9 Restaurants That Serve Some of the Best Burgers in Kansas City, MO

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Burgers are a staple around here. No matter where you go, you can always find a spot that serves up fresh and savory burgers that will satisfy your appetite. In Kansas City, you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants — from charming mom-and-pop shops to upscale eateries — that offer a unique take on this classic menu item. Need help finding a restaurant that serves delicious burgers just the way you like them? In our latest blog post, we’re reviewing the top 9 burger spots in Kansas City. Check out the full list now!

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1. Tay’s Burger Shack

Laidback counter service restaurant that offers the essentials 

1019 Armour Rd | North Kansas City 

If you’re looking for a relaxed, no-frills restaurant to grab a quick bite, you need to try Tay’s Burger Shack. All burgers are made from local beef and fresh buns baked every morning. 

Tay’s classic Single and Double Burgers are filled with cheese, pickles, tomato, and lettuce. You can decide if you want to add grilled onions or raw onions to your burger. Want a little more food? Tay’s also offers a Single Burger Combo that comes with hand-cut fries and fountain soda. The menu is small, but it offers all the essentials you need for a delicious and unforgettable meal. 

“One of my favorite burgers in KC! I go for the double combo with grilled onions (no up-charge), which is more than enough food, but the menu has options for up to 4 patties. Also serve Nathan's hotdogs (and Chili dogs).” - Yelp Review

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2. Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill

Fresh and delicious burgers served in a cozy, rustic atmosphere

Take a bite out of a famous Westport Market burger. Image courtesy of Yelp

817 Westport Rd | Westport | westportfleamarket.com

Plenty of restaurants claim that they serve the best burgers in Kansas City. But very few spots can truly stand by that statement. After The Food Network’s “Meat and Potatoes,” stated that “the best burger in Kansas City is at the Westport Flea Market,” it’s safe to say that Flea Market Bar & Grill can keep the distinction.

On the menu, you’ll find four options: The Super Flea, Mini Market Burger, Flea Market Burger, and Patty Melt. The Super Flea is probably the most filling option on the menu. And the restaurant knows it. If you can eat the burger with the two-pound side of fries in 30 minutes, you’ll win a free t-shirt. 

“My family was able to experience their first Flea Market Burger. Cash only but they provide an ATM if you've forgotten. The hamburger meat is quality, served fresh, and cooked the way you like. The burgers come with curly fries or cottage cheese. You can request no bun if you have dietary restrictions.” - Yelp Review

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3. Helen’s JAD

Classic pub perfect for hanging out and playing some shuffleboard or darts

Take a break from your darts game to dig into a fresh burger and some fries. Image courtesy of Helen’s JAD

2002 Armour Rd | North Kansas City | helensjadbar.com 

Since 1895, locals have flocked to Helen’s JAD Bar & Grill for its delicious pub food and classic bar games. Inside, you’ll find that the restaurant has kept its rustic facade over the years. Take a seat and check out the 30+ beers that the bar has on tap. 

All burgers are served with fresh-cut fries. You can also add lettuce, tomato, and onion upon request. Additional toppings like bacon, mushrooms, and pepper jack can also be added for a small fee. If you don’t want to customize a burger, you can order one of the many specials offered on the menu. 

“I had been craving a cheeseburger recently and I came across Helen's JAD. I ordered a cheeseburger with Gouda, caramelized onions, and mushrooms — it was very tasty! The burgers are served with seasoned fries and they are very flavorful.” - Yelp Review

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4. The Westside Local

A chic restaurant that specializes in farm-to-table American cuisine

Photo of The Westside Local - Kansas City, MO, United States
Enjoy a delicious burger on the restaurant’s spacious patio. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1663 Summit St | Kansas City | thewestsidelocal.com

The Westside Local is now open for indoor and outdoor patio seating! This chic restaurant follows a farm-to-table ideology and works hard to support local farms and businesses. Westside Local offers several burger options, including the Summit Burger, Westside BBQ Burger, Spicy Hawaiian Burger, and Veggie Burger. All burgers are served with your choice of side. 

Thirsty? The Westside Local offers fresh-squeezed lemonade and limeade. Refreshing grapefruit, apple, and blueberry drinks are also available. Looking for alcoholic beverages? Wine, cocktails, and beer can also be found on the restaurant’s extensive drink menu. You should find a great beverage to pair with your burger in no time. 

“This pace was a breath of fresh air. We ate outside, the staff was great, the feel and flow of the decor was great. We ordered the banana bread as an appetizer and it was delicious. My wife had kale. I had the burger and it was tasty plus the parmesan fries were great.” - Yelp Review

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5. Town Topic

Downtown diner that is known for its old-fashioned hamburgers

Photo of Town Topic - Kansas City, MO, United States. @eatlikemikekc on IG
For over 74 years, locals have flocked to Town Topic to enjoy its famous burgers. Image courtesy of Yelp.

