Park Burger's veggie burger remains a top choice

If you've had a burger at Park Burger -- whether the spot in Highland or in Uptown or the original restaurant on South Pearl Street, then you know this an unpretentious eatery does burgers right. The menu isn't vast -- shakes, alcoholic beverages, burgers and fries, and that's about it -- but when a burger is this good, you don't need much else. The veggie burger at Park Burger has won awards from Westword in the past; it's a ridiculously delicious housemade patty, and if you skip the egg, it's totally vegan, too.

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Your best bet is to hit up a Park Burger location sometime between lunch and dinner, because otherwise the dining room is packed with customers craving big, juicy burgers. Even at 2 p.m. one recent weekday, the Highland location was still fairly busy, with several tables nursing drinks and devouring the burgers that arrive in paper-lined wire baskets.

We started with a thick chocolate shake topped with fresh whipped cream, and waited for a veggie version of Park Burger's "popper": jalapeno cream cheese, haystack onions and charred green chiles topping a veggie patty. Several grains -- corn, barley and others -- comprise that patty, which is then grilled and plopped on a bun. As always, the veggie burgers was so thick and juicy that it fell apart as we tried to eat it -- a common experience for carnivores, but much more rare for plant-eaters, since veggie burgers tend to be very, very dry. A vegan can order the "popper" without cheese -- but we highly recommend the onions and green chile!

There are plenty more add-ons you can use to customize your burger, including guacamole, several kinds of cheese, eggs and much more. The thin-cut parmesan truffle fries are definitely worth trying, too. Park Burger also has sweet-potato fries that are crisp on the outside, mealy on the inside, just like a sweet-spud fry should be.

Visit for store hours and more menu information. And watch for a fourth Park Burger to open soon at 211 South Holly Street!

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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