Five Star Burgers
2330 E Arapahoe Rd, Centennial CO 80122 (map); 303-795-8181; 5starburgers.com
Cooking Method: Griddled
Short Order: Great beef flavor, locally baked buns, and interesting toppings = mouthwatering
Want Fries with That? Regular or sweet potato fries worth getting just for the side of green chili mayo
Price: Green Chile Cheeseburger, $8.75
Notes: Try the lamb burger!
In my recent quest to find Denver's greatest burger, I stumbled upon Five Star Burgers, a small burger chain originally from New Mexico that opened a few weeks ago in Centennial.
They grind Harris Ranch beef on location, hand form it into half-pound patties, and cook it how you want it. I asked for my Green Chile Cheeseburger (not pictured; it was in my stomach before I remembered to snap a photo) to be medium-rare, but got something closer to medium. While I'd generally be in dismay, my burger was still pleasantly juicy and pink, leading to several moments of me closing my eyes and whispering praise for the burger.
Five Star uses a soft but sturdy brioche bun that is baked locally using their own recipe. The ratio to meat and cheese was perfect, and the bottom of the bun held up well to the juicy, flavorful beef.
My burger came with chopped hatch green chilis under the well-melted pepper jack cheese, along with a wonderful spread of housemade green chili mayo that I was tempted to eat with a spoon straight from the dish. (The green chili mayo also comes with the fries. The manager told me the recipe is not a secret, so I might go back just to get it from him.)
My partners-in-gorging enjoyed the 5-Star Burger, a flavorful monster with bacon and gorgonzola. Another interesting topping is a lightly fried, almost sweet green chilli, which also comes on the Taos and Portabella burgers.
The manager also brought us a sample of the lamb burger. I would never order lamb, but this puppy was cooked medium-rare and came with a tzatziki spread and cucumber. Against my initial perception of a lamb burger, it quickly rocketed to a very high position among our table. It was glorious.
Overall, Five Star Burgers hit the mark. Although my burger was a bit overcooked and some toppings were better than others, the burgers stood up to my standards. I'll be back. —Ben Haley
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