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The Ten Best Homegrown Burger Bars in Denver

Denver has options for every kind of burger fanatic.
Denver has options for every kind of burger fanatic. Mark Antonation
Burger lovers may be excited by out-of-towners Shake Shack and In-N-Out coming to Colorado, but Denver already has plenty of good burger joints with a local pedigree, from multi-store chains to high-end eateries. Whether you want the simplest dive-bar burger or a heartstopping behemoth, there's something for you at one of our ten Colorado burger bars — listed in alphabetical order.

click to enlarge Whether in Westminster or the heart of downtown Denver, you can't go wrong with 5280. - COURTESY OF 5280 BURGER BAR
Whether in Westminster or the heart of downtown Denver, you can't go wrong with 5280.
Courtesy of 5280 Burger Bar
5280 Burger Bar
500 16th Street, 303-825-1020
4301 Main Street, Westminster, 720-887-5970

Juicy burgers, housemade buns and a variety of creative toppings make 5280 a great choice for gourmet burger lovers. Stick with fresh ground beef or venture into bison or lamb for something more unusual. Even the basic burger is made with Black Angus, but the 5280 Prime takes quality a step above, with 7X Ranch Prime wagyu as the base. Visit the 16th Street Mall original or mix it up a little at the newer Westminster outpost.

click to enlarge American Grind calls this the Cheeseburg. - MARK ANTONATION
American Grind calls this the Cheeseburg.
Mark Antonation
American Grind
3200 Pecos Street
720-269-4778
When you step up to this burger counter at Avanti Food & Beverage, don't order a burger — call it a "burg." Whether your choice is a hamburg, cheeseburg or veggieburg, you won't be disappointed by the flavor and quality that comes from locally sourced and housemade ingredients — including the ketchup.

click to enlarge This is all you really need in life. - LORI MIDSON
This is all you really need in life.
Lori Midson
Bud's Bar
5453 Manhart Street, Sedalia
303-688-9967
This one requires a bit of a drive, but Sedalia is an easy trip — especially knowing what's at the end of the drive. Bud's Bar is a burger bar because it's a bar with only four menu items: a hamburger, a cheeseburger, and a double of each. Don't bother asking for fries; the burgers come with a bag of chips, and that's it. A burger at Bud's is one of life's simple pleasures; there's nothing extraneous — just beef, an oil-slicked bun and molten American cheese.


The Cricket Burger will do, but green chiles can't hurt. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
The Cricket Burger will do, but green chiles can't hurt.
Danielle Lirette
Cherry Cricket
2641 East Second Avenue
303-322-7666
Denver's oldest burger bar lets you mess around with toppings if you want, but a char-grilled Cricket Burger is all you really need. And, okay, throw on some green chiles if you must. The Cherry Creek original keeps getting more iconic — and more iconoclastic — as the rest of the neighborhood grows and modernizes around it. A second location will bring the restaurant's classic appeal to the Ballpark neighborhood at 2220 Blake Street beginning April 17.

click to enlarge Chuburger brings Boulder County goodness to its Denver and Longmont burger bars. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Chuburger brings Boulder County goodness to its Denver and Longmont burger bars.
Danielle Lirette
Chuburger
1225 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Longmont, 303-776-1914
3490 Larimer Street, 720-668-9167

Oskar Blues runs these two burger joints with the same laid-back style as its original Lyons brewpub, but with a focus on top-quality beef; the company even runs its own Hops & Heifers cattle farm. Since beers and burgers are a natural together, Chuburger also pours a full lineup of Oskar Blues suds to enhance your burger-eating pleasure.

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