· ABQ Brewpub
This towering concoction above, called a Southwestern burger, from the Uptown brewpub won the 2010 Governor's Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge last month at the State Fair. Piled on top of the Angus patty are cheese, garlic mustard, bacon, green chile tempura and chipotle mayo. Cost: $12.
· Blake's Lotaburger
Some credit this New Mexico fast food chain for being the first to add chiles to cheeseburgers. At the generic, outdated restaurant, we went for the Lota Burger—a plain Angus patty—with cheese and chiles on a plain bun. Cost: $4.06.
· Frontier Burger
This Nob Hill staple is the go-to place for students from the University of New Mexico, which sits across the street. This joint has seen better days, but the crowd in there at 1 a.m. didn't seem to mind. We tried the Fiesta burger with green chiles, cheese and a sesame seed bun. Cost: $3.59.
Winner: The monstrous burger from ABQ looks way better than the other two, and we could just eat the tempura chile by itself. But all of the sauces and other ingredients masked the chile and beef flavors. And while the Fiesta burger was tasty, the Angus patty from Blake's pushed it ahead.
Do you agree with our green chile cheeseburger champion? Or do you have another contender?
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