Great Burger Joints in the Middle of Nowhere

Hamburger expert and photographer George Motz gives us 5 great choices for a day trip into the middle of nowhere for a great burger.

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George Motz talks to Matt Romero

George Motz talks to Matt Romero

George Motz talks to Matt Romero, a pepper grower in New Mexico. The arid climate is perfect for growing the New Mexican chile, a hot pepper native to the state that’s found its way into the local cuisine, especially burgers. 960 1280

  

Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe, NM

Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe, NM

Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe, NM, is where George and his friend, local burger expert Rob Dewalt, both had their first-ever green chile cheeseburgers. 960 1280

  

Bobcat Bite

Bobcat Bite

The Burger Land crew shoots George with owner John Eckre in the kitchen of Bobcat Bite. 960 1280

  

Bobcat Bite's green chile cheeseburger

Bobcat Bite's green chile cheeseburger

It’s hard to resist a burger as fresh and juicy as this simple 10-oz beast, topped with a little bit of mild cheese and a load of fresh green chile, made with locally grown peppers. 960 1280

  

Owl Bar & Cafe in San Antonio, NM

Owl Bar & Cafe in San Antonio, NM

George eats a green chile cheeseburger at Owl Bar & Cafe in San Antonio, NM, which is best known for its proximity to the Trinity Site, where American scientists detonated the first atomic bomb. 960 1280

  

The Owl Bar & Cafe

The Owl Bar & Cafe

The Owl Bar & Cafe holds the distinction of being the first restaurant to make the green chile cheeseburger. 960 1280

  

Owl Bar & Cafe in San Antonio, NM

Owl Bar & Cafe in San Antonio, NM

Owl Bar began as a grocery store in 1939, but the founder’s son started fixing burgers when the Trinity scientists began frequenting the establishment. 960 1280

  

The Pantry in Santa Fe, NM

The Pantry in Santa Fe, NM

George stands outside The Pantry in Santa Fe, NM, known for its twist on the New Mexican chile cheeseburger. 960 1280

  

The Pantry in Santa Fe, NM

The Pantry in Santa Fe, NM

Burger patties on the grill at The Pantry. 960 1280

  

George talks to Michael Singley

George talks to Michael Singley

George talks to Michael Singley, co-owner of The Pantry. The restaurant has had many owners since it opened in 1948, but it has barely changed a bit. 960 1280

  

The Pantry’s tortilla burger

The Pantry’s tortilla burger

The Pantry’s tortilla burger consists of a char-grilled patty and pinto beans, wrapped in a flour tortilla and smothered in so much red chile sauce that you have to eat it with a fork. 960 1280

  

Bode's General Store

Bode's General Store

George and local burger expert Rob Dewalt eat green chile cheeseburgers at Bode's General Store, an hour north of Santa Fe in Abiquiu, NM. 960 1280

  

The burger at Bode’s

The burger at Bode’s

The burger at Bode’s is a half-pound patty topped with 3 slices of aged cheddar and not-so-mild green chile that’s been caramelized on the grill – all served on a sesame seed bun with a heaping side of tater tots. 960 1280

  

Bode's General Store

Bode's General Store

Bode's General Store sells everything you could ever need – from kitchen appliances to New Mexico souvenirs – in addition to delicious cheeseburgers. 960 1280

  

New Mexico's red chile

New Mexico's red chile

New Mexico’s pepper pride is strong. There’s only one way to experience the slow burn of a green chile cheeseburger, and that’s to try one in its native land. 960 1280

  

Holly Springs, MS

Holly Springs, MS

George near the train tracks in Holly Springs, MS. The Mississippi Central Railroad, which was the backbone of the northern Mississippi area back when it was a major supply line, is still used today. 960 1280

  

Bill's Hamburgers in Amory, MS

Bill's Hamburgers in Amory, MS

George dives in at Bill's Hamburgers in Amory, MS. Bill’s Hamburgers has been around since the Great Depression and serves the same kind of burgers that Mississippians were eating back then. 960 1280

  

Bill’s Hamburgers

Bill’s Hamburgers

Current owners of Bill’s Hamburgers, Reid and Janice Wilkerson, won’t tell you what’s added into the beef, but whatever it is it certainly doesn’t take away from the delicious meaty flavor that’s only complimented by the signature toppings of mustard and onions. 960 1280

  

Bill's Hamburgers

Bill's Hamburgers

George outside Bill's Hamburgers in Amory, MS. 960 1280

  

Lamar Lounge in Oxford, MS

Lamar Lounge in Oxford, MS

George talks to Amos Harvey, manager at Lamar Lounge in Oxford, MS. Lamar Lounge has deep ties to Mississippi’s music scene -- the bar was even once owned by pop legend Eddie Fisher. 960 1280

  

Lamar Lounge

Lamar Lounge

At Lamar Lounge, the burger is only seasoned with salt and pepper, and the thick sear on both sides of the patty seals in the juices. It’s a hearty burger to have while listening to some great local blues acts. 960 1280

  

Lamar Lounge

Lamar Lounge

The owner of Lamar is also part owner of a record label called Fat Possum, and when you walk in the door at Lamar Lounge, you are immediately treated to some great local music. 960 1280

  

Lamar Lounge

Lamar Lounge

George talks to musician, Jake Fussell, at the bar at Lamar Lounge. 960 1280

  

