Green Chile Cheeseburgers

In the Land of Enchantment, the ubiquitous green chile cheeseburger can be found in restaurants, drive-ins, diners, dives, joints, cafes, roadside stands and bowling alleys.  It’s the centerpiece of many a party and social function.  It’s our favorite fast, casual food.  The list below includes my very favorite green chile cheeseburgers, some of which are not on the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, but all of which are visit worthy.  By clicking on the name of the restaurant for which you wish to know my opinion, you will be magically transported directly to my review of that restaurant.

Sparky’s Burgers, Barbecue & Espresso
Hatch New Mexico Magazine‘s “best eats” award winner for 2011 denoting the state’s best green chile cheeseburger.  Most piquant green chile of any green chile cheeseburger on this list.  A no frills burger for which the chile is grown just minutes away.
Santa Fe Bite Santa Fe New Mexico’s most widely recognized and highly acclaimed green chile cheeseburger.  Eight ounces of beef as delicious as any premium steak you’ll find anywhere.  Formerly the Bobcat Bite, by any other name this eatery is exceptional.  So is the green chile cheeseburger.
Rockin’ BZ Burgers Alamogordo Winner of the 2012 Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge at the New Mexico State Fair, Rockin’ BZ’s “The Champ” is just one of many reasons to visit the desert hamlet of Alamogordo. Outstanding green chile cheeseburgers aren’t solely the domain of Northern New Mexico.
Counter Culture Cafe
Santa Fe
Several years ago, we discovered one of the three or four best burgers (the Ambrosiaburger) we’ve ever had at a Big Sur restaurant named Nepenthe.  The Counter Culture comes closest of any New Mexican restaurant to duplicate that magic.  Better still, you can have it with green chile.
Monte Carlo Steakhouse Albuquerque As with the aforementioned Santa Fe Bite what makes this green chile cheeseburger stand out is the beef, a full third-pound of glorious steak ground into a moist, delicious burger patty.  This is Albuquerque’s very best, an exemplar of quality and deliciousness.
The Owl Bar & Cafe  San Antonio One of the top ten burgers in America according to  Likely inventor of the green chile cheeseburger, serving it since 1945.  Double-meat, double-cheese, double-green chile is the best.  Seventy years of experience making it is really telling.
Blades Bistro Placitas This burger emphasizes beef as in eight to ten ounces of Angus reserve beef, a moist, juicy and delicious beef with the inimitable flavor of steak. Chef Kevin Blades is a seafood savant who can prepare anything well.  At the 6300 foot altitude of Placitas, this burger tastes even better.
The Buckhorn Tavern  San Antonio
 Rated America’s seventh best burger by GQ Magazine.  Charismatic proprietor Bobby Olguin won green chile cheeseburger throwdown over Food Network glitterati Bobby Flay.  He parlayed that win into a short-lived television show, but it wasn’t as big a hit as his burgers.
El Farolito  El Rito
 Featured on Gourmet Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Rand McNally‘s “best of the road” and many other publications.  Charming setting in bucolic village draws in guests from throughout the world to this cash-only Lilliputian establishment where the green chile cheeseburger reigns supreme.
Sugar’s BBQ & Burgers  Embudo One of America’s top ten drive-ins according to Gourmet Magazine serves one of New Mexico’s very best green chile cheeseburger as well as some of the best barbecue in the state.  The drive through the snaking highway is spectacular.  So is this burger.
 Benny’s Mexican Kitchen
 Bosque Farms
New Mexico’s best green chile cheeseburger according to Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine.  The “Benny King” burger marries green chile and guacamole in an incomparable manner.  You’ll want to wash it down with the best milk shake in the Albuquerque area.
 The Frontier Restaurant
The Adam Bonanza (named for Man Vs. Food Nation host Adam Richman) is a double meat, double American cheese, double green chile, double bacon extravaganza.  A single Bonanza exists on the menu, but why have a single when two is better.
Bode’s General Mercandise Deli & Bakery
Saveur wrote “Bode’s may make the world’s best cheeseburger: a half pound of ground steak smothered in fresh New Mexico green chiles.”
 El Parasol
Española Quite possibly the best green chile cheeseburger in Rio Arriba county.  Green chile actually bites back.  Best with double meat, double cheese.
 Home of the Laguna Burger
 Albuquerque Cooked to order from 100 percent, never frozen ground beef (an 80/20 blend), it is a half-pound of pure deliciousness.  Three locations of burger greatness.
 Rex’s Hamburgers
 Albuquerque  85 percent lean and 15 percent fat, the time-tested optimum balance for optimum flavor.  Real meat, never frozen, formed into a ball and flattened on the griddle with a spatula then allowed to cook slowly to retain the beef’s natural juiciness
 Harry’s Roadhouse
 Santa Fe
Harry’s has such a vast and diverse menu that it’s not known for its green chile cheeseburger, but perhaps it should be.  It’s one of the very best in Santa Fe.
 Five Star Burgers
 Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque
 All natural, antibiotic free 100 percent Angus beef fresh ground daily and char-grilled to order with an intriguing selection of condiments to adorn each burger.
Spinn’s Burgers & Beer Albuquerque Third-pound of fresh ground Angus beef that’s never been frozen cooked medium-well unless otherwise requested, it’s a multi-napkin mound of juiciness and flavor.
Perea’s Tijuana Bar & Restaurant Corrales Charming old-world New Mexican restaurant crafts one of the very best burgers in the metropolitan Duke City area, a juicy behemoth with pleasantly piquant green chile.

6 Comments on “Green Chile Cheeseburgers”

  1. In Albuquerque, the Rustic is a relatively new place located in Green Jeans Farmery on the North side of I-40 at Carlisle definitely deserves a look. The Day of the Dead burger with diablo puree is spectacular.

    1. When we go to Green Jeans, the burgers and fries from Rustic look SO GOOD. We keep telling ourselves we’ll try it next time, but keep opting for Bocadillo’s instead…not a consolation prize by any means!

  2. I assure you, Bill, that excluding the Santa Fe Bite is an oversight. As with its predecessor, the Santa Fe Bite belongs on any pantheon of New Mexico’s very best green chile cheeseburgers.

  3. Hi Gil,

    As my Sweetie and I will be spending October in Santa Fe, I am preparing by going over your fantastic website reading your reviews. Is there somewhere new in the Land of Enchantment that I want to try? I appreciate that you have listed your highest rated restaurants by category. I had not seen that before, and it will help us choose where to dine (in addition to The Shed, Santa Fe Bite, Rancho Chimayo, El Farolito, etc….)

    I went over your GCCB list and noted that I have eaten cheeseburgers at 9 of those locations. I see there are several more to check out.

    However—where is Santa Fe Bite? As you say in your review, it is a wonderful burger. It seems like it should be on your list by your own standards.

    1. Bill,
      Santa Fe Bite is the reincarnation of the famous Bob Cat Bite.
      After a dispute with their landlords and also finding out that they didn’t own the name Bob Cat Bite they moved to a new location and changed their name. Same great burgers new name and new location.
      Same large crowds enjoying the famous burgers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.