2021 Broadway St | Crossroads, Greater Downtown | towntopic.com

Town Topic is the only diner featured on the list. But if you’ve always been into retro and vintage spots, you’ll love Town Topic. Since its small opening in 1937, Town Topic has enjoyed tremendous success and acclaim among locals. You’ll find guests inside at all hours of the day, as the diner is open 24 hours, 7 days a week!

This diner serves all of the comfort food you could ever dream of. Single, double, and triple burgers are all available and ready for your enjoyment. If you want to take your burger to the next level, you can even add some chili to it! Don’t forget to order some french fries or tater tots to share with the rest of the table. 

“Probably not a surprise to any locals, but this place is amazing! Stopped in for the first time today for a burger (with bacon) and a side of fries, and it was ready in no time. It was so juicy while so simple, and the fries - amazing!” - Yelp Review

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6. Beer Kitchen

Kansas City’s first true gastropub located in the heart of Westport

The Smokestack Burger is one of the restaurant’s most popular menu items. Image courtesy of Yelp.

435 Westport Rd | Westport | beerkitchenkc.com

Beer Kitchen is a popular restaurant in Westport that treats its guests to fresh and honest food accompanied by a carefully-selected beer list. You’ll find a wide selection of premium burgers on the menu, including the BK Classic, Bacon & Blue Fondue, and Veggie Beet Burger. All of the burgers feature a custom blend of short rib and brisket served on a farm-to-market egg bun. Want an extra side? Add a mini order of Belgian fries or some cider slaw! 

Don’t forget to check out the beer list for the perfect beverage to pair with your burger. Beer Kitchen offers over a dozen beers on-tap along with a wide selection of bottles and cans. Fruit beer, sours, ciders, and more great beers are offered on the menu. You can even find some beer cocktails like the Summer Beer and Ginger Fizz on the restaurant’s extensive drink menu. 

“This spot hits so differently when you're in town for burgers! Was searching for a good burger spot to replace one of my old loves that redid their burgers and good god this place knocked it out of the park!! Service was excellent and quick and the service team was amazing!” - Yelp Review

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7. BRGR Kitchen + Bar

A lively and vibrant eatery that will make you feel right at home

11 E 14th St | Central Business District | brgrkitchen.com

Located in the Central Business District, BRGR Kitchen + Bar is one of the top burger joints in the city. BRGR Kitchen’s famous burgers are all made from a ground fresh, chuck and short rib blend. But if that protein doesn’t entice you, you can replace it with ground turkey or steak burger. 

Looking for a great deal? Order in on a Monday for their popular BRGR Monday deal. From 4pm to 6pm, you can order four burgers and fries to-go for just $24. To-go Happy Hour is also held Tuesday through Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. For just $30, you can purchase a 32 oz. growler, two burgers, and one order of fries. 

“I got the "New BRGR" burger that comes with two four oz patties, bacon, Wisconsin cheddar, and a fluffy egg bun. It was very juicy and meaty. The fries are well seasoned and very crispy.” - Yelp Review

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8. Green Room Burgers & Beer

The oldest brewery in Kansas City, which serves a mean organic burger

4010 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite D | Westport | greenroomkc.company.site

If you’re looking for a laid back pub where you can sit and relax with friends, you’ll love Green Room Burgers & Beer. Located in the Westport neighborhood, Green Room is most known for its fresh and savory burgers. From the Breakfast burger to the G.O.A.T., Green Room’s burgers are sure to satisfy your taste buds. All of their famous burgers are made of freshly-ground tenderloin and brisket beef batties. Fries, tater tots, and cheese curds can all be added as sides! 

“I have been coming to Green Room since their conception, that's probably give or take a good five years, and the burgers consistently have remained creative but true to midwestern palates, roots, and tradition. And this place brews its own beer and is attached to an improv club...how rad is that?!” - Yelp Review

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9. Q39 South

Popular burger joint located right in Overland Park 

Photo of Q39 South - Overland Park, KS, United States. Triple Threat Sandwich
Don’t forget to add some coleslaw to your burger. Image courtesy of Yelp.

11051 Antioch Rd | Overland Park | q39kc.com

Q39 South offers a relaxed, rustic-urban dining experience. Both locals and travelers alike love Q39 for its warm atmosphere and delicious meals made from scratch in an open kitchen. Their famous brisket burgers are made from certified Angus Beef® Brisket that is butchered and ground in-house daily. The burger selection is small, but it won’t disappoint you. The Q Burger, Burnt End Burger, and BBQ Veggie Burger are sure to satisfy your taste buds. 

“Great service, great food. Best BBQ in KC! We put our names on the list and were advised a 30 minute wait time, like magic we got a great table! We placed our order soon after and everything was perfect! Love this place!” - Yelp Review

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Kansas City is home to a wide selection of burger spots. Whether you just want something cheap and quick or creative and upscale, you can easily find a delicious burger that will satisfy your taste buds in this vibrant mid-western city. What places do you plan on hitting up in the future? Let us know in the comment section below!

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