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  1. It's a burger made famous by Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe.
    It's a regular burger with New Mexico green chiles roasted, chopped and heated and placed on top of the patty followed by cheese to hold everything together. It's a killer burger.

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    1. re: Donnie C
      JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

      Bingo! You can find variations of it all over the Southwest. Heck, you can even get one at Sonic Drive-In if you want. In the metro Phoenix area, the one to get is the Big Ass Burger in the bar at the Roaring Fork in Scottsdale. It's my favorite burger in town, easily besting the fancy schmancy ones served up at another favorite of mine, Delux. Robert McGrath and the gang at the Fork just know what they're doing with grilled hunks of meat.

      1. re: Donnie C

        "Made famous by the Bobcat Bite"? A little historical revisionism here on Chowhound! ;-P

        1. re: Erich
          alice (let's eat!)

          Aw, Erich...every little place has its passionate advocates! (I think the rest of us just chuckled and bit our tongues!)

          1. re: alice (let's eat!)

            For better or worse, Bobcat Bite has given GCB's national exposure like no one else.

            1. re: Donnie C

              It is truly the best (Bobcat Bite's GCB) and worth the trip out as well as the wait in line that you will surely have. If you've never had one, it's hard to explain the wonder.

              1. re: Donnie C

                Actually the first national exposure of the green chile cheeseburger came from the OWl. Bob cat while one of my faves, was several years later in terms of national exposure. My only gripe about the Bobcat is you need to bring your own ketchup for the fries because they only have cruddy sysco ketchup.

          2. For an outstanding green chile double burger try the "Burger Nook" on Madrid in Las Cruces. Everything finest quality and made fresh. You may have a little wait!

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            1. re: Fieldmarshall

              It's definitely a good green chile burger, but I've waited over an hour for a burger when it wasn't even busy. I don't go there anymore because of this.

            2. Bobcat Bite is great but Blake's Lotta Burger had Green Chile Cheeseburgers before Bobcat Bite was even a hint of an idea!

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              1. re: Mutt

                LOve the GCC at Blakes! The one in Bernallilo is the first I hit after I leave the airport on the road to Santa Fe!

              2. And nobody mentions the Owl Cafe in San Antonio NM? Since Bobcat Bites has only been around about 50 years, I think credit goes to many other sources. Belen Fiestas has had GCCBs decades before Bobcat bites ever existed. ANY place in NM has GCCBs. Geee Bobcat Bites burgers are good but there is no way that they are the ones who made it famous... That's like saying In and Out Burger made burgers famous. Just one of many many great places to get a green chile cheese burger.

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                1. re: austinguy

                  There's a place in the strip mall at Coors and Montano in Albuquerque that has outstanding gccbs. Spinns Burgers & Beer. Apparently modeled after Rex's Hamburgers, which I never had.

                  1. re: festivarian

                    Heck even mc donalds in New Mexico have green chile cheese burgers. As a an expert in the field of Green chile cheeseburgers, i heartily endorse: Owl (best green chile), Bobcat bite(big fresh ground burger), Buckhorn, Blake's (always one around the corner)get the double meat double cheese and 2bl chile lota burger at blake's. And by the way since i have not answered the question asked,

                    A green chile cheeseburger is a cheeseburger with anaheim green chiles on board(some of the best green chile coming form a town just NW of Lac cruces called Hatch). depending on the establishment, the chile(spelled with an E on the end) is placed on or under the cheese and is chopped or in strips, but usually chopped. Owl has a green chile sauce that has ground beef in it and is fabulous, it makes the burger a bit messy but so be it.

                    I like my green chile cheeseburgers with some ketchup, some may say no but i say yesssss. try some cheese fries with green chile. Heck everything is good with green chile.

                    1. re: SeanT

                      Thank you for the correct information! I agree with all of your comments. Have you guys every heard of Santiago's New Mexican Grill on Eubank in Albuquerque? They are new (within the last 5 years) and are by far my favorite green chile cheese burger in NM!

                      Santiago's New Mexican Grill
                      1911 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

                2. in santa fe a great green chile cheeseburger can be had @ DAVE'S NOT HERE.

