Denver's way too cosmopolitan to be called a "cow town" anymore, though after looking at these five incredible burgers from around Mile High, it's clear that the name should be brought back for a different reason altogether. The city's best includes green chili cheeseburgers, cheddar/bacon burgers, and a whole lot more.
No. 5: White Cheddar & Bacon Burger
1881 Curtis St; CBD; 303.312.3107
A perfect burger to order if you have an expense account or a stolen credit card, the 80/20 Gold Canyon chuck is topped with white cheddar and bacon, and comes on a brioche bun from Grateful Bread.
No. 4: Johnny Burger
My Brother's Bar
2376 15th St; Highland; 303.455.9991
The Johnny Burger boasts three cheeses (American, Swiss, cheddar-Monterey Jack) and is topped with a generous amount of grilled onions and jalapeños. But its real charm is in the fact that it's served wrapped in paper, and accompanied by a giant caddy full of condiments. Kerouac and Neal Cassady used to hang out at this spot a long time ago, so the old-world charm doesn't hurt either.
No. 3: Blue Smoke Burger
3200 Tejon St; Highland; 303.927.6334
The 6.5oz burger patties are ground in-house daily and come on a toasted brioche bun. They serve as a great base for blue cheese crumbles, bacon, and grilled onions. Unlike Tobias, don't be afraid of blue-ing yourself.
Ed. Note: the author of this article is employed by LoHi SteakBar, though their burgers would have been included on the list regardless, as they're quite legit. WE SWEAR!
No. 2: Smashburger
Steve's Snappin' Dogs
3525 E Colfax Ave; City Park; 303.333.7627
Steve's is known for their crazy hot dogs, but don't sleep on their damn good burger. The Smashburger comes with Dijon mayo, lettuce, grilled red onions, American cheese, tomatoes, and dill pickle chips, which provide a nice, satisfying crunch. Make sure to get fries.
No. 1: Green Chili Cheeseburger
Steuben's Food Service
523 E 17th Ave; Uptown; 303.830.1001
Steuben's legendary 10p special offers a burger, beer, and fries for only $7. But with or without the adult happy meal, the Green Chili Cheeseburger is a crazy good option. It comes on a challah bun, and has fixin's like lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and mustard. The real hero of the burger is the roasted green chili strips that pair beautifully with the American cheese. There's no better burger in Denver.
One of the oldest bars in Denver, this laid-back local fave serves great burgers, and's known for playing classical music and selling... waitforit... Girl Scout cookies by the hundreds every year. So go get those Samoas!
Elway's Downtown location, nestled snugly into The Ritz-Carlton Denver, serves up a seasonally rotating menu and an extensive wine list in an atmosphere as chic and sophisticated as The Ritz Carlton itself. Their bone-in filet is the choicest plate, even if the meat isn't actually choice, because clearly Mr. Elway wouldn't accept anything less than all USDA Prime hand-cut steak. If you're worried that won't be enough protein, lamb chops dipped in green chili cheese fondue make for a fine start.
A neighborhood spot with a solid happy hour, great burgers and steaks, daily brunch from 10a-3p, and affordable eats specials.
When you want a seriously good dog in Denver, hit up Steve's Snappin' Dogs which's been voted Best Hot Dogs for 5+ years. They've also got a whole slew of burgers, sides, shakes, and more on the menu.
Steuben's, an old-school diner with sophistication, serves good ol' American comfort food in Uptown Denver. Class it up with a cayenne etouffee or get down and dirty with some gravy fries.