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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Jan Daugherty McNutt
Jan Daugherty McNutt

Gary Lee's Motor Club, S. Broadway, should be on list. Huge, fresh, quality beef burgers cooked to perfection.

Brian D. Bostron
Brian D. Bostron

The burgers at the Ship Tavern (Brown Palace) #1. Elways #2.

Kevin Burke
Kevin Burke

Surprised the Ste. Ellie burger isn't on there. House dry-aged beef; ground in house, and cooked to temperature. Can't beat the value or the quality over crap-Sysco beef at the same price.

Jodi Perry
Jodi Perry

The providence tavern has some damn good burgers.

Rosemarie DelMonte
Rosemarie DelMonte

And the new Bingo Burger in Colorado Springs! Right, Mary Oreskovich!?!

Chris Bailey
Chris Bailey

Stoked to see Buds on the list. I was going to flip my desk over if it wasn't on there.

John Cochran
John Cochran

Rico Loco knows that the best burgers around are found at Reivers....what is this, a website for young-uns?

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

Crave in Castle Rock and Bingo Burger in Pueblo.

Biggie Balboa
Biggie Balboa

The colorado burger at crave. In house slow roasted lamb poblanos avocado chip mayo mmm

Mike Killion
Mike Killion

Have some new places to try! Cherry Cricket used to be one of the best places, I'd ever experienced a burger at period! I've been twice in the past year, and regretted both times! The food was undercooked, and just thrown on the plate. I really hope they can get back to the great place they once used to be! Dan Falliaux is correct! Jimmy's is excellent!!! My Wife has Gluten Intolerance, so we're "Burger" Connisuer's!, On a side note we had Patxi's Pizza the other day, and it was Delicious!!! Jennifer

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