The battle rages on: Who makes the best burger in Colorado?

The 2018 Denver Burger Battle, takes place on Thursday, August 2, in Tivoli Quad Park at the Auraria Campus. Team Player Productions presents this protein-based showdown with one simple goal: to determine who makes the best burger in Colorado.

A team of burger experts and enthusiasts carefully vet and hand select each competitor, so guests have the chance to taste and vote from an impressive, curated bracket of independently owned restaurants. Defending champions include Stoic & Genuine, the 2017 people’s choice winner, and Stanley Beer Hall, who is the 2017 judge’s choice award winner.

Other returning competitors include:

The 2018 Denver Burger Battle also features some “fresh meat” for the people and judges to inspect with first-time competitors:

Drooling over all the bites.

There are several ticket options available with general admission for $69.00, which grants guests entry at 6:30 p.m., three hours of unlimited burger sampling from 20 restaurants; beer, wine, and cocktail tastings; and live music. Early access tickets, for $89.00, includes all the same offerings of general admission, but with entry at 5:30 p.m. VIP burger enthusiasts can start at 5:00 p.m., and enjoy an exclusive VIP lounge with seating, a premium complimentary bar, and are welcome to taste the very first burgers hot off the grill. Find all tickets online at denverburgerbattle.com.

“This event was created seven years ago, with the goal of determining who in this city could make a damn good burger,” says Jason Ornstein, Burger Battle director . “I never imagined it would evolve to become the premier burger contest not only in the state, but arguably in the country.”

*All images courtesy of Denver Burger Battle