The hamburger, America's national meal, has always been served during Independence Day cookouts and the competitive-eating portion of presidential debates. Eat like Ike with this Groupon.
$10 for $20 Worth of Gourmet Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Fries for Lunch
The Classic burger takes the top spot on the menu, boasting Vermont cheddar and locally grown microgreens on a beef patty ($6.99). Applewood-smoked bacon, gouda cheese, and chipotle-cocoa ketchup combine to form the Smoke burger ($8.79). Vegetarian options include the black bean burger with jalapeño pepper jack cheese and roasted poblano salsa ($7.59). Also available are Chicago-style hot dogs ($4.59) and duck-fat fries ($2).
The Burger Stand
Perhaps counterintuitively, The Burger Stand is not a zone for beef-patty purists. The cooks play with tradition by substituting farm-raised salmon and several vegetarian options, such as falafel and black beans, for the classic meat. Of course the menu features plenty of beef burgers alongside its innovations, though it dresses them in unexpected finery. The Fire burger, for example, sports avocado and a sizzling habanero-cactus jam. Not even the fries are spared the gourmet treatment—The Burger Stand prepares seven types of potato sides, from truffle to duck-fat variants. And all of this comes with a good selection of draft beer from Free State, Boulevard, and other microbreweries.
Lawrence.com recognized the restaurant's specialty with a Best Burger award in 2011 and 2012. Its reach has since extended to a second location in Topeka, where ping-pong, pool, and foosball tables offer safe alternatives to traditional dinnertime games of capture-the-tablecloth. Themed nights welcome guests to sing karaoke and play retro video games such as Star Fox and Super Mario Kart.