Denver is a burger-loving town and we have had a torrid five-year love affair with our homegrown crazy, creative burger joint, Crave Real Burgers. Since opening their first Crave in Castle Rock in 2010, Owners Jeff and Jeryn Richard sold their one-millionth burger on July 16 and plan to open their fourth location in early October.
Why do we crave Crave?
Crave Real Burgers are unlike any you’ve likely tried. Hand-formed patties of 100-percent local Colorado ground chuck serve as the base for some truly wacky, creative, and delicious flavor combinations. These enormous creations are stacked high with everything from pulled pork to peanut butter, and even a hot dog.
The combinations may sound nutty and the burgers are near impossible to get your mouth around but the resulting flavors and textures work together perfectly. The Luther (named for R&B legend Luther Vandross) is a must-try for any adventurous burger lover. In lieu of a bun, the Luther is stuffed between two full-sized glazed donuts and topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, onions, and a fried egg.
Crave Real Burgers have made it on dozens of “Best Burger” lists, locally and nationally, since they opened. The annual Denver Burger Battle is the ultimate burger showdown, where chefs bring the burger A-game and battle it out for the ultimate prize and coveted title of Best Burger in Denver.
In 2012, Crave earned top prize from the people for its Wise Guy Burger topped with mozzarella, prosciutto, fresh basil, tomato, and onion, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and oil. In 2014, they swept the entire competition, winning both Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice Awards with the Love Stinks Burger, smeared with a roasted garlic cream cheese then topped with garlic, onion, roasted red pepper, red pepper aïoli, and a whole heap of bacon.
Crave’s new LoDo location
The newest Crave Real Burgers location, scheduled to open in early October, will be Crave’s new flagship location. They are taking over the space that once housed Provisions Chophouse and Drinkery, T|ACO, and 8 Rivers Café, at 1550 Blake Street. Larger than their other locations, Crave LoDo will take up 2,500 square feet and include an outdoor patio. In addition to the local Colorado craft beer offered at all locations, this new spot will also offer a larger wine selection and a full bar with crafted cocktails.
By Elizabeth Woessner | Online Editor