A great burger needs to stand on its own, a Westword reader
noted last week in response to my review of Red Robin's Burger Works
, a new concept that the Colorado-based chain tried out at the Shops at Northfield Stapleton
before rolling it outside Colorado state lines. That means the burger has to taste good naked; an eggy bun, chipotle mayo, non-iceberg lettuce, chunky peanut butter and the occasional fried egg should complement the meat, not define it.
So what are the bare facts on the best burgers at chain restaurants? Here's my top five list: