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Great Burgers in Topeka Kansas

Updated on July 28, 2012

Great Places To Get a Burger in Topeka

In Kansas, we love good beef, and while most beef lovers tend to obsess on steak and prime rib, there is nothing like a nice big juicy burger sometimes.

They are usually affordable and a way to get a satisfying meal if you are yearning for meat.

In Topeka, we have several places that make a good burger. They range from inexpensive to over $10, but they all have good flavor and taste that brings people back day after day for more.

One of  the restaurants I will note is a chain,  I try to give the locally owned places some attention too,

Harold's Prize Package

First up, I will tell you about Harold's Prize Package. There is nothing about that name that makes a person think of a good hamburger, but if you mention that to a local, they are bound to start telling you about the Prize Package and the one of a kind burger they have been making for nearly 50 years.

At Harold's when they make a cheeseburger, they mix the meat and cheese together, so their double cheeseburger is a gooey tasty treat with cheese, beef, pickle and a dab of mustard.

Looks are deceiving at Harold's, They are located in a nondescript white building, and the only thing that might give you a clue is the sign that says Prize Package. Step in the front door, and you will find yourself in the ordering area. The person taking your order will write it on a brown paper bag, then hand it to the cook.

There are no seats at Harold's, just a small area where you place your order and wait for it to be cooked. They also serve many fried foods to go along with your burger, from the french fries to less common things like fried okra. My wife loves her cheeseburgers with okra and mushrooms. Nobody claimed anything served at the Prize Package was healthy, but it sure is good!

Harolds Prize Package:
SE 6th Ave & SE Locust St, Topeka, KS 66607, USA

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Great Hamburgers and Fried food goodies

Bobo's Drive Inn

Bobo's is another long time Topeka tradition, and they have been featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The light fixture above the cash register features Guy Fieri's autograph.

Bobo's is famous for their cheeseburger, which has a thin patty that is grilled to where the edges are crispy. The most commonly ordered item at Bobo's is the double cheeseburger. To me the single burger is way too thin, so I would always recommend the double or triple.You can get french fries or onion rings to go with your sandwich as well.

They are also well known for their apple pie, It is good, but ask for a scoop of ice cream on it if you really want a treat. There is an older lady who does nothing but bake apple pie from early morning till closing time.

Bobo's uses fresh ground beef that is never frozen, and while the look of their burger may resemble something from Steak and Shake, the burger at Bobo's is better.

Bobo's now has two locations, their most recent addition is on the Mall property off Wanamaker.

Bobo's Drive In:
2300 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66606, USA

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Bobo's Drive Inn 2

Bobo's Drive Inn West:
1630 SW Arvonia Pl, Kohl's, Topeka, KS 66615, USA

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Annie's Place

Annie's Place is my wife and youngest daughters favorite place to get a hamburger in a sit down restaurant.

Their favorite item is the Allouette Burger, which is made with Beef, and it is dressed with a sauce made from cream cheese and other spices. My favorite there is the Bacon and Bleu Cheeseburger, but it is a tough decision on what to order, as some days the Mushroom Teriyaki Burger sounds pretty good. They also have a Guacamole burger on the menu too, and for those traditionalists, they offer a regular hamburger or cheeseburger.

Another special item at Annie's are the Hot Air Fries. These are your standard french fry, but instead of being cooked in oil, they are cooked in a hot air process.

Annie's Place

4014 SW Gage Center Drive, Topeka Ks:
4014 SW Gage Center Dr, Topeka, KS 66604, USA

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Cheeburger Cheeburger

Whenever anyone mentions Cheeburger, Cheeburger, I counter with Pepsi, Pepsi. That is based on an old Saturday Night Live skit featuring John Belushi. I guess I am getting old, because unless someone is my age or a Belushi fan, I just get blank looks. Anyway, I digress.

Cheeburger, Cheeburger is a small chain of restaurants that serve Cheeseburgers made many different ways by offering 33 different toppings that can be ordered on your burger. You can order any combination of these toppings. All their burgers are made with 100% Angus beef, and they are pretty darned good. I don't know if I would ever want peanut butter on my cheeseburger, but according to the people that work there, it is a fairly common request.

They also offer their burgers with or without a bun, or in a tortilla if you prefer.

You can order the usual sides like french fries, or onion rings, but another specialty of the house is their milkshakes. They offer 75 individual flavors of milkshake, or you can combine the flavors anyway you want. The restaurant claims you can make 378,000 flavors, I didn't do the math, but I will trust them on that.

Cheeburger Cheeburger Challenge

Cheeburger Cheeburger

2919 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka Ks:
2919 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka, KS 66614, USA

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    • puter_dr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Bouska 

      6 years ago from Midwest USA

      To be honest, I have not had a burger from The Pad in years. I will "do some research" and see about adding them. I usually get the tenderloin there.

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      7 years ago

      what about the pad?


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