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Colorado is known for its amazing burgers and meat lovers can rejoice in so many delicious burger options that you can easily try a new one every day for months. However, vegetarians and vegans do not have to feel left out of the burger love because there are several upscale eateries that provide some truly amazing meatless burger options. These aren’t your frozen store patties just thrown in as an afterthought. These are carefully crafted vegetarian burgers, each with their own special ingredients and flavors. Check out these great vegetarian burgers in Denver.

Root Down
1600 W. 33rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 993-4200

Root Down is already known for using local ingredients and its vegetarian sliders are so delicious that even meat lovers can enjoy these. The tasty burger treats are made at Root Down, not purchased and shipped in. A concoction of mushrooms, red and wild rice, broccoli, tomatoes, onion, sunflower seeds and loads of spices and flavor, these little gems are truly delicious. Root Down also serves them up with style, with a sprout salad, jalapeno jam and a side of amazing sweet potato fries. These little sliders are not only vegetarian, but they are vegan as well. There’s even a gluten-free bun option.

H Burger Co
1555 Blake St., Suite 102
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 524-4345

Another stylish spot that clearly takes pride in its veggie burger option, H Burger has the always-scrumptious Eden burger. The Eden burger is a blend of squash and beans with egg and is served up with red peppers, sweet and spicy bok choy and some mixed greens. While not vegan, this amazing veggie burger is unlike any other you’ll try in town. Just like everything else at H Burger, the Eden burger is carefully hand crafted to be the best, and you’ll fall in love with this swanky eatery.

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Watercourse Foods
837 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-7313

If you are a vegetarian in Denver, then you already love this restaurant. As one of the premier veggie establishments in town, Watercourse Foods has a few different veggie burger options. The maximus burger is a homemade delight filled with pinto beans and quinoa, served on a traditional kaiser roll with all the burger toppings you could want. It’s so filling and so delicious that you won’t miss the meat at all, and because it is Watercourse Food, you will have lots of other veggie options to enjoy while you are there as well.

City O’ City
206 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-6443

When it comes to veggie dining options, City O’ City is another hugely popular destination. The menu is completely vegetarian with a lot of vegan options as well, and the el jefe burger is one that you simply have to make time to try. This burger is another pinto and quinoa blend, but this time it’s served up with cheddar, sautéed mushrooms, onion rings, a hot-sauce aioli and a fried egg. It’s the most amazing veggie burger you could possibly want.

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Park Burger 
1890 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 242-9951

Park Burger is one of those burger joints that you just know is going to have amazing burgers, after all, it’s in the name and it’s what this hip little eatery is known for. For vegetarians, however, the burger here is also not just an afterthought. This is not a store-bought, flavorless patty on a lifeless bun. The house-made veggie patty is thick and flavorful and you can eat it on pretty much any of the signature specialty burgers. Enjoy some wine or local beer with your veggie burger and you have a delightful  dining experience.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.