It's always fun to try something new! If you have never tried bison meat, then a bison burger is a great place to start when it comes to exotic meats. It tastes similar to beef or venison, so your taste buds will be pleased. Bison burgers are more popular than you might think in Denver restaurants; here are five places to try one.
With a rustic, country setting and live music, Appaloosa Grill always makes for a toe-tapping good time. They offer a half-pound bison burger, served with house ketchup on a buttered and toasted brioche bun. Add your choice of cheese, or customize your burger with extras like jalapenos, bacon, or avocado. Appaloosa Grill also offers online ordering through Eat 24.
At Ted's, you can order a variety of specialty bison burgers, like the Canyon Creek, which comes topped with cheddar, bacon, jalapeno, blackberry jam and egg. They even offer bison nachos and bison meatloaf if you're not in the mood for a burger. The restaurant is dedicated to sustainability and they help to preserve bison herds in the American West.
My Brother' Bar is the oldest saloon in Denver, dating back to 1873. It recently changed hands, but by all accounts, the food is just as great. It's a small local bar with its own sort of charm. The bison burger comes with jalapeno cream cheese, and guests also love the onion ring and fries combo as a side. They often have live music on the weekends.
With a classic, brew-pub atmosphere, Hop Doddy focuses on burgers and beer. They make their own bread, grind their own meat and aim to buy from local purveyors as much as possible. Their bison burger is juicy and delicious, and it's served with truffle fries with a truffle aioli for dipping. For classic appeal, pair your burger with a milkshake — or stick with one of their many local craft beers.
The Cherry Cricket has appeared on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and guests love their friendly, neighborhood vibe. Their chef, Daniel Ramirez, got his start in Italy, and he brings a European flair to many dishes. They offer a third-pound Colorado Bison Burger, which you can top with anything you want — from peanut butter, to green chiles, to fried onions. They even offer gluten-free buns. Don't forget to pair your burger with a delicious side, like the Angry Mac & Cheese or the Spanish rice.
So, Springs residents, have you tried a bison burger before? What did you think? If you have any other recommendations for Denver restaurants serving this local favorite, let us know in the comments section below.