The 10 Best Burgers in Denver

Drum roll, please: here are the results of our 2015 Best Burgers Survey
September 22, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Mention burgers, and Denverites are lightening-quick to argue their favorites. And while debating the city's best burger is a never-ending battle, we recently asked readers for their input as part of our 2015 Burger Survey, resulting in these top 10 picks that range from old-school stalwarts to over-the-top skyscrapers. Did you favorite make the cut? Read on to find out.

Bud's Cafe & Bar
Bar

Since 1948, this offbeat and off-the-beaten-path roadhouse in Sedalia has satisfied carnivores with its celebrated single or double hamburgers and cheeseburgers, served simply with pickles, onions and potato chips ( “No french fries, damnit” is written on the menu, so don’t ask). The setting is no-frills, but comes equipped with budget tabs, cold beer and character.
Park Burger - Platt Park
Burger · Platt Park · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.0

"Delicious" , "thick, juicy burgers" with "innovative toppings" , "sweet potato fries to die for" and "kick-ass adult" milkshakes (as well as "good beer options" ) have garnered this "successful mini-chain" of "low-key" "neighborhood joints" an "insanely loyal following" ; "long waits" at prime times are a given, but the “friendly, attentive" service compensates.
Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery Colfax
American · Hale · $

Not only does “fast food not have to be bad” , it can be “comparable to fine dining” , as fans of these “comfortable” , affordable American quick stops attest; the “nice-guy” chef-owner, Clint Wangsnes, turns out “incredible” dishes (such as meats and salads on cutting boards) that you order at the counter, all of them arriving at your table “in a matter of minutes” , while the small bar dispenses a handful of beers and wines.
Acorn
American · River North Art District · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

“Get ready to share – and be wowed” by – “astounding” New American small plates with “huge flavors” “that light up your mouth” at this RiNo sibling of Boulder’s acclaimed OAK at fourteenth; though the somewhat “noisy” setting in “popular” “warehouse” -turned-marketplace The Source is “hipster heaven” , you’ll “never feel slighted” by either the “dynamic, attentive servers” or the “master mixologists” at the bar.
Highland Tap and Burger
American · LoHi · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

“Gourmet” burger toppings like foie gras plus a “killer” local beer selection “set apart” these “energetic” hangouts where “sports fans” “have a blast” watching the game (aided, no doubt, by “decent drink deals” ); the staff is “knowledgeable” , and though you may have to wait when things “get busy” at the LoHi flagship, the “people-watching inside” and out on the patio helps – or you can try the larger West Colfax branch, which also offers barbecue.
The Squeaky Bean
Eclectic · LoDo · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.2

Owner Johnny Ballen and his "great" staff "keep the smile factor high" at this funky magnet for LoDo "foodies" who "sit at the cool chef's counter" to explore the "limited" but "all-new, all-fresh" , contemporary American menu featuring homegrown produce, or hit the bar for "creative cocktails" in view of the celebrity memorial shrine; meanwhile, the "killer" weekend "bingo brunch is where it's at" for party people.
The Pig & The Sprout
New American · LoDo · $$

From versatile salads and burgers to inventive small plates, entrees and cocktails, the seasonal New American menu runs the gastropub gamut at this bi-level, loftlike hangout in the burgeoning Union Station North neighborhood.