Green Chili Burgers, for some here in Albuquerque, can be a religious experience. At very least, everyone has an opinion of where to find the best Chili Burger. I think I create the best Chili Burger of course, but they are not available commercially and this isn’t about me. I’m not writing just another Green Chili Cheeseburger post, (you can read up on this New Mexico delicacy in my previous post, and get MY recipe), but rather - I am needing to tell all you food lovers and chiliheads out there that New Mexico takes it’s own invention, a burger with chili on it, very, very seriously – so seriously that our state Tourism Department has created the New Mexico Green Chili Cheeseburger Trail. Personally, I think it should be called the Chili Cheeseburger Trail – in deference to those of us who prefer red chili on our burgers, but no one from that Tourism department asked for my opinion. Too bad for them.
A Green Chili Cheeseburger has to have:
bun or tortilla – ground beef patty – any type of cheese – green chili. You can have any other kind of garnish, but the more popular ones are, tomato, onion, lettuce, avocado, and even black olives as on the Famous Jemez Burger. You may see variations, like a portabella mushroom or veggie patty in place of the beef patty, but I think that is just sacrilege. Just NOT right.
Getting back to the opinions on Green Chili Cheeseburgers, everyone has their favorites, all over the state. Some of the burger havens are hole-in-the-walls, like the Monte Carlo Steakhouse, behind a liquor store on Albuquerque’s west Central Ave, (Rt 66), and Home of the Laguna Burger inside a mini supermarket on the Pueblo of Laguna, near Grants. Some Chili cheeseburger haunts are local chains, like Bob’s Burgers and Blake’s Lotta Burger, New Mexico Favorites – never pre-made – fast food joints. Every New Mexican Food restaurant has a green chili burger on the menu, without exception, and even national chains like Wendy’s, Burger King and Mickey D’s has green chili as a side order. It is an unwritten law in the Land of Enchantment.
Every year during our New Mexico State Fair there is a burger cook off (the Governor’s Green Chili Cheeseburger Challenge) so if you are in town during the State Fair, that is a fun thing to do. But no matter when you come to New Mexico or what part of the state you are visiting, you can enjoy the state’s most famous culinary delight. The map below will show that I’m not kidding about the whole state serving up the Green Chili Cheeseburgers, because if a road goes there – there will be a green Chili burger when you get there, no matter where you end up (as long as there are people there). A click on the map below will take you to the State’s full size interactive map and downloadable files. You may also find the list of nominees of all the best burger joints New Mexico has to offer up. Muy Bueno!!!
If you are staying with us at our Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast, we will be happy to print these for you when you arrive. If you come to New Mexico and don’t have a chili burger tyou will be missing out on a true New Mexico Experience. Happy Trails to You!
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