Iconic Owl Cafe comes in second
One of the most famous burgers in America is the New Mexico green chile cheeseburger. New Mexico didn't invent the burger, but they did improve it by adding whole or chopped green chiles to a traditional cheeseburger, putting this sandwich on the map. So popular is the sandwich that there is an official Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail which will lead you to many versions of this great burger across the state.
Here are the 10 best, according to 10Best, USA TODAY and Sandwich America readers:
- Blake's Lotaburger - Statewide
- Owl Cafe - Albuquerque & San Antonio
- Big Mike's Grill - Belen
- Sparky's - Hatch
- Anaheim Jacks - Ruidoso
- Mine Shaft Tavern - Madrid
- Buckhorn Tavern - San Antonio
- Santa Fe Bite - Santa Fe
- El Farolito - El Rito
- Rockin' BZ Burgers - Alamogordo
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Billie Frank (Santa Fe Travelers) and Lydia Schrandt (10Best Editor) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of New Mexico cuisine.
Other nominated burger joints included Bang Bite Filling Station in Santa Fe, Blades' Bistro in Placitas, Bode's General Store in Abique, Bob's Burgers in Albuquerque, Del Charro Saloon in Santa Fe, El Bruno's Restaurante in Albuquerque and Cuba, Monroe's in Albuquerque, Sadie's of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Shake Foundation in Santa Fe and Sugar's BBQ in Embudo,License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo