Bison is more commonly referred to as Buffalo in most parts of the world. Bison meat gained popularity in the ’80s because it is leaner than beef and packed with exotic flavor. Since then, the bison burger has become a favorite for many all across the country.
In the modern-day, chefs are getting creative with these burgers and incorporating new ingredients from all over the world to create delicious bison burgers that fit kings and queens like you. However, most of them still stay true to the wild-west inspiration for their new creations. Here we have compiled a list of the best spots you can enjoy some bison meat in Denver.
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535 16th St (at Welton St) Mall #110, Denver, CO 80202
Appaloosa Grill is popularly known as ‘The Horse.’ Established in 2001, it has made a reputation as the go-to bison dish restaurant in Denver. The establishment prides itself on serving fresh, high-quality meals to its customers. Every bison dish served is made from scratch by the renowned Chef Francisco Quintana, so you can rest assured that every meal is ‘finger-licking good’ – literary. The grill also has a wide selection of savory protein, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu options. Plus, you can enjoy two happy hours every single day of the week.
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TAG Burger Bar
1222 Madison St (at 12th Ave), Denver, CO 80206
TAG Burger bar is the home of burgers in Denver. The spot is named after the owner’s English Bulldog – TAG, and if you’re craving a bison burger, this is where you need to be. The restaurant strives to add a flair to your typical dining by providing an immersive culinary experience that will leave your taste buds asking for more. The dishes are deeply inspired by Chef Troy’s (the owner) life and travel experiences. Their bison burgers are crafted with genuine hospitality using local ingredients to produce worldly flavors.
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Hopdoddy Burger Bar
1747 Wynkoop St (17th Ave and Wynkoop St), Denver, CO 80202
Dine-in during this Covid-19 season can prove to be quite a daunting task. But worry not! You can still get to enjoy an excellent freshly prepared bison burger and get to enjoy it from the comfort of your home. Hopdoddy Bar offers curbside pickups and delivery services, giving you the peace of enjoying your meals without having to worry about the pandemic.
At Hopdoddy, they offer a wide selection of delicious meals that are served in generous portions – more bison for you. If you decide to take your family out for a family dinner, parking should be the least of your worries. The establishment is situated in a location with plenty of parking spaces for you ensuring that you enjoy your meal at ease.
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Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
1215 20th St (Larimer), Denver, CO 80202
In one sentence, Ophelia Electric Soapbox is Denver’s chicest and sexiest spot to enjoy a night out and indulge your taste buds. It is a bar, restaurant, and live music venue widely acclaimed all over Denver and the country.
What could be more fun than enjoying your bison burger when dancing along to your favorite tunes? I guessed so. The meals are prepared by culinary professionals with years of experience on the grill so that your taste buds can enjoy a memorable night out.
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The Buckhorn Exchange
1000 Osage St (at 10th Ave), Denver, CO 80204
In Denver’s original steakhouse, you can be guaranteed a bison meal that you will live to remember. The restaurant is located in the city’s oldest neighborhood and a few minutes drive from downtown Denver. The restaurant is widely acclaimed for its Buffalo, Beef Steaks, Elk, and Baby Back pork. If you feel experimental, you can get an exotic appetizer before world-class chefs prepare your bison meat. Some of the popular appetizers include – rattlesnake and alligator tails. At the Buckhorn, no meal is complete without Rocky Mountain Oysters’ in-house specialty.
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The Cherry Cricket
2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
For absolutely delicious bison burgers, this is the place you need to visit. People from all walks of life love the establishment for its world-class menu items and super-friendly staff. The Cherry Cricket is worth checking out if you want to treat your friends to a delicious burger and cold beer. Since 1945, the establishment has been slinging burgers, good beer, and good times to cherish as life goes by.
Guard and Grace
1801 California St (18th St), Denver, CO 80202
Guard and Grace have been voted the best steakhouse by Westword for seven years. It has also been voted one of the 50 Best Steakhouses in the US by Far & Wide. The restaurant is located in a prominent landmark building in downtown Denver and is named after the chef’s daughter – Grace.
With all those titles under its belt, you can tell that the establishment is committed to providing their customers with nothing but the best, and their bison burgers and steak are to ‘die’ for.
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My Brother’s Bar
2376 15th St (at Platte St), Denver, CO 80202
Last but not least, we have My Brother’s Bar. With two spacious patios, you can be guaranteed to enjoy your meal while enjoying the fantastic Colorado breeze. My Brother’s Bar is one of the oldest bars in Denver, serving fine beer and spirits since 1873. The family-owned Denver classic has a perfect atmosphere and ‘vibes’ to enjoy a carefully crafted bison burger while sipping on a freshly served beer.
The establishment offers a wide selection of burgers, cold meals, hot meals, kid’s meals, and snacks. Even though it is the oldest bar, the environment is pretty serene for customers to enjoy a lunch-out with their families. Nonetheless, the bison burgers at My Brother’s Bar are out of this world.