Denver's ten best burgers
This town is already stuffed with burgers, and today another meaty addition joined the ranks: Steak 'n Shake, which opened in Centennial. While we have no doubt that this link in the Midwestern chain will quickly endear itself to Denverites, the Steak 'n Shake burger has some fierce competition here.
Lori Midson Steak 'n Shake's Original Double 'n Cheese steakburger.
In honor of Steak 'n Shake's opening -- and because two of the restaurants on our five best burgers list from April have since closed -- we're serving up this updated look at the city's ten best burgers (in no particular order):
HBurger rode the wave of trendy burger joints into Denver, and it's proved it has staying power. The spot tops its burgers -- beef or lamb -- with such tasty accoutrements as Hatch green chiles, bacon, egg and cheese, feta and housemade tomato jam. We're partial to the classic five-ounce quarter-pounder: a medium-rare patty topped with onions, tomato, pickles and lettuce -- and for pocket change, you can add a little American cheese, too.
9. The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
Yes, it's a chain. And, yes, the interior is a little bit of a throwback to opulent steakhouses of the '80s and '90s. But that just means the Keg has had time to get its burger down. Juicy with drippy grease, velvety in texture, seasoned with salt and pepper and the tang of the grill, it's a vast improvement on regular ground chuck. Trust us: Ignore those facts and belly up to the bar for the burger. The toppings of lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayonnaise and a slab of cheddar don't exactly break new ground, but why mess with success?
8. My Brother's Bar
This iconic Denver institution serves an iconic burger, an un-fancified relic of an era when burgers were about greasy beef and cheese, a pile of fries and a beer. At My Brother's, they come to the table wrapped in paper and accompanied by a pickle caddy, which allows you to accessorize your burger any way you like it, whether that's just with ketchup and mustard, or piled with so many spicy banana peppers that you practically choke.