Denver
1. Annette
Aurora

What used to be a hard to catch, very occasional staple at this award-winning eatery from equally award-winning chef Caroline Glover is now a staple of their dine-in and takeout offerings. The Annette burger features 7x Wagyu beef served up on a house-made English muffin with chow chow, sour pickles, and cheddar. It’s a perfectly crafted burger, but more than that, it’s a very real (and very delicious) symbol of Glover’s range as a chef.

2. Sloan's Lake Tap & Burger
Sloan’s Lake

Two words: Shroom Luva’s. This burger spot from the team behind Bar Doug and Señor Bear has expanded to three locations in recent years, and they offer a ton of burger options including a make-your-own menu. But one signature burger needs to be on your must-try list. The Shroom Luva’s is, well, loved, for it’s umami explosion of sauteed mushrooms and white truffle aioli with melted swiss. It’s a classic combo that elevates the burger from backyard BBQ staple to “damn, I need another” craving.

3. My Brother's Bar
Goldsmith

As the oldest bar in Denver, this spot’s got some colorful history, including notable former patrons like beat writers Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. While it has been continuously serving hooch since 1873, the current incarnation has been bringing impressive burgers under the current name since 1970. My Brother’s Bar is an institution any way you slice it, with the Johnny Burger—topped with jalapeno cream cheese, grilled onions, and Swiss and American cheese—being a certified classic. 

4. The Cherry Cricket
Cherry Creek

The Cricket’s been serving up food in Denver for 70 years, so it’s pretty clear that this 1950s trucker bar-turned-burger joint is doing something right. It starts with the basics: a half-pound patty on a sesame seed bun. Then you take over, picking from the extensive list of additions. At this point, this place has seen it all, so if herb cream cheese, grilled pineapple, and corned beef are what you’re craving—go for it. Plus now there’s a second location near Coors Field featuring arcade games and fish tanks and those same beloved burger patties loaded with all the peanut butter and bacon your heart desires (seriously, try that combo, it rocks).

5. Snarfburger
Capital Hill

Yup, that Snarf’s. One of the region’s most beloved local sandwich chains has brought their burger game to the Mile High, and you should be excited. Snarfburger first debuted in Boulder but is now open on Federal and in Cap Hill. Nothing on the menu is over $8, and that includes a double cheeseburger with both Swiss and American. Premium toppings like bacon and avocado are available for an extra charge, but you don’t need those for a satisfying bite. For the full experience, add a side of super crispy onion rings and a cup of frozen custard, all of which will cost you just over $15 total.

6. La Fogata
Goldsmith

Let’s start with the basics: What exactly is a Denver-style Mexican hamburger? It’s a beef patty (preferably char-grilled) and refried beans tucked inside a tortilla, smothered with pork green chile (because this is Denver after all), and usually topped with melted cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Does this really count as a burger? Or is it more of a burrito? Take a bite of La Fogata’s version and tell us if you really care. This duo of casual south Denver eateries (which also happens to have one of the best house margs in town) has been low-key serving up some of the Mile High’s best Mexican since 1990, and on a menu of hits, the Mexican hamburger is at the top of the list.