Spring has sprung and it’s finally grilling season—which means BURGERS!
We know that even the seasoned chef needs a little inspiration now and then, so before gathering friends and family for the first big BBQ of the year, let our list of favorite burger joints be your muse. Stop in and check out a few!
Take a bite out of the best burgers in Colorado Springs!
132 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
The original Bingo Burger was created during Pueblo’s Chile & Frijoles Festival almost ten years ago at a simple grill stand and has since created such excitement that owner Richard Warner has locations in both Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Starring one of Colorado’s famous foods, Pueblo chilies, Bingo Burger has won the hearts of locals and visitors alike with their unique and flavorful burgers. Try the Incline – an original Bingo Burger topped with pimento cheese, bacon, extra Pueblo chiles and chipotle ranch.
Extras: Add an order of hand-cut French fries with bacon mayo dipping sauce and a Colorado beer, or try a boozy shake. We recommend the Reskie, which is made with vanilla bean ice cream, Chambord and chocolate sauce.
204 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
This family-owned and operated burger joint prides itself on the extra effort they’ve put toward creating a one-of-a-kind restaurant and their commitment to keeping their food as healthy and homemade as possible. The Skirted Heifer, which is what the owner’s kids call a patty draped in an overly large piece of melted cheese, won “Best Burger” from the Gazette’s Best of the Springs in 2016. In fact their burgers are nationally known, recently making an appearance on Food Network-check out our post about it here! We recommend trying The Classic Skirted Heifer—grass-fed beef, with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and Heifer Sauce on a garlic focaccia bun.
Extras: Order a side of sweet potato fries with any of their homemade sauces and a Boylan’s handcrafted natural soda to drink. Don’t forget dessert! Try their homemade frozen custard with various toppings.
31 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
One of the finest upscale steak houses may not be the place normally thought of when wanting a great burger, but when the burger is made with the same cuts of meat as the amazing steak it serves, it makes perfect sense. No wonder The Famous received the highest honor by the Colorado Springs Independent in their 2011 quest for the city’s best burgers! Order the Famous Prime Cheeseburger, which is still made according to their award winning techniques—1lb house ground beef (prior to cooking), choice of cheese served on a homemade cheddar-crusted sourdough bun. Tip: Stop by on Fridays when The Famous offers their burger with a side and soft drink for only $12 (plus tax and gratuity).
Extras: Choose one of the many Colorado wines or craft beers available. If you have the room, try the Flourless Chocolate Torte for dessert.
7465 North Academy Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
With a passion for gourmet cuisine and a bit of imagination (or maybe a lot!), Crave Real Burgers has taken an already great patty and turned it into a captivating creation. Using unique ingredients like coffee, peanut butter and glazed donuts, this burger restaurant is finding that the sky is the limit when it comes to their foodie feats. Crave was named both the Judge’s and People’s Choice Winner for the Denver Burger Battle in 2014, at which they will compete again this year! Try the Flaming Tiki, a Colorado Proud burger patty with grilled pineapple, pico, fried jalapeños, onion, habanero mayo, avocado, and pepper jack cheese.
Extras: A side of fries is included with each burger; upgrade them for $1 more to a side of Loaded Fries. Have a Colorado craft beer to drink or save your alcohol for dessert with an Adult Shake. Try the Bananas Foster made with vanilla ice cream, cinnamon syrup, banana, Vanilla Wafers, caramel sauce and rum.
121 South Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Nosh, which is Yiddish for small meals, is all about a shared dining experience. Each dish is packed with Asian influenced flavor and designed to expand the palate of each patron who comes in to dine. Nosh combines inventive cuisine in an artistic ambiance, especially since they are directly adjacent to the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA). Order the namesake Nosh Burger, which features local Corner Post beef served on their Old School Bakery challah bun with chili relish, white cheddar and crispy onions.
Extras: Several choices are available for the included side, but we recommend the Rosemary Chips. Order a specialty cocktail or martini like the French Pear made with Bold pear (Pear Vodka) and St. Germaine elderflower. Share the Deconstructed Cheesecake made with vanilla and citrus cream cheese, walnut streusel and cranberry chutney with fresh mint for dessert.
1904 Southgate Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Specializing in keeping things natural, Larkburger makes sure everything from their cooking techniques and ingredients to their packaging and operation practices are environmentally responsible. They have proved that by simply taking what nature provides they can create complex flavors that compliment their array of menu items. For this very reason, The Thrillist featured Larkburger as one of the best burgers in Colorado. We suggest trying the Truffle Burger, a Black Angus beef with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and truffle aioli.
Extras: Try the Truffle & Parmesan Fries, which are hand cut fries with grated Parmesan, Italian parsley and truffle oil. Order the Fresh Lemonade, which is freshly squeezed daily, and a Five Dollar shake made with Boulder ice cream to complete your meal.
101 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
This one-of-a-kind late night hotspot is home to an array of eclectic art and creative cuisine. A 2012 Gazette’s Best of the Springs four-time winner, The Rabbit Hole is nothing short of impressive. The décor, fare and location create a cohesive dining atmosphere themed after the beloved novel and fairy tale, Alice in Wonderland. We recommend the Juicy Lucy Burger, an all bacon burger with Port Salut cheese, herb mustard and orange jalapeño jam.
Extras: Sweet potato waffle fries are included. Order a Colorado craft beer or signature cocktail to drink, try the Mad Hatter, which is made with Colorado bourbon Manhattan, straight up or on the rocks. Don’t forget desert, we suggest the carrot cake!
Now that we’ve tempted your tastebuds, put them out of their misery and head on over to one of these great restaurants to try one (or more!) of Colorado Springs’ best burgers!