Denver Burger Battle: The meat of the matter in photos

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Lori Midson
The crew from Crave compete in the Denver Burger Battle
Aside from the vegetarian burgers from Root Down, which, ironically, were the first to sell out, last night's porny Denver Burger Battle was a carnivorous animal-style nirvana of bloody meat candy, bacon and foie gras. The sold-out soiree pitted twelve restaurants, all of which hustle burgers in one guise or another, against one another in a (mostly) friendly competition that was judged by hordes of public mouths and four local chefs -- Kelly Liken, Alex Seidel, Justin Brunson and Jeff Osaka.

The winners? Take a look through our foodography to find out which burgers smoked out all the others.

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Lori Midson
Troy Guard and the team from TAG, which earned second place from the judges and the public, served kangaroo-and-duck-fat burgers topped with heirloom tomatoes, smoked tomato aioli, Munster and bibb lettuce on a potato bun.

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Lori Midson
TAG's heirloom tomatoes.

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Lori Midson
Argyll/Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar's Colorado lamb and beef burger paved with English cheddar, house-cured bacon, heirloom tomatoes, red leaf lettuce and a buttermilk-jalapeno onion ring.

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Lori Midson
Park Burger's Croque burger, which earned first place from the judges (for the second year in a row), came crowned with a fried egg, baby Swiss, uncured rosemary ham and burger sauce on a potato bun.

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6 comments
Meskigood
Meskigood

Glad to see Cherry Cricket pulled out all of the stops!!! I guess they remain The King of Denver's Mediocre Burger.

GFTW
GFTW

I guess Smashburger declined again...?

Chuckroast
Chuckroast

Zowie! Great photos! Makes me feel like I was there! Gotta try that Crave burger! Thanks!

Jeremy Kossler
Jeremy Kossler

Smash was a sponsor this year (Token for a free Smashburger in every gift bag at the event).  

GFTW
GFTW

Craves is def worth checking out. But plan on doing lots of exercise later to burn it off!

Zootz41
Zootz41

You Must Try Craves!!! I don't like burgers very much, but I will run over my grandmother to get to a Craves Burger. Yes, that good! Next year they'll smoke 'em! Good showing guys!

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