Bomber Burger

4860 South Clifton Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67216
(316) 522-6291

Tuesday -Friday:  10AM - 5PM
Saturday:  10AM - 4PM
grill shuts down 15 minutes before close
Bomber may close early in very hot weather

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Bomber Burger - Wichita, Kansas
Bomber burger
Bomber Burger - Wichita, Kansas

Although I first heard about Bomber Burger in Wichita, Kansas years ago, the limited hours kept me from trying it out until the summer of 2009. But it was such a treat that I have since been back several more times.

Bomber Burger first opened in 1951, and it has been in the Rickard family since 1985. Chris Rickard, who presently runs it, took over in 1997 following the death of his father, Paul Rickard.

Bomber Burger has a counter with seven stools and four small, two person tables. The tables are round and partially cut away so they can be squeezed closer to the wall. The (original) grill and fryer are 5 feet behind the counter and I took a seat where I could watch the meals being prepared. Other than beverages, the only items on the menu are fresh cut French fries and a variety of large (2/3 pound) Kansas angus beef hamburgers and double burgers.

Watching the food preparation, the first thing that I noticed was how often Chris Rickard cleaned his hands. Every time he touched anything other than the food and utensils, he would immediately wash his hands. Often within a minute of the last time. Later in the meal, when Chris and I got to talking, I learned that his constantly washing his hands instead of wearing gloves has been a source of confrontation with state health authorities. He told an interesting story which ended with the state agreeing that he might be right, but that it violated their rules and he was fined $1,000. He paid the $1,000 with 10,000 dimes.

The burgers are grilled slowly (10-15 minutes), so they stay very moist. They are spinkled with a little garlic powder & other spices and are the best cheeseburgers I have had in Wichita. The fries were every bit as good.

The food at Bomber Burger is served with an attitude. I enjoyed Chris' stories so much that the first time I dined there, I was an hour down the road before I realized I forgot to leave a tip.

During my next to last visit to Bomber Burger, I was surprised to find the counter lined with men smoking with their beers. Kansas is now no smoking. Fortunately the tiny restaurant is well enough ventilated that I was able to sit at the counter with them and not have the smoke spoil my meal. When I returned again in 2013, the smoking had stopped, but the counter was still full.

Bomber Burger serves iced tea, Pepsi products and Miller beer.


Bomber Burger counter in 2009

Bomber Burger grill - Wicihita, Kansas
Bomber Burger grill

French fries and cheeseburger at Bomber Burger
Cheeseburger with fresh cut French fries - $8.50 including sales tax

Bacon cheeseburger
Bacon cheeseburger and fresh cut fries ($9.25 including tax)

Chris Rickard - Bomber Burger
Chris Rickard washing his hands yet again

Bomber Burger menu
Bomber Burger menu from May 2013

Map to Bomber Burger in Wichita, Kansas
Bomber Burger Map

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