Food & Drink

Colorado’s 23 Best Burgers

Published On 02/18/2015 Published On 02/18/2015
Crave Real Burgers
Hot Corner Concepts
Adam Larkey Photography
Blackbelly
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Chefs Club
Cherry Cricket
Crave Real Burgers
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Drifters
Fatbelly
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
The Green Line Grill
Grind
Devils Thumb Ranch
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Hal Williams
Larkburger
Connor Green/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Tag Restaurant Group
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
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1. Blackbelly Market 1606 Conestoga St, Boulder, CO 80301 (Boulder)

After his Top Chef victory in 2009, Hosea Rosenberg could have run off to join the celebrity-chef circus. Instead, he generously spread the roots he’d already put down in Boulder by launching Blackbelly Farm, Blackbelly Catering, and Blackbelly Market - the intimate, mod-rustic restaurant and butcher shop. Charcuterie is kind of Rosenberg’s jam, so a sampler’s a no-brainer, but don’t stop there. Don’t stop, in fact, until you’ve had meat at least three different ways (say, duck rillettes, raw beef, and smoked lamb), along with some delectable apple brioche pudding, you know, for balance.

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2. Butcher's Bistro 2233 Larimer St , Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

This butchery-themed eatery gets the meat-party started with snacks like beef-heart crostini and short rib-stuffed potato skins, then seals the deal with tricked-out cheesesteaks for lunch, thoughtfully executed dinner entrées, and the option to choose your own cut from the retail case. Vegetarian tidbits like the spinach croquettes are just as great as the menu's meat options, and the steak offered here is some of the best in Denver. We highly recommend stopping here for lunch or dinner.

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3. Chefs Club 315 E Dean St, Aspen, CO 81611 (Aspen)

Opening this weekend to coincide with both the Aspen Food & Wine fest and the St. Regis Aspen Resort's hella pricey remodel, the hotel's Club has an open kitchen, a ceiling set off with giant, decorative inlaid snowflakes, and, most notably, a selection of seasonally changing dishes designed by a rotating team of chefs, all of whom have been dubbed "Best New" by Food & Wine mag at some point.

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4. The Cherry Cricket 2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (Cherry Creek)

Backed by 50 years of burger history, Cherry Cricket's patties are a true legend, and its wings, sandwiches, and chilis are pretty damn good too. A champion of local beer, the bar is stocked with 27 taps of locally brewed craft beer.

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5. Highland Tap and Burger 2219 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

A patio with a fire pit might draw crowds during the colder months, but 16 52" TVs, an exclusively Colorado tap list, and significant happy hour deals keep them coming the rest of the year. Of course, some people do come to Highland Tap and Burger for the food itself, which constitutes surprisingly original takes on the usual pub grub. Fair warning: most of the crowd is college-age.

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6. J-Bar at Hotel Jerome 330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611

This hotel bar puts others to shame, pouring specialty cocktails and craft brews for the masses in Aspen.

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7. My Brother's Bar 2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Highland)

My Brother's Bar, off 15th and Platte, is a city institution that has been pouring booze for Beat Gen folks like Neal Cassady (who still has a tab there) and plenty of other thirsty Denverites forever. MBB also flips a mean burger -- pair that with a solid beer list, and it's no surprise this place is still going strong.

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8. Park Burger 1890 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210 (Platt Park)

Park Burger in Platt Park is just waiting to hook you up with fancy burgers (like the ahi tuna, truffle burger, and croque burger), as well as regular ones. Delicious guilty pleasures, too --- like their bacon ranch fries and Irish cream shake -- are available to enjoy.

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9. The Squeaky Bean 1500 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

The Squeaky Bean, based in Denver's LoDo neighborhood, is an American restaurant whose menu changes with the seasons, to the heightened satisfaction of your taste buds. If you visit their website, you can even get a 360° peek at the farm on which their ingredients are grown. And while their menu varies from crispy cauliflower one day to sheep's milk ricotta gnocchi another, it's always served in a light-filled space where the intersection of warm wood and orange brick offers your meal a homey context.

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10. TAG Burger Bar 1222 Madison St, Denver, CO 80206 (Congress Park)

From acclaimed Denver Restaurateur Troy Guard, TAG Burger Bar is a neighborhood bar and grill with high-quality, inventive burgers, craft beers, and elevated New American food. Customize your own burger and mac and cheese -- build on the base (a1/3lb burger and pasta with cheese sauce and Goldfish-Cheez-it topping), with proteins, veggies, and various sauces. With 20 craft beers and seemingly endless burger and mac options, you may never have the same meal twice.