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best burger in denver?

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i dont care whether its a fancy spot or not, but where have you eaten the best burger in denver? i have only seen recommendations here for City Grill and Cherry Cricket... any others? Thanks!

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  1. My experience is limited, but the burgers at Jack N Grill are quite fine. The beef is ground on site if I am not mistaken, and they will cook it rare.

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    1. re: GroovinGourmet

      No rare burgers. I have asked for medium rare and always get medium well to well. It is that fear of e-coli.

      1. re: GroovinGourmet

        That was one of the best burgers I've ever had. Just delicious and HUGE!

        1. re: GroovinGourmet

          I have to say I cringe anytime anyone mentions Jack N Grill. I think it's one of the most over hyped restraurants in Denver. Yes, the quantities are huge but I picture the ingredients being shoveled out of the back of a Sysco truck.

          Don't get me wrong, while I prefer authentic Mexican food I still can appreciate good Tex-Mex as well. IMHO Jack N Grill offers neither.

          Just one guys opinion - not trying to offend!

          1. re: Strangewine

            Jack N Grill offers neither Mexican nor Tex-Mex, so maybe that's your problem. They offer New Mexican food, which is different. That said, I haven't been in years so can't comment on recent quality. The last time I went there, however, it was definitely the most authentic New Mexican food I have found in the area.

            1. re: LurkerDan

              Nothing like chiming back in 4 years later. JnG still rules in my book. Service can suffer a bit when they are crowded, but that applies to just about anywhere. Cannot imagine a visit to Denver without stopping by.

        2. I have to say, it's not a fancy burger, and it's takeout, only. But, Grandpa's Burger Haven has the best "old style" drive-in type burger I've eaten in Denver. The inside of the buns is toasted, the outside is a little greasy, and they put what I like on the burger. It's located on the West side of Federal around 1st Avenue.

          1. Grandpas is very good. Beware of the double. They are huge, and a lot to eat.

            Capital Grill is supposed to make a real good burger, and it is a (realtively) good deal (for an expensive steak house). I haven't had a burger there yet, but plan to. It is a good way to eat at an expensive reataurant, and not spend a ton of money.

            The burger at the Denver Chop House is really good also.

            People swear by Griffs Burger Barn (on Broadway right by I-25). I liked it, but didn't think it was anything too incredible.

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            1. re: Booger

              There was a time when there were 7 or 8 Griffs Burger Bars around Denver, and they had a great burger. There are 2, that I know of, that are left. The one you mentioned, above, and one in old Downtown Arvada. It wouldn't surprise me if the ones that are left are under different ownership.

            2. My favorite is "My Brothers's Bar" in the Platte River area next to REI.

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              1. re: ColoradoFun

                How could I have forgotten My Brothers Bar? It is great.

                1. re: ColoradoFun

                  Great atmposphere, awesome beer selection, medicore burgers.

                2. I've had burgers at all the places mentioned, that they are all good. But - my favorite is the Hillcrest Grill at 3rd and Holly in the Hilltop neighborhood of Denver. Their burgers are big and juicy with a lot of different add-on toppings. My favorites are balsamic onions, swiss cheese and basil mayo. Yummy.

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                  1. re: Pampatz

                    Interesting.... obviously not kosher, but isn't that inside the Eruv in Hilltop?

                    1. re: Veggo

                      Veggo: It is in the eruv but certainly not Kosher. But then again so is Gunther Toodies.

                      If you are looking for a kosher burger we do actually enjoy the burgers at the East Side Kosher Deli. They aren't gourmet but if you order them medium they aren't bad. We don't keep kosher but family members do so that is what we will order if we go there.

                      GastroNaughty: we heard Cheeburger Cheeburger was really dirty and not worth going to so I appreciate the word of confidence, we mean to go there and don't. Also thanks for the good vote of confidence on Smashburger as well!

                      1. re: aka_zoe

                        aka zoe: working with Mike and Marcy from the East side kosher deli to extend the eruv while I was the city manager was a delight because they are such wonderful people. I helped with the Eruv in Mexico City when I lived there in the 90's, which was 100 times more difficult, partly for being danish. But we have kosher in Mexico.

                    2. re: Pampatz

                      Hillcrest Grill closed several months ago. It's new incarnation? Locanda del Borgo, an Italian restaurant.

                      As for best burgers, I love Smashburger, Burgers-n-Sports, Old School Burgers, Cheeburger Cheeburger, CityGrille and 1515 Restaurant.