Attendees: David Poticha and Christina Schiller we among the attendees at the 10th Annual Burger Battle held on August 5, 2021, at Auraria Campus.

The 10th Annual Denver Burger Battle was held on Thursday, August 5, at Auraria Campus. The Chamber was well represented at this event with members Illegal Burger on hand to compete and BMW Downtown was a sponsor.

This epic battle had one simple goal: determine the Best Burger in Denver. Twenty restaurants across the Denver Metro Area competed and burger fanatics, and an expert panel of judges determined the top burgers of the town.

The judges included Orion Carrington: Actor, Host and Foodie; Patricia Kaowthumrong: 5280 Food Editor; Molly Martin: Westword Food & Drink Editor; Denise Mickelsen: Colorado Restaurant Association Communication Director; Bre Patterson: Author, Writer, Foodie and Blogger; and Ed Sealover: Denver Business Journal Senior Reporter and Author.

The judges choices were as follows: Third place — Death and Co; Second place —Stanley Beer Hall; and First place — Snarfburger. The People’s Choice awards went to: Third place — Stoic and Genuine; Second place — Humboldt Kitchen; and First Place — Cherry Cricket. The Cherry Cricket, based in Cherry Creek North, entered the 720 Jammin Poblano Burger, a burger with pimento cheese, crispy panko roasted poblano, grilled pork belly, and drizzled raspberry jam.

Illegal Burger held its own by making an off-the-menu item, El Don. This special request burger includ

Competitor: Illegal Burger was one of the competitors at the 10th Annual Burger Battle. Jim Nixon (far right), founder of Illegal Burger poses with his staff at their booth on August 5, 2021.

es an all-natural beef patty, charred poblano pepper, battered queso fresco, jalapeño agave glaze, Mexican slaw tossed in chipotle crema all on a toasted B&W sesame brioche bun.

To add to the ambience, there were two bands that went head-to-head on stage. ’80s band Goonies battled ’90s band Blink 90210. Both bands played sets all night long.

Illegal Burger is located in Glendale CitySet at 600 S. Colorado Blvd. For more information, visit