The 10 Best Burgers in Denver

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

Since 1948, this offbeat and off-the-beaten-track 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.
Bar · 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 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.