Best Stinkin’ Burgers at the Cozy Inn in Salina KS

salina kansas burger jointThe Cozy Inn in Salina Kansas stinks. Seriously.

And if you’re inside the Cozy Inn for just a minute or two, you’ll stink too.

Yet, people wear that smell like a badge of honor in downtown Salina and for as far the lingering aroma lasts.

It’s been like this since 1922 in Salina when the little six stool burger joint opened on North Seventh Street. Not a thing has changed in all of that time – not the stools and counter, not the wooden cabinets, not the grill.

And certainly not the way they make burgers.


Fresh Angus Beef Burgers

burger joint salina kansasOfficially, they are called sliders, but they are just one little ounce of the best Angus beef from cattle grazed nearby in the Kansas Flint Hills. And the ground beef is fresh, never frozen. The Cozy Inn was known for fresh, locally-sourced, farm-to-table ingredients long before it was the trendy, cool thing to do.

What distinguishes Cozy Inn burgers is the onions – about 15 tons of onions a year. They are chopped up and fried with the burger patty, thus that strong, greasy aroma that clings to you, your clothes, your hair, your shoes, your purse, your phone…everything that enters the little building comes out smelling like onions and grease.

And it’s a great smell.

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If for some reason you don’t want to spend the next couple of days washing the grease/onion combo from all of your worldly possessions, you can order from the walk up window and eat at a little picnic table outside. But then, no one who comes within a whiff of you would believe you had experienced a Cozy burger if you don’t smell like one.

A few other things: 

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Owner Steve Howard has a lot to smile about. On a typical day, they sell about 1300 burgers at The Cozy Inn in Salina.

  • All burgers come with onions. It’s not possible to get a burger without onions.
  • And there’s no cheese.
  • And there’s no fries, just chips.
  • And no fountain drinks, just cans.
  • And it’s silly to order just one. Buy them by the sack.


The Cozy Inn

2 thoughts on “Best Stinkin’ Burgers at the Cozy Inn in Salina KS

  1. Dave B

    Hi, love your article about the burger joint. If your in So. Il, you really should try the 1 lb double cheese burger at the Vienna Diner in Vienna, Il. they prepare their beef fresh every day and you get a 1 lb burger, choice of one side and either a side salad, bowl of soup of the day or a side of spaghetti for $7.89. You can’t beat this deal anywhere and its the best burger that I’ve found in so. Il. they have a full menu including plate lunches if burgers aren’t your thing. They are also known for there coconut cream pie! bon a petite.

    1. Diana Lambdin Meyer Post author

      Thanks Dave. I have a trip coming up to southern Illinois soon, so will have to check this out.

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