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With a thriving cattle ranching industry, an abundance of creative chefs and a booming restaurant scene, there are plenty of places in Denver in which to get a burger. However, all burgers are not the same. While many chefs have taken this classic American staple and put their own spin on it, sometimes there is nothing better than a simple beef hamburger. Whether you’re in the mood for a cheeseburger, a bacon burger or a plain burger, you can’t go wrong with these Denver restaurants.
Park Burger
1890 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 242-9951

Denver has been a pioneer of the fast casual concept, so it’s no surprise that one of the most popular burger joints in the city follows this concept. Park Burger crafts its burgers with certified Angus beef that is locally sourced, so every burger is fresh and tastes great. Offering a wide variety of additional toppings, including bacon, jalapeno, pancetta, guacamole and more, you can make a burger that is suited to your personal tastes, or choose from one of the menu creations. Try one of the hand spun shakes with your meal as well.

Cherry Cricket
2641 E. 2nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-7666

From its humble origins as a trucker bar in the 1950s to its place in the Cherry Creek nightlife, the Cherry Cricket has long been a Denver favorite for burgers. Its Cricket burger is a local favorite that has even been profiled on television. Among the variety of optional toppings is the Cricket’s famous green chili sauce, which can be added to your burger for $1.50. Not only are the burgers at this restaurant delicious and filling, they are also affordable. It also has a fun bar area with great drink specials and a dart board and other games.

Crave Real Burgers
9344 Dorchester St.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
(720) 344-3006

If you happen to be a fan of creative concoctions, then this burger joint is for you. Its burgers have been nationally recognized in various publications and food competitions, and many of its creations pay homage to local cuisine traditions. Crave also allows patrons to create their own burger. If you’re more of a classicist, you’ll enjoy your food as well. There’s also a creative and delicious selection of shakes with many that include candy mix-ins to satisfy any sweet tooth.

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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
1535 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 546-0886

Another supporter of local ranches, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery gets all of its grassfed, antibiotic-free beef from ranchers in the state, ensuring a fresh taste. There are plenty of choices from the classic bacon cheeseburger to the ever popular blue cheese burger. The brewery has an excellent selection of craft beers and there are many gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options for your friends who don’t eat meat. Friendly service and a neighborhood atmosphere make this Pearl Street restaurant a must visit.

Chop Shop
4990 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220
(720) 550-7665

Another casual dining favorite located near Park Hill is Chop Shop. They offer the quality of a restaurant burger without the hassle. Its fast casual atmosphere makes for a hassle free dining experience, with good service, and a friendly staff. Along with the traditional beef burger, Chop Shop also offers veggie burgers, a french dip, or a chicken pastrami sandwich, along with many other options, including meatloaf and grilled salmon. If you’re looking for quick service without sacrificing quality, you should give the Chop Shop a whirl.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at