Best Buffalo Burger in Colorado (2017)


The open plains of Colorado are dotted with herds of American bison, commonly known as American buffalo. With meat leaner than beef, buffalo has become a popular alternative, appearing on burger menus across the state.

  • The Buckhorn Exchange

    The Buckhorn Exchange

    Any of the half dozen burgers on the menu at The Buckhorn Exchange in Denver can be made with fresh buffalo meat, including the Mexican, which comes with guacamole, green chile and Monterey jack cheese, or the Big Bleu with blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms.
    Photo courtesy of The Buckhorn Exchange

  • The Wines of Colorado

    The Wines of Colorado

    The Colorado Buffalo Burger from The Wines of Colorado in the town of Cascade comes topped with caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms and green chiles, with a choice of roasted red potatoes, baked beans or coleslaw on the side.
    Photo courtesy of The Wines of Colorado

  • Grind

    Glenwood Springs

    The Grind in Glenwood Springs has two buffalo burgers on their menu. The SXSW comes with lettuce, pico de gallo, jalapeños, avocado mash, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo, while the Will Cody is topped with lettuce, bacon, fried jalapeños, KC BBQ sauce, green chili sour cream and American cheese. 
    Photo courtesy of Grind

  • 520 Grill

    520 Grill

    Diners at 520 Grill in Aspen can choose all-natural, grass-fed Bison as a meat option for their burger. Fresh, never frozen bison meat is sourced from ranches in Wyoming and Montana and is often included in a special, like the Buffalo Bill Burger with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and house sauce, or the BBQ Buffalo Bill Burger with the addition of onion rings and BBQ sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Margo Wolfe / 520 Grill

  • Dillon Dam Brewery

    Dillon Dam Brewery

    Any of the half dozen signature burgers on the menu at Dillon Dam Brewery can be made with buffalo instead of beef, or diners can choose to build their own buffalo burger with topping options like smoked ghost pepper cheese, candied jalapeños or tomato basil pesto.
    Photo courtesy of Dillon Dam Brewery

  • Rueben's Burger Bistro

    Rueben's Burger Bistro

    The Sprocket from Rueben's Burger Bistro in Boulder starts with a half pound, hand-formed buffalo patty that hits the grill and gets topped with sautéed onions, American cheese and a tangy fry sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Rueben's Burger Bistro

  • Back Door Grill

    Back Door Grill
    Steamboat Springs

    Hungry diners in Steamboat Springs hoping to try some buffalo will find it on the menu at the Back Door Grill in the form of a classic cheeseburger that can be customized with a range of toppings, including fried pickles, onion rings, a fried egg or even peanut butter.
    Photo courtesy of Back Door Grill / Facebook

  • The Keg Lounge

    The Keg Lounge
    Manitou Springs

    The Keg Lounge in Manitou Springs serves their grilled buffalo burger with lettuce, red onions and pickles on the side, alongside a portion of kettle-cooked potato chips. Tomato and mayo are also available upon request.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Crave Real Burgers

    Crave Real Burgers
    Multiple Locations

    The buffalo burger from Crave Real Burgers is called the Campfire, and it comes topped with raspberry barbecue sauce, crispy poblano rings, pepper jack cheese and coffee-dusted onion strings. Any burger on the Crave menu can be made with a buffalo patty instead.
    Photo courtesy of Kim Singdahlsen / Flickr

  • Empire Burger

    Empire Burger

    For a small extra charge, diners can sub a buffalo patty for any of the burgers on the menu at Empire Burger in Breckenridge. Interesting options include the Kona Burger with Swiss, ham, pineapple and firecracker sauce, and the Green Chile Cheeseburger topped with pepper jack cheese and roasted green chile.
    Photo courtesy of Liam Doran / Empire Burger

10Best and Sandwich America are looking for the best buffalo burger in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces with a local Colorado food writer and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the state. For the past four weeks, USA TODAY and 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorites. It was a close race, but the results are in!

The top 10 winners in the category Best Buffalo Burger in Colorado are as follows:

  1. The Buckhorn Exchange - Denver
  2. The Wines of Colorado - Cascade
  3. Grind - Glenwood Springs
  4. 520 Grill - Aspen
  5. Dillon Dam Brewery - Dillon
  6. Rueben's Burger Bistro - Boulder
  7. Back Door Grill - Steamboat Springs
  8. The Keg Lounge - Manitou Springs
  9. Crave Real Burgers - Multiple Locations
  10. Empire Burger - Breckenridge

Congratulations to all these winning burger joints!

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