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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Become a Cheeseburger Connoisseur in New Mexico


2. Where to Eat

Pull over for a green-chile cheeseburger fresh off Bobcat Bite's cast-iron grill.  

Follow Bill Richardson's lead to the family-run Badland’s Burgers in Grants—the outgoing governor and former presidential candidate named the Millie Burger ($6.95) the state's best in the 2009 Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge. The winning burger's two one-third-pound patties are lightly charred over an open flame, then topped with smoky green chile, bacon, and guacamole.

Watch your ten-ounce burger prepared medium rare on a 50-year-old cast-iron grill at Bobcat Bite, a roadside diner that's been around since 1953 ($7.90). Mind this mom-and-pop's odd hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7:50 p.m.

Brace yourself for the fresh-roasted green-chile topping the hand-ground burger at the original Owl Café (77 U.S. Highway 380; 575-835-9946) in San Antonio ($4.45). The special blend—spicier than most—can also be purchased in pint-size jars for $5.

Choose between the medium (quarter-pound) or large (half-pound) burger—served on a bun or tortilla—at the Little Red Hamburger Hut. (The locals still call it Wimpy's, trademark lawsuit be damned.) Order at the counter: Burgers are freshly ground, consistently cooked well done, and doused with green or red chile (the "Little Red"). Operating hours are erratic, so call ahead.

Published on Mar 11, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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