Best burger for your hard-earned buck
Yup, that Snarf’s. One of the regions most beloved local sandwiches 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 -- with a third location opening soon in Cap Hill. Nothing on the menu is over $7, 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 $10 total.
Goldsmith & Hampden South
The epitome of a Denver-style Mexican hamburger
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? Is it more a burrito? Take a bite of La Fogata’s version and tell me if you really care. It’s friggin’ delicious. 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.
Sun Valley & Arvada
The epitome of a Mexican street food-style hamburger
While the “Mexican hamburger” in Denver means a smothered, melty plate of meat and cheese under a tortilla blanket, in Mexico, hamburguesa stands serve up a totally different take on char-grilled beef, often topped with sliced pineapple, ham, avocado, and other less traditional American choices. Enter Hamburguesas Don Jesus, an easy-to miss spot where that approach is upped even further with burgers featuring a bevy of unexpected topping combos. Exhibit A: the Texana. It starts with a familiar base -- a beef patty on a sesame seed bun with cheese, ketchup, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onion. But then things get interesting. Jalapeno joins the party along with avocado, a slice of ham, and...wait for it...a bacon wrapped hotdog (or as they call it, “weenie”). Other menu choices include toppings like chicken nuggets, anaheim chiles, and, sliced pineapple. Go big and be adventurous and you will be rewarded.