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Snarfburger and Cherry Cricket Named Best Burgers in Denver at 2023 Denver Burger Battle

Out of the 20 “beefing” restaurants, Snarfburger and Cherry Cricket took home the coveted trophies sponsored by Society Insurance at last night’s Denver Burger Battle at Auraria Campus. Snarfburger clenched the Judge’s Choice, while Cherry Cricket, the all-time winningest restaurant Denver Burger Battle, was named the People’s Choice award winner.

The Snarfburger Double by Snarfburger was awarded Judge’s Choice by a panel of eight judges that included local TV hosts, food personalities and food entrepreneurs. The Snarfburger Double featured a double beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, mustard, ketchup and hot sauce on a buttery toasted bun.

“We put our trust in our classic Snarfburger and it has yet to fail us,” said Snarfburger Area Manager Khalil Kong-Quee. “Two years ago when we won Judge’s Choice, we saw huge sales increases. People come in chasing the burger from the battle, then become lifelong fans.”

The more than 1,500 attendees crowned the Cricket Royale burger by Cherry Cricket the People’s Choice award winner. The Cricket Royale featured braised short rib, bone marrow, caramelized onions, duxelles, melted cave aged swiss cheese, roasted garlic onion jam, black pepper aioli and crispy onions on a pretzel bun. This is the fourth Denver Burger Battle in a row Cherry Cricket has taken home a trophy.

“Crafting our entry is an incredibly collaborative process – each store presents two burgers back in January, then we whittle down to one finalist burger that we perfect for weeks,” said Cherry Cricket Littleton General Manager Samantha Taxin. “Even though this is the fourth Denver Burger Battle in a row Cherry Cricket has taken home a trophy, winning never gets less exciting or special.”

This year’s participants included:
5280 Burger Bar
Blue Moon Brewery
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Cherry Cricket
Culinary Dropout
Edgewater Beer Garden (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Hickory & Ash (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Illegal Burger
Lucy’s Burger Bar
Mighty Burger (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Next Door Street Bar (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Roadhouse Boulder Depot (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Slater’s 50/50 (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Stanley Beer Hall
Stoic & Genuine
Stoney’s Uptown Joint
Tap & Burger
The Original (new to Denver Burger Battle)
Uptown & Humboldt

Established in 2010, this tasting event includes unlimited samplings of burgers, sides, desserts, beer, wine and cocktails.

A portion of proceeds from the sales of tickets benefited Firefly Autism, a nonprofit that seeks to transform the lives of children with autism.