Latham’s Hamburger Inn

Latham’s Hamburger Inn

Latham’s Hamburger Inn, in New Albany, MS, serves a signature deep-fried “dough burger.” The dough burger got its name because during the Great Depression and World War II, resourceful people would add extra ingredients to their meat rations as a way of stretching the beef. 960 1280

  

Latham's Hamburger Inn

Latham's Hamburger Inn

George and local burger expert John T. Edge eat cheeseburgers at Latham's Hamburger Inn. 960 1280

  

Latham’s burger

Latham’s burger

Latham’s burger is the only burger George has in Mississippi that is deep fried, but the doughy consistency locks in the meaty flavor, and the fried crunch makes the burger taste like a beef fritter. 960 1280

  

Phillips Grocery in Holly Springs, MS

Phillips Grocery in Holly Springs, MS

Phillips Grocery in Holly Springs, MS, is a former grocery store that is now a burger joint, and it’s located just a few feet from the Mississippi Central Railroad. 960 1280

  

Phillips Grocery

Phillips Grocery

George’s favorite burger at Phillips Grocery is the double with cheese, and the tangy combination of mustard, pickles and onions only enhances the fantastic flavor of the beef. 960 1280

  

Phillips Grocery

Phillips Grocery

The people of Holly Springs can bask in the nostalgic decorations at Phillips while hearing the all-too-familiar train whistle in the background and enjoying a juicy double cheeseburger. 960 1280

  

Phillips Grocery

Phillips Grocery

George talks to the owner of Phillips Grocery, Larry Davis, who has been using the same burger recipe for years. He purchased the secret recipe along with the restaurant back in 1989. 960 1280

  

Rossi's Bar & Grill

Rossi's Bar & Grill

George chows down on a burger from Rossi’s Bar & Grill in Trenton, NJ. Find even more burgers on the Burger Land site! 960 1280

  

El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago de las Fritas

The family-owned El Mago de las Fritas in West Miami. 960 1280

  

A classic Cuban frita

A classic Cuban frita

A classic Cuban frita, covered in thinly-cut fried potatoes at El Rey de las Fritas in Miami. 960 1280

  

El Rey de las Fritas

El Rey de las Fritas

George meets Mercedes, the owner of El Rey de las Fritas. 960 1280

  

Pincho Factory

Pincho Factory

The food prep area at Miami’s Pincho Factory. 960 1280

  

Latin Burger food truck

Latin Burger food truck

A burger beauty at the Latin Burger food truck in Miami. 960 1280

  

George meets Jim Heins

George meets Jim Heins

George meets Jim Heins, owner of the Latin Burger food truck, which is reminiscent of a Cuban street vendor. 960 1280

  

George meets up with comedian Jeff Garlin

George meets up with comedian Jeff Garlin

George meets up with comedian Jeff Garlin at Charlie's, an old farm-to-table favorite hidden within the Original Los Angeles Farmer's Market. 960 1280

  

George stops by Irv's

George stops by Irv's

George stops by Irv's, one of his all-time favorite hamburger stands, which is at risk of being forced to close its doors forever if it doesn’t get support from the mayor of West Hollywood. 960 1280

  

George and local LA burger-lover Brad Morris

George and local LA burger-lover Brad Morris

George and local LA burger-lover Brad Morris eat hamburgers at Charlie's. 960 1280

  

George visits the Apple Pan

George visits the Apple Pan

George visits the Apple Pan, a nostalgic favorite in LA that’s known for its burgers as well as its pie. 960 1280

  

George stands outside Pie 'n Burger

George stands outside Pie 'n Burger

George stands outside Pie 'n Burger, a classic burger joint that celebrates the American traditions of burgers and pie in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

  

Village Bar

Village Bar

At the Village Bar in Madison, WI, Mark Kampa hands George Motz one of their burgers, popular with Madison Badgers fans. 960 1280

  

Hamburgao

Hamburgao

A traditional Brazilian hamburger from Hamburgao in Newark, NJ. 960 1280

  

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

Rich, the owner of White Rose System in Linden, NJ, prepares eggs on the grill. 960 1280

  

George goes a little bit country. 960 1280

  

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

White Rose System in Linden, NJ

George and Nick discuss the Jersey burger at White Rose System in Linden, NJ. 960 1280

  

ete's in Prairie du Chien, WI

ete's in Prairie du Chien, WI

George Motz talks to a customer outside Pete's in Prairie du Chien, WI, where they boil their burgers in water instead of frying them. 960 1280

  

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

At Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI, George tries the Butter Burger – made with (you guessed it!) a heaping dollop of butter. 960 1280

  

White Rose System

White Rose System

After sampling a Jersey Burger, George leaves the White Rose System on his way to the next New Jersey burger joint! 960 1280

  

White Rose System

White Rose System

Rich works his magic behind the grill at White Rose System. 960 1280

  

Rossi's in Trenton, NJ

Rossi's in Trenton, NJ

George has a burger and a beer at Rossi's in Trenton, NJ. 960 1280

  

White Manna's in Hackensack, NJ

White Manna's in Hackensack, NJ

George visits White Manna's in Hackensack, NJ, to try the classic sliders. 960 1280

  

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI

George Motz and Melanie Roberts bite into Butter Burgers at Solly's Grille in Glendale, WI. 960 1280

  

White Manna's

White Manna's

George takes a trip to White Manna's – one of his favorite burger joints. 960 1280

  

White Manna’s

White Manna’s

Ron preps burgers on the grill at White Manna’s. 960 1280

  

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