If you like adventure, and cheeseburgers with a kick, grab your spandex pants (and tums!) and head over to New Mexico, where there is an eating trail you need to experience.

As the leading producer of chiles in the United States, it makes sense that New Mexicans put them inside of everything; salsa, queso, enchiladas, burritos, soups, pies (yes!), and on top of burgers too! 

They admit they didn’t invent the hamburger- but they take full credit for spicing it up! You will be glad they did. 

If you’ve never had a green chile before, your taste buds are in for a spectacular surprise. Green chiles have mild to medium heat (significantly less hot than a jalapeño pepper) with a subtle spicy, sweet, and smoky flavor. Pile that on an already pretty glorious cheeseburger, and it’s a fiesta! Burgers so flavorful you’ll want to eat them again and again, and you can!

There is a Cheeseburger Chile Trail with the location of every Green Chile Cheeseburger place in the state.  Each restaurant on the list offers up a unique take on the tradition and claims to out-do the last. You be the judge: Eat your way from A-Z and back with this map. 

In the meantime, here are a few to get you on your way: 

Blake’s Lotaburger 

In & Out has nothing on this #BlakesLotaBurger

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Start at Blake’s. See firsthand why this famous hamburger chain was voted as having THE best Green Chile Cheeseburgers…more than once! And with over 70 different locations throughout New Mexico, it should be easy to find one, no matter where you are. 

Owl Cafe

You’re heading here for the Green Chile Cheeseburger. But, you should know the atmosphere and milkshakes are pretty great too. If you want a cute, 1950’s style diner, complete with jukeboxes, this is the place to be! 

Rockin’ BZ Burgers

Green Chili Burger #mouthfire #frazrsawaycation

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Customers are saying these guys have mastered the perfect chile to burger ratio. Test one out and let us know what you think. Order the “Champ”… green chiles layered on top of, crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, gooey white American cheese and grilled onions. Sounds like a good time. 

Sparkys BBQ

Did you do a double take?- “Green chile cheeseburgers at a Barbecue joint?” YES! And they don’t stop at the burgers. You can pile fresh hatch chiles on top of any sandwich you like: pork, chicken, and patty melts alike. You should probably order one of each- just to be sure! Bring a friend. 

This husband and wife duo goes through about 4,000 pounds of green chiles a year! So, it’s safe to say they might know a thing or two about how to prepare a Green Chile Burger. They’ve got it to a science, straight down to the perfectly toasted brioche bun. Order it with a side of their housemade potato chips. 

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