The ten best burgers in Denver

Categories: Best of Denver

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Green chile burger at the Cherry Cricket
It's Memorial Day weekend, which means that every patriotic American will be firing up the grill and cooking burgers. But just in case you'd rather have someone else do the work, we've rounded up the ten best burgers in metro Denver, presented below in no particular order -- except for #1, winner of the Best Hamburger award in the Best of Denver 2014.

See also: The twelve best pizzas in Denver

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10) Park Burger
Four metro locations

The homegrown Park Burger is growing into a mini-chain; it's turning into the grill next door. The original was opened in Platt Park by Frank Bonanno's one-time right-hand guy, Jean-Philippe Failyau, who stuck with a simple formula that proved so winning, he's opened several more locations in neighborhoods around town. Park Burger doesn't keep a big bar, but it's big enough. The menu isn't huge, either, but it's big enough. Ditto for the dining room. As a matter of fact, nothing about this place is overwhelming -- but then, nothing is really supposed to be. At its best moments -- and Park Burger is usually at its best -- it's a wonderful example of what a burger joint can be when a fine-dining sensibility is used in the preparation of simple American comfort foods. Bonus points for the town's best vegetarian burger.

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9) My Brother's Bar
2376 15th Street

Yes, My Brother's Bar has a fascinating history: oldest still-operating bar in Denver, Neal Cassady hangout, yadda yadda, etc. Yes, in its current incarnation it's a beloved and anachronistic neighborhood institution that plays classical music, caters to a demographically mixed crowd of crusty old-timers, serious drinkers, families, artists and transplants, and from its stubby galley kitchen offers a strange diner-slash-taproom-cum-lunchwagon menu. But all that atmosphere just adds to the flavor of the good, greasy burgers, served on wax paper with a plastic caddy of condiments. But when a burger is this good -- and the kitchen cooks 'em up until 1 a.m. -- you just don't need anything more.

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8) Crave Real Burgers
3982 Limelight Avenue, Castle Rock

Jeff Richard, chef/owner of the Old Stone Church, a New American eatery in Castle Rock, loves old American food, too, and a few years ago he started putting together plans for a burger joint. While continuing to run the Old Stone Church, he leased a strip-mall spot near the Castle Rock shopping outlets, where he built out a hip, modern take on the lunch-counter concept. The menu at this reimagined classic American diner features another reimagined diner staple: the burger, using the traditional ground-beef patty as the foundation for another dish entirely. The Wing, for example, adds all the elements of hot wings, including crispy chicken, to that base. The Dim Sum Daffy stacks the patty with roasted duck, hoisin and wontons. There's so much to crave on some of these combos that you can skip the burger altogether, simply ordering them as sandwiches.

Keep reading for seven more of the best burgers in Denver.

Location Info

My Brother's Bar

2376 15th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Crave Real Burgers

3982 Limelight Ave., Castle Rock, CO

Category: Restaurant

Cherry Cricket

2641 E. 2nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

TAG Burger Bar

1222 Madison St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Juicy Burgers & Dogs

6830 S. Yosemite St., Englewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

Bud's Bar

5453 Manhart St., Sedalia, CO

Category: Restaurant

Highland Tap and Burger

2219 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Squeaky Bean

1500 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Humboldt

1700 Humboldt St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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David Findley
David Findley

My favorite of the best burger in Denver would be the ones that are actually in Denver. Oh yes, and the ones that don't have the word "cum" in the description of the restaurant. LOL

Wesley Patton
Wesley Patton

How does Buds Bar keep making these lists?!?! I've been there and the burgers just suck!!! If you want to be credible then Bobs Atomic Burgers in Golden HAS to be on the list....period.

Joseph Graves
Joseph Graves

What about Bad Daddy's in Cherry Creek. Go try it you will enjoy it. Also try the Moonshine Blackberry Limeade

charleswarner24
charleswarner24

Forgot Choppers in Cherry Creek. Try $5 burger night

Casie Rock
Casie Rock

Mmmm green chili! Love the city o city burger too!

Jeremy Kleewein
Jeremy Kleewein

really disappointed with this list. I wonder if anyone doing this survey went to dazzle on broadway. It's Denver's best kept secret on great tasting Burgers. Go check it out you won't be disappointed!

Skid Jarrett Gilmore
Skid Jarrett Gilmore

Yes,over Memorial Day weekend, I try to eat a best representative of their personality burger for each fallen US soldier I know. Semper Fi.

Interesting_Guy
Interesting_Guy

A hamburger is a hamburger... The rules need to be clear - ground meat (that's the key - it's all in the grind)  Bun (ahh yes!  do not skimp on the bun...fresh bakery only) lettuce, tomato and pickle (optional) ketchup and mayo if you like...Grilled...no liquid smoke allowed.


Anything else is not a HB...No blue cheese or meatloaf on a bun need apply.


Stay Thirsty My friends...

56belair
56belair

My Brothers Bar shouldn't be on this list. It's good, but not top 10. It just has a long history.

Bernie Shwayder
Bernie Shwayder

Good to see "My Brother's Bar" is still cooking. The jalapeño burger has always been a favorite.

rachelcarnicelli
rachelcarnicelli

Bad Daddy's in Cherry Creek is the best! A combo patty of chuck and brisket lightly packed and cooked perfectly with in-house made American cheese, their special sauce on a perfect bun and homemade tater tots on the side. So good.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Ten best RESTAURANT burgers


Finley's Pub - Braised Short Rib, Ground Chuck, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Cheddar, Béarnaise

whosdp
whosdp

6 oz. of ground chuck pressed flat, salt and pepper and a charcoal grill is a pretty simple recipe for a ''top ten burger."  Flip it once, let it plump up, and top it with your choice of:  extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grilled green chiles or onions (or both), thinly sliced tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, etc.  Nestled in a decent hamburger bun, cut in half and served with kettle chips and a tasty brew, one can enjoy a great burger, free of pretentious surroundings and obnoxious drunks

mini_d
mini_d

Brasserie Ten Ten in Boulder also has pretty darn good burgers! Still, there are a few on this list I need to try (Crave, Humboldt).

David Hopp
David Hopp

Ignite has best burgers in Denver.

Amanda Brownlie Frank
Amanda Brownlie Frank

I wholeheartedly agreed with this list. And now I'm craving a Shroom Luva's burger from highland tap!

mini_d
mini_d

@DonkeyHotay @mini_d Oooh.... good to know! I've only had the bone marrow at Euclid Hall, which I love. Need to try it elsewhere.

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