New Mexico's Green Chile Cheeseburgers

George Motz travels to New Mexico to sample the region’s variety of chile cheeseburgers. He enjoys 3 interpretations of green chile cheeseburgers, a local staple made with chiles that are native to New Mexico and a tortilla burger, smothered in so much red chile and cheese, he has to eat it with a fork.

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George Motz talks to Matt Romero
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

  

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