Although National Cheeseburger Day has come and gone for 2020, it’s always cheeseburger day in Denver, which lays claim to being the birthplace of the meaty marvel: Louis Ballast, owner of the Humpty-Dumpty Barrel Drive-in, trademarked the word “cheeseburger” in 1935.

Today his place is just a memory — and a memorial. But metro Denver is still home to some great cheeseburgers, and Mark Antonation recently served up seven favorites of his list of Best Old-School Burger Joints in Denver.

Readers ate it up in their Facebook comments. Says Chris:

My Brother’s Bar is the real deal.

Comments Adam: 

Grandpa’s, Crown and Cherry Cricket never disappoint.

Responds Calvin: 

Cherry Cricket in Cherry Creek is the bomb.

Adds Paul:

Grandpa’s is a good choice….double cheeseburger…

Notes Shannon:

Yum, Castle.

Beth points out:

Given the impact on our planet, no one should be eating meat these days.

But Joe responds: 

In the middle of a pandemic, is there any comfort food better than a great, greasy cheeseburger? Especially if you don’t have to make it?

And David concludes:

Good list, Westword. Well done, for once.

Well, there were a few quibbles. Bob’s Atomic Burgers in Golden didn’t make the cut; nor did Kuma’s Corner and Slater’s 50/50, two outposts of out-of-state concepts that both recently opened in RiNo.

But most cheeseburger fans agreed with out picks. What’s your favorite old-school cheeseburger? Your favorite burger of any kind in Denver? Post a comment or share your thoughts at editorial@westword.com.

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