wisconsin cheddar mustard.

For VIPs…

The Executive Burger with foie gras at Tannin

An 8-ounce Wagyu beef patty topped with buttered lump crab, bacon, sautéed garlic spinach, frizzled onion and foie gras. If that’s not rich enough for your tastes, you can have them add a fried egg for a buck more. Pair it with something from Tannin’s award-winning wine list for a truly elevated burger experience.