Albuquerque doesn't lack for places to get a great burger. From popular regional chains to places off the radar screen, check out where to find some of the Duke City's best burgers.
B2B Bistronomy in Nob Hill specializes in putting together the perfect individualized burger that's exactly what you're looking for, and it must be working because this small eatery has been rated a top burger place for years. Burgers are made from New Mexico fresh Angus beef that is free of steroids, hormones, and antibiotics. It's all grass fed and free range, leading to the idea that a happy steer makes for a tastier burger. Chef inspired specialties include the Rosa, with chile queso, Hatch green chile and tortilla chips, perfect for the chile lover, and the Nawlins, which is covered in crumbled blue cheese sauce and Cajun black n' blue rub.
There are more, each one tempting. But many go to B2B because of the BYOB, or Build Your Own Burger, where mixing buns, cheese, toppings and patties becomes an art. Don't do meat? The meatless choices are expansive. To help the burger along, B2B carries 34 New Mexican beers, and revolving seasonals to keep you coming back for more. Go on a Giving Back Sunday, when 20% of what you buy will go to a good cause.
Lotaburger is a chain, yes, but it's local, and as its fame has spread over the years, so have its locations, with two now located out of state in El Paso. Lotaburger has loyal fans who have to get their frequent fixes, and in Albuquerque, there are 78 places where they can pick up the popular LOTA or ITSA burger.
Flamez Burgers and More
Flamez is also a top rated burger joint, skyrocketing to local fame since opening in August 2012. Located on Montgomery just east of Eubank, it serves the northeast heights locals but draws fans from all over town. Flamez has a have it your way attitude, which provides customers with endless combinations of eight different meats, 10 different cheeses, eight different sides and five different toppings. A wine and beer menu complements the burgers. Tip: try their asparagus fries.
Holy Cow Burgers
Holy Cow in east downtown uses grass fed New Mexico beef and makes their own fries from fresh potatoes. Though they've only been around a few years, they've established a big reputation, with some saying they make the best burgers in town. The holy cow burger is made with pecanwood smoked bacon, american cheese and thousand island dressing; they have a green chile cheeseburger and even a no cow burger made of roasted eggplant and chickpea. Customization is endless on your patty of choice.
On nice days, sit outside at the covered patio.
Little Red Hamburger Hut
The family owned business in the Sawmill neighborhood near Old Town specializes in burgers with chile, both red and green. They get their meats from Nelson's, which has fresh, local beef. Try the red chile burger.
The Grill on Menaul cooks all their burgers and steaks on a mesquite grill, so it's as though you've had your patty cooked on an outside grill. Get your Mama burgers, Papa burgers or Little Rascal burgers, which come with chips and salsa. Try the Wednesday special, an open faced burger smothered in red chile. They have a veggie burger for non-meat eaters.
The Q Burger in downtown Albuquerque uses New Mexico-grown grass-fed beef and also offers up specialty burgers, to include yak, bison and kangaroo. Their burQueno burger is their version of a green chile cheeseburger and features green chile, white cheddar and red chile aioli. Non-meat eaters can choose from the quinoa burger or the blaQ bean nacho burger.
Other Burger Joints of Note
What Makes Albuquerque's Burgers So Good?
Albuquerque is an up and coming food town, and it takes its commitment to fresh, local food sources very seriously. Most of the top burger joints use grass-fed beef and are committed to organic food that is clean of antibiotics. The commitment comes through in the taste.
The next time you're on the lookout for a burger, forget about McDonald's and Wendy's and choose a local business you won't find anywhere else.