Denver is brimming with burger bars.
Courtesy of 5280 Burger Bar
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Yes, Denver continues to be the landing place of more and more national burger chains, with places like In-N-Out Burger (now open in Aurora and Colorado Springs), Kuma’s Corner, Slater’s 50/50, Shake Shack, and other town, village. But you can get a great burger while keeping your money in local hands by visiting these native originals. And if you’re looking for a classic fast food experience for a cheap meal on the go, check out our list of the best old school hamburger spots in Denver.
Keep in mind that Denver and the surrounding counties were exposed to the Red Level COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, November 20, so dining rooms will be closed for at least the next thirty days. Restaurants can offer terrace dining, takeout and delivery, so plan your hamburger outing accordingly.
5280 burger bar
500 16th Street Mall, 303-825-1020
4301 Main Street, Westminster, 720-887-5970
Juicy burgers, homemade buns and a variety of creative toppings make the 5280 Burger Bar a great choice for gourmet burger lovers. Stick to fresh ground beef or venture out on bison or lamb for something a little more unusual. Even the basic burger is made with Black Angus, but the 5280 Prime goes a step further with 7X Ranch Prime Wagyu as the base. Check out the original 16th Street Mall or mix it up a little at the newer Westminster Outpost.
Bob’s Atomic Burgers sits in the shadow of Table Mountain in golden.
Bob’s Atomic Burger
1310 Ford Street, Golden
Bob’s Atomic Burgers in Golden doesn’t have a list of goofy names and crazy ingredients. If you want a burger it just says hamburger. Extras for your mountainous bite are either free – like tomatoes, onions, and pickled jalapeños – or cost around a dollar each for bacon, green chilies, guacamole, cheese, or a fried egg. Whichever you choose, it’ll be heaped on a 6-ounce patty shaped to order from freshly ground beef. And while this beef is being cooked to a pink-free medium, the fat-to-lean ratio definitely leans toward fat, making your burger juicy and dripping. If you insist on a burger with a name, stop by for the occasional specialty like Shaq Attack (cherry peppers, cheddar, and bacon) or Pastor Al’s Hamburguesa (topped with pineapple chilli pork).
Carm & Gia Metropolitan is one of the newest burger joints in town.
Courtesy Carm & Gia Metropolitan
This mid-mod eatery opened in a renovated beauty salon last February and offers juicy burgers, hot dogs, and breakfast burritos. Go classic with the Metropolitan or choose from a list of burgers named after Denver neighborhoods. The Globeville, for example, comes with chorizo, pico de gallo, lettuce, jalapeños, Monterey Jack, avocado and chipotle mayo. Whichever option you choose, be ready for bold flavors and meaty goodness made from 100 percent, never-frozen Angus patties.
Cherry Cricket is the longest running burger bar in Denver.
Courtesy of the Kirschgrille
The cherry cricket
2641 East Second Avenue, 303-322-7666
2220 Blake Street, 303-297-3644
You can play around with toppings at your leisure at Denver’s oldest burger bar, but a grilled cricket burger is all you really need. And, okay, throw up some green chilies if you have to (we definitely have to). The Cherry Creek original just keeps getting more iconic – and iconoclastic – as the rest of the neighborhood grows and modernizes around it. A second location, which opened in spring 2018, added the classic charm of the restaurant to the Ballpark district.
Is the Luther Burger breakfast or lunch?
Demand real burgers
9344 Dorchester Street, Highlands Ranch, 720-344-3006
3982 Limelight Avenue, Castle Rock, 303-814-2829
If you want to go crazy, Crave is the place to go. Sure, you can stick with the Plain Jane and be happy, but why not try the Fatty Melt, which weighs a beef patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches, or the infamous Luther, which uses two donuts instead of a bun? Other fancy toppings include whole jalapeño poppers, pulled pork, grilled pineapple, and hot dogs. After a burger at the Crave, you’ll feel like sitting on the couch.
The burger and spice container in My Brother’s Bar is one of Denver’s most famous attractions.
Yes, My Brother’s Bar has a fascinating history that dates back to the 1870s and includes Neal Cassady and the beat generation. But Denver residents come for burgers and beer – and good conversation from the bartenders and waiters. Locals will argue which is better, the JCB (that’s jalapeño cream cheese for you noobs), the cheesier Johnny burger or the original, unadulterated Steerburger. Whatever you choose, don’t expect a stylish presentation (not even a plate!), Just make sure there is a mixed basket of french fries and onion rings.
Park Burger is the most popular burger bar in Denver’s neighborhood.
Park Burger is one of Denver’s most popular burger hangouts in the neighborhood; from the original on South Pearl Street and the newer outposts in Highland, RiNo, and Hilltop. Good value for money and some fun topping combinations are the hallmarks here, with the royale (grilled onions, bleu cheese and bacon), the croque (ham, Swiss and a fried egg) and the chilango (cheddar, jalapeños and guacamole) as standout. But the traditional Park Burger or the quarter-pound Mini Park Burger are also perfect for purists.
Snarfburger comes to Denver from Boulder.
2000 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, 303-444-7711
2535 Federal Boulevard, 720-535-5184
1001 East 11th Avenue, 720-573-9134
Jimmy Seidel, who founded Snarf’s sandwich chain in 1996, says he loves to cook burgers for his staff, “just for fun, and they loved them, and I’ve always wanted to try a burger.” In 2013, for example, he made the first snarfburger out of a former grill hut in Boulder, and “now I’m in the sandwich and burger business,” says Seidel. Snarfburger is a casual place that emphasizes simple burgers with the same delicious, humorous twists that have become a trademark of Snarfs.
Tap & burger
Highland, 2219 West 32nd Avenue, 720-287-4493
Sloan’s Lake, 1565 Raleigh Street, 720-456-6779
Belleview, 4910 S Newport Street, 720-583-1367
The burgers of this trio are hearty and juicy, from the classic Shroom Luvas to the slightly overflowing house burger, stacked with smoked pulled pork, a thickly sliced onion ring and two types of cheese. Add-ons such as a fried egg or a luxurious foie gras pate turn a simple burger into a culinary experience. Tap & Burger doesn’t stop at the standard floor cow; Try lamb, turkey, free-range beef, or a meatless Impossible burger for something a little different. Note: The Tap & Burger at Belleview Station is temporarily closed until the dining room restrictions are lifted by Level Red.
If you want a chef-sized burger, leave it to a chef. Troy Guard brought their burgers to the Congress Park neighborhood in 2012, offering a fun, modern take on beef between buns. The burgers are highly configurable, with starter sets for under $ 10 (for the TAG Classic or Old School) and up to $ 13 for the Wild West Bacon Burger and Magic Dragon Bison Burger. Don’t miss the duck fat fries and Guard’s iconic fried pickles. Note: After November 22nd, the TAG Burger Bar will be closed until December 2nd, when it will reopen for al fresco dining, takeaway and delivery.