Among other things, Independence Day is a time to celebrate two buns warmly embracing a grilled beef patty. If you're sticking in and around Denver for the holiday, go wild with these four cool takes on the American classic.
1. At Table 6, chef Mike Winston gives the bacon burger a reason to shine on his new summer menu. See: Brie and black garlic, and the real star of the compilation, a reduced balsamic and brown sugar three-mushroom jam, all paired with hunky steak fries.
2. Blackbelly Butcher is now slicing in Boulder, and for the Fourth, butcher Nate Singer is offering a take-home Griller Package: Two pounds of ground beef, two pounds of house sausage, a marinated half chicken, and one quart of Blackbelly's Pesto Macaroni Salad ($65).
3. Fort Collins Brewery's Modern Tavern will launch its counter-service burger bar on July Fourth. Beef, lamb, turkey, buffalo, or black bean patty creations will be available, along with sides, shakes and floats, as well as the brewery's regular beer lineup.
4. Someone slinging burgers in Denver this weekend had to capitalize on Hillary's visit Tuesday, Trump's visit tomorrow, and also America's favorite holiday. Del Frisco's Grille in Cherry Creek branded two of theirs in honor of the presidential candidates. "The Donald" is a well-done prime beef patty with aged cheddar cheese, heirloom tomato, and Bibb lettuce on a gold leaf bun, served with a garnish of a "teeny, tiny little pickle (wink, wink)," according to a press release. As for Hillary? "That’s classified information – Grille guests must email 'Hillary burger?' to TheHillary@dfrg.com to receive burger details. But, we have it on good authority that her favorite meat is lamb. Might as well enjoy a couple classic American burgers before moving to Canada." So there you have it.