Top Burger Restaurants In Steamboat Springs
Published on 01/31/2019 by Brad Luth
A burger and fries — there is hardly a more classic duo! You can even throw in a milkshake, too, or a beer if you’re feeling froggy. But this dynamic duo is certainly hard to beat, and many visitors are surprised to find that the mountains offer some of the best burgers in the nation—but don’t take our word for it!
Whether you’re looking to fuel your family before hitting the slopes or you need a great place to unwind after a busy day of mountain adventures, check out these top spots in Steamboat Springs for a piping hot, classic burger. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
Back Door Grill
825 Oak St, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 871-7888
“Where the locals eat”—that’s the mantra of Back Door Grill. And, as Steamboat Springs locals, we can vouch for this claim. This cozy burger joint focuses on fresh, local ingredients and bold flavors. They don’t overcomplicate the classics; rather, Back Door is known for killer burgers and freshly prepared fries that keep guests coming back time and time again. The ‘old school’ burgers are perfect for visitors craving a classic while the ‘new school’ menu is ideal for the adventurous. PS – Back Door Grill delievers!
Top Picks: Classic double cheeseburger – served on a potato bun with American cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle. Dirty Harry – peanut butter, fried egg, bacon, hash brown, cheddar, served on a glazed donut with powdered sugar.
Big House Burgers
2093 Curve Plaza # 101, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 870-8500
Craving a big burger packed with big flavor? If so, Big House Burgers has just what the doctor ordered. The first step to building your dream burger is to pick your base—certified Angus beef, bison, or the vegetarian black bean patty. From there, select one of the signature burger concoctions, like the Classic All American, which comes with house mayo and American cheese. Or, design your own creation with the over 30 house-made toppings. Finish off your dish with your choice of either shoestring fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries, or a side salad.
Top Picks: T.G.I.F.E. – sriracha mayo, fried egg, sauteed onions, smoked bacon, queso, pico.
Old Town Pub
600 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 879-2101
Nestled in a former historic Steamboat Springs hotel, the recently renovated Old Town Pub oozes charm. The mouthwatering menu offers everything from bold appetizers and entrees to lighter items like salads, soups, and sandwiches. However, the house burgers are what keep guests coming back for more. Each 6oz patty is grilled to your preferred temperature and served on a fresh brioche bun with your choice of toppings. Enjoy the house fries as a side or upgrade to the sweet potato waffle fries, pretzel bites with cheese, or the famous house mac and cheese. Simple diner classics, that’s what Old Town Pub does best!
Top Picks: McDowells – American cheese, 1,000 island dressing, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle.
700 Yampa St, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 761-2060
The warm cabin surroundings and upscale whiskey selection makes Carl’s more than just your run-of-the-mill tavern. This eclectic burger joint brings a touch of class to greasy, delicious comfort food. The tavern menu features a variety of comfort classics, but the burgers most definitely steal the show. Each patty is hand-pressed in-house with 100% Kobe beef. The ‘tavern’ burger is perfect for purists, while the other 5 selections offer more creative combinations for the adventurous. Kick back, order a tasty adult beverage, and enjoy the grown-up burgers at Carl’s Tavern.
Top Pick: Punisher – goat cheese, roasted jalapeno, tobacco onions, ‘steal your face’ sauce
Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill
435 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 879-3773
Craving a burger and a brew? You can get just that, and so much more, at Mahogany Ridge Brewery. This Steamboat staple features award-winning fare and is a favorite among beer and burgers lovers alike. The surprising menu offers everything from red curry mussels and southwestern shrimp and grits to Caribbean jerk spiced duck breast and, of course, gourmet burgers. Each burger at Mahogany is chef crafted with high-end local ingredients and pairs perfectly with some of the local brews that are made in house. Curious about the perfect pairing? Just ask the staff!
Top Pick: Emerald Burger – bacon, gorgonzola, basil pesto