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Denver

Denver may finally have shed its reputation as a cowtown, but Colorado’s still ranch country — and juicy burgers are as big here as ever. In fact, the results of our recent survey go to show that the Mile High City’s loyalty to its most established burger joints never wanes, even as the occasional newcomer joins the old guard.

Ratings are out of 30. Key to ratings

Hamburgers are rated in three categories — flavor, ingredients and value — on a 30-point scale.

26–30Extraordinary to perfection
21–25Very good to excellent
16–20Good to very good
11–15Fair to good
0–10Poor to fair

Ratings have been rounded to the nearest whole number, but the top burger rankings are calculated using the non-rounded scores.

  • Overall
  • Flavor
  • Value
  • Ingred.
  • Ingredients
  • Highland Tap & Burger

    Shroom Luva's

    • 26
    • 28
    • 23
    • 27
    #1

    Loaded with sautéed mushrooms, white-truffle aïoli and Emmentaler cheese, the award-winning signature creation ($10) at this LoHi burger-and-beer hub has umami to spare. But for an extra $11, you can make it explode with “some of the best-quality foie gras in town,” according to one voter. Read more about Highland Tap & Burger on Zagat.

    highlandtapdenver.com

  • The Squeaky Bean

    Double Cheeseburger a la Nouveau Jersey

    • 25
    • 26
    • 23
    • 27
    #2

    “It's like if God were your best friend and made you a Big Mac,” sighs one voter over this LoDo destination’s lunch-only double decker ($12). Topped with American cheese, melted onions, pickles and zesty “special sauce” on a locally baked bun, this burger may be fast-food inspired but it’s a gourmand’s dream. Read more about The Squeaky Bean on Zagat.

    thesqueakybean.net

    Photo by Christopher Cina

  • Cherry Cricket

    Cricket Burger

    • 23
    • 23
    • 22
    • 23
    #3

    Open in one guise or another for six decades, this down-home Cherry Creek institution is renowned for its classic half-pounder ($7) and a list of à la carte toppings that comes as “a total revelation” to one commenter, ranging from green chile and sauerkraut to peanut butter and raspberry jam. Read more about Cherry Cricket on Zagat.

    cherrycricket.com

    Photo by Christopher Cina

  • My Brother's Bar

    J.C.B. Jalapeño Cream Cheese

    • 22
    • 23
    • 24
    • 21
    #4

    “Come on — it's Brother’s,” sums up one fan of this historic tavern and its legendary J.C.B. ($6.25). Smeared with spunky jalapeño cream cheese and brought to the table in wax paper with a caddy full of condiments and napkins you’ll need, it’s not just a burger, it’s a local tradition. Read more about My Brother's Bar on Zagat.

    www.mybrothersbar.com

    Photo by Christopher Cina

  • Larkburger

    Larkburger

    • 21
    • 22
    • 21
    • 21
    #5

    Colorado has become an epicenter of eco-friendly, fast-casual success stories, and Larkburger’s chief among them for its carefully sourced namesake ($6.43), distinguished by high-grade Angus beef and bright lemon-Dijon sauce. As one voter noted, “They put a real emphasis on using natural ingredients, and it makes a difference.” Read more about Larkburger on Zagat.

    larkburger.com

Ratings are out of 30. Key to ratings

Hamburgers are rated in three categories — flavor, ingredients and value — on a 30-point scale.

26–30Extraordinary to perfection
21–25Very good to excellent
16–20Good to very good
11–15Fair to good
0–10Poor to fair

Ratings have been rounded to the nearest whole number, but the top burger rankings are calculated using the non-rounded scores.

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