                  1. While Bobcat Bite certainly makes one of the finest burgers on Planet Earth, their green chile is almost entirely without flavor. It would be easy to miss it on their mountainous burger. I usually go with cheese and grilled onions for toppings when I'm there. The place to go to get a real green-chile flavor on your burger is Horseman's Haven. Now that is some flavorful chile. Too hot for some pathetic weaklings, but, for chile lovers, not to be missed.

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                    1. re: IHateKiddo

                      Great recommendation! Thanks :) I feel the same about Bobcat Bite and will definitely try Horseman's Have Cafe next!

                    2. Theres a little joit in Belen on the main drag but I can't remember the name. near the super 8 motel, great GCCB.

                      1. A friend of mine who owns a restaurant ate there and came up with his own version. It is MN but he calls it Guys Big Bite ... NO RELATION... honest ... This was thought up 10 years ago. His name is Guy and he always was known for taking huge bites out of his burgers. Really! True story. Well it is a combo a turkey and beef and some southwest spices and then topped with not just green chilis but a couple kinds, and melted cheese. He also does grilled onions. I've seen several places that offer burgers like that. I have one and it was good but I am sure the original is amazing!!

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                        1. re: kchurchill5

                          Is there a place in the Denver area with a killer Green Chile Cheeseburger?

                          1. re: AndIDontMind

                            Yes -- Chubby's on 38th & Tejon. Different from New Mexico versions -- they use a green chile sauce, but man is it tasty. By far my favorite.

                        2. In PHX, LGO (the pizzeria side) has a fantastic green chili cheeseburger.

                          La Grande Orange Grocery
                          4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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                          1. re: azhotdish

                            I really have to get to LGO soon and move it up on the to-do list.

                            One of my favorite burgers in the Phoenix area is the green chili cheeseburger at Richardson's.

                            Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico
                            1582 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016

                            1. re: Rubee

                              Los Olivios in Scottsdale both old Town and North scottsdale locations have a good GCCB as well, but being from N.M. Blakes has always been on top of the fast food chain for GCCB unless you want fast than yes McDonalds will do. But The Owl Cafe is the riginal GCCB dating back over 60 years.

                              The Frontier in Albuquerque as well as the Owl both have super yummy Green Chili Cheese Fries as well.

                          2. Beside Blakes, we just had a Laguna Burger at the Laguna Pueblo, west of Albuquerque. A 1/3 lb. burger w/ lots of fresh green chile for $3.99!!!! If you want beer too, go up the road to Bibo to the Bibo Bar for a Bibo Green chile Cheeseburger and a cold draft beer.

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                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                              Correction: the Laguna Burger is a 1/2 pounder and there are now 3 locations, the closest to Alb. being at the Pit Stop on W. Central.

                            2. Had the green chili cheeseburger at The Owl tonight. Thought it was just okay. The green chile on it is fine, but I didn't notice it being better than most. The burger was tender and didn't seem frozen, but it was poorly grilled, appearing almost steamed with no char and little seasoning. Mediocre American cheese and a bun that practically dissolved half-way through. I had a much, much better burger at the Route 66 Malt Shop. In fact, since it was my first in ABQ, I was thinking that, damn, if they get better than this I might not eat anything else. The bun was grilled very crisp and while a little soft still held up throughout the entire burger, even though I got a double. The patty was really nicely crusted and seasoned. They gave the option of grilled onions, which were delicious. I would have liked more green chile, but there was more than what The Owl gave and it was good. Cheese seemed a little better quality, too. I don't think it was any more expensive than The Owl. This is just one burger each at these places, but the one I had at the Malt Shop was light years better. (And while off-topic, the other food at the Owl was much worse than the burger.)

                              Route 66 Malt Shop
                              1720 Central Ave SW Ste C, Albuquerque, NM 87104

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                              1. re: extramsg

                                extramsg, did you have that GCCB at the Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, or at the Owl Bar in San Antonio, NM? The Owl Bar is the original, and serves the superior product. To get there though, you have to travel South to Socorro, NM then East to the crossroads at San Antonio, about 90 minutes drive. I don't think the Owl Bar serves much other than the GCCB and fries, but you can get other items at the Owl Cafe. The Owl Cafe does a pretty good Milkshake IMO, but that's about it.

