Tell me if this has happened to you before?
You’re driving around Douglas and Hillside and see this rundown building with a long line of cars. You’re driving fast enough that you’re not sure what the place is as you pass by. You think it might say “Spot Burger” or “Sport something” but not 100% sure. You think about it for a while and then after 10 minutes, you forget the whole situation happens. Next time you’re in the area, the exact same scenario plays out.
Let me answer the question for you. The place is called Sport Burger and it’s a gem of a burger restaurant that’s worth the wait.
134 N Hillside St
Wichita, KS 67214
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 4pm
Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Closed on Sunday
*There’s a note on their sign that reads, “If we are closed earlier than posted, it’s because we have sold out of product for the day.”
This burger restaurant is no frills. What you get is a quick, cheap and easy burger. The menu consists of pieces of paper that appear to be taped to a menu board. They serve mostly burgers, chicken sandwiches and fries.
Right around the lunch hour, you can sometimes expect lines of 6-12 cars all waiting in the drive-thru. A couple decades ago, they used to have dine-in seating but changed that to dive-thru only which is what Burger Spot fans have grown accustomed to now.
On my visit to Sport Burger (and keep in mind, I’ve been many times), my wait was about 10 minutes to get my order in. I ordered the Home Run Special which consisted of a giant cheeseburger, fries and a drink, three cheeseburgers and fries, and a giant cheeseburger and fries. Let me answer the question you’re all asking now. No, it wasn’t all for me.
I pulled up to the window, paid cash only and was off back to work to dine in burger heaven.
The burger patties at Sport Burger are the type that a smashed down and cooked medium well. The edges of the bun have a nice little crisp to them. After that, you’re served a well-seasoned burger that is delicious and wonderful. It’s a burger in its simplest form that still holds up well to the competitors.
If you’re hoping the fries have the same wow factor, don’t. They appear to be the frozen steak fries that can be purchased from most food suppliers. Most people go here strictly for the burgers.
My colleagues loved their burgers as well. One of them ordered three cheeseburgers at $1.49 and that was a popular option heard ordered by others in the drive-thru. Keep in mind, there’s a limit of 12 cheeseburgers allowed per car. To have a sign like that must mean something is good.
While this spot has “dive” written all over it, don’t be scared by the sketchy look of it. Teachers always say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and I’m here to say “Don’t judge a burger by its building.” Support local and stop by Sport Burger!
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2 thoughts on “Sport Burger: Don’t judge a burger by its building”
This review is spot on. I’ve been eating sport burger since i can remember and I’ve been waiting for a review like this. They are my absolute favorite burger in Wichita.
I worked in that building in 74 can’t remember what it was called I thought was little something