• Jeremy Papasso

    Larkburger uses fancypants ingredients for some high-end fast burgers.


    Order up at Rueben s Burger Bistro.



For those out there who don’t like burgers, it’s a damn shame.

(OK, fine vegetarians, vegans, etc., you’re off the hook.)

For all those burger snobs out there, a nice, big juicy, gourmet burger for a reasonable price can be hard to find. But Boulder’s got ’em. (Granted, a double cheeseburger from McDonald’s is only a buck, but come on, it’s far from gourmet.)

Here are some fabulous restaurants in town that serve up delicious burgers, ranging from cheap to fancy to just plain old tasty.

Mountain Sun

1535 Pearl St.


Kitchen: 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday

The Mountain Sun is not just famous for its delicious craft beers.

The juicy 1/3-pound burgers are pretty damn good and are made with all-natural, vegetarian-fed Colorado beef.

Try the Basil Blue Burger with blue cheese crumbles and basil blended into a dressing, then poured on the burger and garnished with a fresh basil leaf.

Or the famous Junk Burger with bacon, cheese, sautéed mushrooms and onions, roasted garlic mayo.

Just make sure to bring cash — credit cards aren’t accepted.

The Sink

1165 13th St.


Kitchen: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

The Sink boasts it’s a “Boulder burger institution,” and being around since 1923, it sure is.

With more than 10 burger choices, the meat is made with Colorado-raised, 100-percent grass-fed beef. The famous Sink burger is a must-have — a grilled all-natural burger, served with Sink hickory sauce.

Always a University of Colorado student favorite, the restaurant atmosphere is unique, plus, CU dropout Robert Redford was once the janitor. Oh, and President Barack Obama ate there and signed the wall. Neat.

Dark Horse

2922 Baseline Road


Kitchen: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

The Dark Horse’s burger prices are unbeatable.

They know how to feed you starving students. In fact, get the “Starving Student Meal” — a burger, fries and a beer for only $5.40, with tax. Beat that.

Eating in the restaurant is entertaining, as it houses the most eclectic environment in Boulder.

Check out the Jiffy Burger, too, with peanut butter, bacon and provolone cheese. Um. Yum?


2525 Arapahoe Ave.


11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Larkburger is a fast spot to get a gourmet Black Angus beef burger with hand-cut fries.

The eatery uses 100-percent natural ingredients, make all sauces and dressings in-house and hand forms the patties that are cooked to order.

Try the Truffle Burger, cooked with truffle aioli. Or the truffle and parmesan fries. YES.

Plus, order a sandwich and get the Student Special — a free fountain drink.

Rueben’s Burger Bistro

1800 N. Broadway St.


Kitchen: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday; 11:30 a.m.-close Thursday-Saturday

This European-style burger bistro took its favorite things about France and Belgium, threw burgers in the mix and turned into a very unique bistro in Boulder.

The half-pound, all-natural burgers are served on a signature pretzel bun (or cracked wheat or gluten free) and have 15 different combinations.

Try Vuelta, which is a burger stuffed with mozzarella and pancetta, ponzu aioli, crisp onion rings and butter lettuce.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

1143 13th St.


11 a.m.-10 p.m. every day

Want burgers and fries? In a hurry? This spot, relatively new to the Hill, will get you what you need in short order. The Five Guys chain is popular throughout the country, and CU students sure seem to get to know the place toward the end of last year. Bonus: It’s right next to the Fox Theatre so you can chow down pre-show.

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