There’s no food more American than a burger. It’s all too easy to imagine sinking your teeth into a succulent patty that is perfectly juicy without being greasy. New Mexico is known for producing excellent beef and that quality is reflected in our patties. In the past, we’ve focused on restaurants that craft
incredible green chile cheeseburgers, but today, we’re concentrating on places that deliver the best beef patties. Here are 13 New Mexico burger joints that belong on your dining bucket list:
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1. Rustic on the Green (Albuquerque)
This restaurant got its start as a food truck where patties made from freshly ground chuck, presented on brioche buns, earned it a loyal following. People love both the rustic burger and the sacred burger – pair either with some of the best sweet potato fries in the state. Rustic on the Green is located at 3600 Cutler Avenue NE in Albuquerque, at Green Jeans Farmery.
2. Burger Nook (Las Cruces)
If you ask where to find the best burgers in Las Cruces, you’re likely to be directed to Burger Nook. This no-frills joint first opened in 1983 and it’s been going strong ever since, thanks to the scrumptious double burgers, stellar onion rings, and very reasonable prices. This restaurant can be found at 1204 E Madrid Avenue in Las Cruces.
3. The Burger Stand at Taos Ale House (Taos)
Kobe burgers are known for being tender, and the ones at The Burger Stand are no exception. This gourmet patty is served with truffle butter, tomato-aioli sauce, and topped with pickled red onions. Alternatively, stick with a classic green chile cheeseburger – you won’t be disappointed. The Taos Ale House is at 401 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte in Taos.
4. Big D’s Downtown Dive (Roswell)
For a heavy dose of Americana and a killer burger, head to Big D’s. The Texas burger, which features bacon, onions, slaw, and barbecue sauce, will blow your mind and the breakfast burger starts your day off right. This restaurant can be found at 505 N Main Street in Roswell.
5. Santa Fe Bite (Santa Fe)
Bobcat Bite was the stuff of legend and, after it closed, locals and visitors alike were devastated. Fortunately, the folks responsible for the restaurant’s insanely good GCCBs have since opened Santa Fe Bite. Here you’ll find burgers cooked so perfectly that you’ll understand why this establishment has earned so many awards and been featured on Food Network. Santa Fe Bite is at 311 Old Santa Fe Trail.
6. Hall of Flame (Ruidoso)
This hole in the wall restaurant may not look like much but the blue cheese bacon burger here is a union of yummy. Run – don’t walk – to Hall of Flame at 2500 Sudderth Drive, Suite 2, in Ruidoso.
7. Burger Boy (Cedar Crest)
Burger Boy is a little off the beaten track but it’s worth a detour to see why the burgers here have been named best in the state. The beef at this family-run restaurant is ground in-house, which is probably why their double meat burgers taste so very good. The address is 12023 State Highway 14 in Cedar Crest.
8. The Grill on Menaul (Albuquerque)
Fancy a burger, flame-grilled over mesquite charcoal? Us too. The Grill may have a relaxed, kitschy vibe, but the folks here take burgers seriously. Order the papa burger then customize it to your liking. The Grill is located at 4615 Menaul Boulevard NE in Albuquerque.
9. Laguna Burger (Laguna)
This gas station offers far more than unleaded. It’s the home of the Laguna burger, a whopping half-pound of juicy beef that’ll make your pit stop memorable. This establishment can be found on Highway 66 in New Laguna.
10. Rockin’ BZ Burgers (Alamogordo)
This eatery serves its juicy burgers on potato buns and offers typical toppings like green chile and mushrooms, along with less standard ones such as pineapple or even sauerkraut! Rockin’ BZ Burgers can be found at 3005 N White Sands Boulevard in Alamogordo.
11. Bodega Burger (Socorro)
You may like Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham,” but you’ll adore Bodega Burger’s green eggs and hamburger. As you bite into this burger, the yolk bursts, spilling over the green chiles tucked inside. In fact, this restaurant excels at combining chiles and burgers. Order the chile relleno burger and judge for yourself. You’ll find Bodega Burger at 606 N California Street in Socorro.
12. Pete’s Frites (Albuquerque)
The burgers at Pete’s Frites are formed from all-natural, New Mexico beef that is ground on-site. The meat is of such high quality that no add-ons are necessary. That being said, don’t leave without sampling the fries and the dipping sauces like the garlic aioli. Head to 3407 Central NE in Albuquerque next time a burger craving hits.