Denver Burger Battle 2015

The Denver Burger Battle is like the Super Bowl of cheeseburgers in Denver and this year was no exception. This year offered 13 showings, 14 if you were lucky enough to snag a VIP ticket. This event brings so much hype and excitement that I’ve been excited since last year. Ok, enough small talk. Let’s cut to the chase. There’s only one thing you all want from this post, and that’s a good review (or 14).

Let me start by giving you my top 5 cheeseburgers (the only list you need to know):

  1. Squeaky Bean
  2. Kobe An
  3. The Nickel
  4. Park Burger
  5. Acorn

I was supremely disappointed with the winner of Peoples’ Choice this year:

  1. TAG Burger Bar
  2. Kobe An
  3. Squeaky Bean

I mostly agree with the Judges’ Choice, but I will delve into why I don’t like their third pick later:

  1. The Nickel
  2. Squeaky Bean
  3. El Toro the Tot

Now for the juiciest photos and hot pressed reviews:

Smashburger (VIP only), Classic Smash Burger:Click to add a blog post for Smashburger on Zomato
For a quick starter in the VIP lounge, the Classic Smash from Smashburger was a nice addition the the VIP perks. I won’t dwell too long as it wasn’t a serious part of the competition. Juicy, beefy, well-proportioned…and I moved on.

Park Burger, Inferno:
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As the first competition burger I tried this night, the burg was hot, beefy, cheesy, and not overly spicy, like last year’s TAG Burger entry. A good offering; in my top 5. However I wouldn’t wager to say this was incredible. But good. Park is my neighborhood go-to burger place after a rough day at the office, and I’m proud of what they put out.

Euclid Hall, Euclidian Burger:
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I was not crazy about this burger. The duck fat had a game-y flavor I just couldn’t get behind. Also; very strong garlic flavor which was distracting.

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Ophelia, Brothel Burger:
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This burger was very salty. I could definitely taste the soy in the Korean BBQ, and I didn’t love it. The pretzel bun wasn’t very helpful in complementing things. I quickly decided I wasn’t coming back for seconds.

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Kobe An, American Kobe Ramen Slider:
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Besides a less-than-functional ramen bun, this burger was surprisingly great. It was a rare, beefy, tangy, savory mess! It wasn’t as cheesy as I hoped, but the Asian style greens and glaze worked well with the beef. Definitely needed to come back to this one for the second round.

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The Nickel, 7X Waygu Beef Burger:
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It took me awhile to find the bone marrow in the aioli, which means it was a rare, beefy patty. Once I found the aioli, it was unmistakable. I loved the great dark flavors in this burger. Easily in my top 5, I will definitely have to visit the Nickel to have a full serving of this.

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Crave Real Burgers, Jamaican Me Crazy:
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I’m a true underdog supporter, and after Crave’s showing last year, I was hoping for something a bit more modest from them. This year’s offering was very sweet, which I didn’t love. I tasted more pork than beef, which should just not happen on a beef cheeseburger. Overall, ok but not great.

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TAG Burger Bar, Truffle Shuffle:
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TAG, you have done a disgraceful thing. You duped the masses into believing truffle oil makes a good burger; I hope you’re proud of what you’ve done! It’s like bringing a gun to a knife fight. The Truffle Shuffle is a shameful way to win the People’s Choice Award. The Truffle Shuffle is overdone and it’s all your fault!

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Highland Tap and Burger, Lohi Luau:
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Very similar to Crave’s offering, but a little milder. I did enjoy a few crunchy bites of the slaw. Ok, but not great.

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Acorn, Oak Grilled Double Cheese Burger:
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Acorn decided to use the same burger from last year after last year’s strong showing. I can understand the thought, but it’s a bold move. This burger had a nice charcoal-y flavor, reminiscent of summertime, with good proportions. Plainly a good burger, but not an award winner.

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El Toro the Tot, The Toro:

The burger I got from El Toro was woefully overcooked. I did like the savory sauce, but the overcooked patty was not going to drive me back for more. I’m surprised it made it into the Judges’ top 3 with inconsistency like this.

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Squeaky Bean, Green Chile Cheeseburger:
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This was, without question, my favorite burger of the night. It was deliciously beefy with a wonderful cascade of melty cheese. The bun was so soft that I could have taken a nap! The green chile offered a very “Colorado” flavor with mild spiciness that made me want to come back for more all night long.

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Chop Shop, Bacon Wrapped “Meatloaf” Burger:
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Ben has reviewed Chop Shop before, and noted that it wasn’t very memorable. I agree here. I do remember not liking how sweet this burger was, which is the only memorable note.

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D Bar, D Bar:
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D Bar was all about burger memorabilia and paraphernalia. Cakes, cupcakes, napkins, everything! I wish they had focused a bit more on the actual burger. The flavors weren’t bad, but this patty was SO DENSE. There were good cheese proportions, but it wasn’t noteworthy.

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Fun DBB 2015 Photos:

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This entry was written by nathancjorgensen and published on August 25, 2015 at 9:59 pm. It’s filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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