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Gear up for summer by visiting the best burger joints in Colorado Springs!

 

Camping trips, pool days, bike rides, and of course, juicy burgers — summertime is rounding the corner and it’s time to celebrate with some warm-weather favorites.

Whether you’re visiting Colorado Springs for a long weekend or are on the hunt for a new favorite burger joint, we’ve got you covered.

 

Here are the 8 best burger spots to try this summer in Colorado Springs:

 

Photo Courtesy of Bingo Burger

 

BINGO BURGER

132 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

 

This burger joint is featured on our Original Colorado Springs Food Tour, where we take our guests to experience their juicy patties, crisp sweet potato fries, and an array of homemade sauces (our favorites are the Thai Chile Ketchup and Lemon Rosemary Aioli).

Bingo Burger’s owner, Richard Warner, opened the first location in Pueblo, Colorado, with a menu centered around one of Colorado’s famous foods, Pueblo chilies. Bingo Burger’s unique flavors are met with sleek marketing, a fun atmosphere, and a prime Downtown location.

We recommend the Shooks Run — named after the creek and greenway that runs through Downtown Colorado Springs — a tasty combo of Bingo beef, thick-cut bacon, bleu cheese, grilled onions, and roasted garlic bleu cheese sauce.

 

Extras: Add an order of hand-cut French fries with bacon mayo dipping sauce and a local Colorado Springs craft beer.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of The Skirted Heifer

 

THE SKIRTED HEIFER

204 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

 

Located just up the street from Bingo Burger, The Skirted Heifer is a family-owned and operated burger joint in Downtown Colorado Springs. Their team takes pride in their commitment to being healthy, local, and homemade, while still creating sensational burgers that their customers will come back for time and time again.

The name “Skirted Heifer,” comes from their unique menu option — an extra layer of crispy cheddar cheese that creates a skirt-like shape around the burger. Their burgers have even been nationally recognized, making an appearance on the Food Network.

We recommend The Classic Skirted Heifer — a grass-fed beef patty topped with a cheddar cheese skirt, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, and Heifer Sauce on a garlic focaccia bun.

 

Extras: Pair your burger with some sweet potato fries dipped in one of their homemade sauces and a Boylan’s handcrafted natural soda to drink.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Crave

 

CRAVE REAL BURGERS

7465 North Academy Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

 

Coffee, peanut butter, and glazed donuts might not sound like typical ingredients you’d find at a burger joint — Well, Crave is the exception! This burger restaurant is finding that the sky’s the limit when it comes to their foodie feats.

The owners behind Crave are on a mission to “provide an extraordinary burger adventure that exceeds all expectations,” and you won’t be disappointed. 

Their menu is broken up into three sections — favorite burgers, classic burgers, and burger adventures. Looking for a unique foodie experience? The Luther is a one-of-a-kind burger made of bacon, cheddar, egg, onion, and two glazed donuts as the bun.

 

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.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Odyssey Gastropub

 

ODYSSEY GASTROPUB

311 N Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

 

Odyssey Gastropub doesn’t solely serve burgers, but their two burger options are so darn good, they made our list! Their globally-inspired menu has dishes from Korean Lettuce Cups to Chicken & Waffles, and while you can’t go wrong, their burgers are a go-to for returning customers.

Believe it or not, owner Tyler Sherman actually got his start in the restaurant industry as a 16-year-old grill cook at McDonald’s. He’s come a long way since then!

The Odyssey Burger is topped with cheddar cheese, pork green chili, and an egg, while the Pioneer Burger features provolone, honey bacon, crispy onions, house burger sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onions, and pickles.

 

Extras: Odyssey’s burgers come with your choice of fries, waffle fries, coleslaw, street corn, chicharrones, or, for an additional dollar, a serving of their squash medley.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of The Green Line Grill

 

THE GREEN LINE GRILL

230 1/2 Pueblo Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

 

Shh! The Green Line Grill is a bit of a local secret! Chef Bobby Couch’s El Reno-style Onion ‘Fried’ Burger is affordable, juicy, and full of flavor. This unique burger recipe originated long ago during the dust bowl and has since made its way to The Rocky Mountains from Oklahoma.

The Onion Fried Hamburger is a perfect blend of caramelized onions, locally sourced beef, green chili, pepper jack cheese, and jalapeño. All of their ingredients are sourced right here from Colorado, including buns from Sourdough Boulangerie, Rocky Mountain Tomatoes, and Sara’s Sausage.

 

Extras: Enjoy your burger with an order of their perfectly seasoned hand-cut fries or, if you’re feeling a bit extra, a Frito pie!

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Drifter’s | Yelp

 

DRIFTER’S HAMBURGERS

4455 Mark Dabling Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

 

Drifter’s is rescuing “the reputation of the ‘fast-food hamburger,’” one burger at a time.  While this joint is often compared to the West Coast burger chain, In-N-Out, locals have decided that Drifter’s still has the heart of our city.

So what’s unique about Drifter’s? Their burgers are made from local Callicrate Beef from Ranch Foods Direct and paired with fresh, natural ingredients like crisp lettuce and freshly sliced tomatoes. With each bite, you get the juicy, addictive flavors of an In-N-Out burger, paired with the satisfaction that your burger is as local and fresh as they come.

We recommend ordering a double cheeseburger, deluxe, wild-style, but you really can’t go wrong.

 

Extras: Order a side of their crispy fries and one of their delicious shakes — we love the boysenberry!

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Cy’s Drive-In | Yelp

 

CY’S DRIVE-IN GRILL

1833 W Uintah Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

 

Cy’s is a Colorado Springs classic and one of the best burger spots in town. This drive-in, hole-in-the-wall joint is located on the West Side, close to Downtown Colorado Springs, and has been a local favorite since 1953 when it first opened its doors.

Enter Cy’s and you’ll find nostalgia at every turn, from the posters hanging on the walls to the classic diner-style burgers that haven’t changed since the 50s. Sink your teeth into one of Cy’s Old Fashioned Burgers or one of their specialty burgers, like the Swiss and Mushroom or Alaskan.

 

Extras: Cy’s has quite the offering of sides — get yourself some fries or mix it up with an order of cheese fries, chili fries, onion rings, Texas toothpicks, jalapeño poppers, buffalo fries, potato chips, or tots.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Brakeman’s Burgers | Yelp

 

BRAKEMAN’S BURGERS

10 S. Sierra Madre Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903

 

The Old Depot, Colorado Springs’ historic train station, has seen many seasons since its erection in the late 1800s. While it was long used as the railway gateway into the city, it is now home to one of our favorite burger joints (and new destination on our Original Colorado Springs Food Tour!).

Brakeman’s Burgers is one of the three new restaurants to open in the newly renovated Old Depot building. The team behind the restaurant worked hard to maintain and, where necessary, bring back to life, the unique history of the building, while bringing a new and inspired burger menu to Downtown Colorado Springs.

We recommend getting a taste of their Smokehouse Burger, made with a Jack Daniel’s Honey BBQ glaze, American cheese, pecan smoked shoulder bacon, and Memphis spiced crispy onions.

 

Extras: Pair your burger with a basket of “Brakeman’s One-of-a-kind Fries,” onion rings, chili cheese fries, and, if you’re of age, an adult shake (we’re drooling over the sea salt, bourbon, and caramel).

 

Ready to put your taste buds out of their misery? Hustle on over to one (or all!) of these amazing burger joints and be sure to tell us which one hits home for you!

 

Cheers, Your Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team

(So, what’s a food tour, anyway…?)

 

 

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