Would you try a limoncello burger? How about one with fancy cheese whiz?

Brittany Anas

Burgers from 20 restaurants will compete for awards at the Denver Burger Battle.Photo byFull Pour Media

By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colorado) Burger lovers with adventurous taste buds: The Denver Burger Battle returns next month, so you’ll have a chance to sample gourmet riffs on the American classic. (Think: burgers with fancy cheese whizz, birria burgers and glazed donuts subbing for buns along with tried-and-true classics).

Burgers from 20 Denver-area restaurants will battle it out on Aug. 3, with chefs looking to settle their beef at the Tivoli Quad, 1000 Larimer St. in Denver. General admission tickets start at $79, with access to unlimited burgers, drinks and cocktail samples opening at 6:30 p.m. Early access and VIP tickets get in earlier if you want to maximize your burger consumption.

The burger competition has a “people’s choice” award and another awarded by the judges. Last year, the burger of the people was Cherry Cricket’s 983 Big Cheesy Burger, which was piled high with accouterments like mac and cheese, crunchy Cheetos and a crispy Poblano.

Last year, Stanley Beer Hall’s peaches n’ cream burger with spiced peach ketchup and grilled Palisade stone fruit won the judge’s choice award. This year, they’re sticking with the fruit trend and putting forth a limoncello burger, with Tonali’s prime rib smothered in limoncello-creamed goat cheese and topped with Meyer lemon preserves and citrus greens.

Other interesting burgers include Illegal Burger’s Birria Burger with a cilantro lime sauce, adobo braised beef, grilled asiago cheese and consomé for dipping, as well as Stoney’s Bar & Grill’s burger with roasted bone marrow. Rooted Craft Kitchen is using Pueblo green chilies for The Colorado Burger.

The battle will bring out new contenders this year, with Next Door Kitchen & Bar serving a French Onion Soup Bistro Burger with French onion soup for dipping. Broomfield’s Hickory & Ash will be slinging a H&A Moomami Burger with raclette whizz and fixins’ like charred Fresno ketchup, dill pickle mayo and beer-braised onions.

Which burgers grab your attention?

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Brittany is a journalist in the Denver metro area with more than two decades of writing and editing experience. She covers travel, restaurants and other lifestyle topics.

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