1. Drifter’s Hamburgers

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Burger aficionados sing the praises of Drifter’s Hamburgers‘ simple and straightforward classic burger. The focus here is solely on top quality burgers, fries and shakes. Drifter’s promises “a fast food hamburger that could compete with any $20.00 hamburger in the nation” and it delivers. The burgers are made with locally processed beef, free of added hormones or antibiotics, house-made burger sauce and fresh toppings. It’s a recipe for success; Drifter’s was voted the Best Cheeseburger in Colorado Springs in a Fox News Poll. Opt for the 1/3 pound double cheeseburger, or go big with the 2/3 pound Big Island Burger served with house sauce, lettuce, tomato and raw or fried onions. 1485 Jamboree Dr.

2. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

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Have it your way at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, one of 28 locations in five states. You’ll find a burger menu featuring more than a dozen options from the classic All American Burger with lettuce, tomato and red onion to more adventurous creations like the Magic Mushroom Burger with sautéed morel, chanterelle, shiitake and oyster mushrooms, Swiss cheese, truffle aioli and arugula. Creative types can choose from a menu of artisan toppings on the create-your-own menu. Choose from plenty of tasty starters and sides like nachos, wings, steakhouse onion rings, tater tots and hand-cut fries. 1765 Briargate Pkwy.

3. Crave Real Burgers

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Head to Crave Real Burgers, one of three Colorado locations, for some truly innovative burger cuisine. Chef Jeff Richard trained at the Culinary Institute and worked with Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans. His luscious burger menu is so extensive, it’s presented in three categories: ” Favorites” include the aptly named Love Stinks (garlic cream cheese, onion strings, candied bacon, roasted red pepper, onion, garlic mayo, and red pepper aioli) and the Flaming Tiki (grilled pineapple, cilantro, jalapeño,habanero mayo, guacamole, and pepper jack). Stick with the”Classics” like the Plain Jane (lettuce, tomato, onion); or take a walk on the wild side with “Adventures” such as the Luther, served on two glazed donuts, or the Dim Sum Daffy, a 6 ounce duck patty with ginger cream cheese. Trendy starters include shishitos–blistered Asian sweet chiles– and parmesan dusted artichokes with red pepper aioli. 7465 N. Academy Blvd.

4. Smashburger

Briargate’s newest burger joint is the ever-popular Smashburger, just opened Fall 2018. Craft your own Smashburger—named for the technique of smashing a fresh hand-packed meatball on a hot grill. Start with your choice of bun (classic, multi-grain, pretzel, chipotle or gluten-free), add Swiss, cheddar, American or pepper jack cheese, toppings and extras like avocado, Applewood smoked bacon or a fried egg.  Don’t miss the signature sides: Smashfries or Smashtots, tossed in rosemary, garlic and olive oil, and the crispy Brussels sprouts. Top it off with the incredible milkshakes, made with premium Haagen Dazs . 9290 Highland Ridge Heights.

5. Culver’s

At Culver’s, you’ll find old-fashioned, friendly service and their amazing Butterburger. The original Culver’s opened in Wisconsin back in 1984, offering their signature combination: Culver’s made-to-order burgers—served up on a buttered, toasted roll–and fresh frozen custard. Order a single, double or triple burger and top it off with real Wisconsin cheddar. Add a side of made-to-order crinkle fries and fried Wisconsin cheese curds. 7660 N. Academy Blvd.

6. Ted’s Montana Grill

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At Ted’s Montana Grill, you’ll have your choice of certified Angus beef or freshly ground all-natural bison. Can’t decide? Go with the Delicious Duo, two 3 ounce burgers (beef and bison). Go keto or low carb with the bunless Skinny Dip, served on kale salad, or go all-out with the Knife-and-Fork Chili Cheese with pepper jack, cheddar, bison chili, jalapeno and red onion on a ciabatta roll. Ted’s Montana Grill has an extensive beer, wine and cocktail selection and a full menu of poultry, seafood and steaks. 1685 Briargate Pkwy.