                                1. re: rpl

                                  Owl Cafe in ABQ. Yeah I was wondering about that. Thanks for the clarification.

                              2. This may be of help if traveling through New Mexico:

                                1. Okay, I can't remember where I've posted that I ate at GCCB, so I'm just going to list them all and give my general impressions:

                                  Owl Cafe (ABQ): This was probably the worst of the bunch, though given the price maybe I'd choose it over Sophia's Place. It was just a weak diner burger with a bun that dissolved halfway through with steamed looking meat. Meh.

                                  Blake's (ABQ): This was a nice fast food burger. I'd put Blake's up against In-n-Out based on this visit. All the parts were fresh tasting and a definite step or two above most fast food joints. I'd prefer this over our own Burgerville in the NW. The green chile was really prominent too.

                                  Route 66 Malt Shop (ABQ): Maybe because it was my first good meal and first good green chile cheeseburger, but I'm giving this the silver. I thought they did a really great job with the sear, toasted bun, nicely cooked and adequately juicy, well-seasoned meat. There was plenty of green chile, even though it was a double and they had the option of grilled onions, which went great with it.

                                  Sophia's Place (ABQ): This was probably the most disappointing burger. I was hoping for what I would end up finding in Santa Fe: an upscale, carefully prepared, really well-executed burger with quality ingredients. What I got was a bland burger lacking seasoning, with an underwhelming green chile with way too much cilantro. I asked for it medium and it was cooked well beyond that. I also hate field greens like mizuna on a burger. It has no structure. Romaine, bibb, or even iceberg are all far superior. Also, the menu said cheese and there was no cheese on mine. The line was so long I couldn't get them to correct it and I couldn't get someone's attention either. There was too much bun for the burger, too. It was really thick. (Also, when we ordered the fish tacos, my wife's meal, it said snapper, but it came out salmon. When I was trying to get my burger fixed, I noticed they had changed it on the menu, but they never warned us. If it had been me, I wouldn't have been able to eat it since I hate the taste of cooked salmon. Luckily my wife likes salmon.)

                                  Bobcat Bite (SF): Totally earns its accolades. The burger itself is fantastic with our without green chile and cheese. In some ways, it wasn't my favorite green chile cheeseburger only because I think the meat so dominates that it should be ordered with double cheese and double green chile. But that's easily remedied and I think I can make allowances for it. The burger was so juicy it would literally run down my arm. It was perfectly cooked with a nice thin, but dark sear, and pink center. Bun was good quality. Therefore, this gets the gold. Just as a side note, I come from a very good burger town and last year ate about 75 burgers in only a couple months in route to rating the city's best. I often try burgers in other cities to calibrate Portland's burgers. So be proud. Be very, very proud.


                                  Harry's Roadhouse (SF): A nice burger that could be a bit juicier and better seasoned, but was cooked nicely and came on a quality bun with a simple, tasty green chile and a very nice aged cheddar. This gets the honorable mention.

                                  Cafe Pasqual's (SF): Lots of nice roasted green chile and cheese. Plenty of crust on the patty which was still left pink and adequately juicy. Very nice soft poppy seeded bun well toasted to hold up while eating. I'd give this the bronze in my survey.

                                  Bert's Burger Bowl (SF): Quality fast food burger with a good proportion of green chile and American cheese. Appreciated the grill flavor. And it wasn't overcooked, probably mid-well. But the meat didn't have much flavor. I'd say the one from Blake's that I had was better overall.

                                  Bobcat Bite Restaurant
                                  420 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505

                                  Harry's Roadhouse
                                  96B Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505

                                  Route 66 Malt Shop
                                  1720 Central Ave SW Ste C, Albuquerque, NM 87104

                                  Bert's Burger Bowl
                                  235 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

                                  Blake's Lotaburger
                                  1617 Indian School Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

                                  Sophia's Place
                                  6313 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

                                  Cafe Pasqual's
                                  121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

                                  Owl Cafe
                                  800 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123

                                  1. Take the green chili cheeseburger trail. You ony have to go to one Blake's, though.


                                    My wife's favorite is at the Fire Rock Casino In Red Rock, NM.

                                    Red Rock Cafe
                                    100 Verde Valley School Rd Ste 107, Sedona, AZ 86351