Our Top Six Favorite Burger Joints in Albuquerque

Source: Yelp

What’s better than a true, delicious American delight -- the hamburger. Sometimes, this comfort food is exactly what we need to unwind after a long and stressful day. On average, an American eats three hamburgers per week -- that’s about 50 billion per year. So, we know you love your burgers just as much as we do! We’ve put together a list of our six favorite burger joints in Albuquerque. Try them all and decide which location trumps the others! How can you really go wrong with a burger and fries? You be the judge. 

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1. 66 Diner 

Retro diner serving burgers and shakes in a 1950’s atmosphere 

Bacon, cheese, all the right burger toppings, and a side of onion rings is everything we need from a great burger joint. 

1405 Central Ave | Albuquerque | 66diner.com

66 Diner is as retro as it gets, serving burgers and shakes in their 50’s style diner! You’ll take a step back in time to the 1950’s and 60’s between the decor, food, and clothing worn by the servers. The ambiance is everything we would expect from a diner on route 66. 

Their menu includes New Mexico favorites, blue plate specials, soups and salads, deluxe plates, sandwiches, sweets and desserts, and of course -- burgers! They offer your classic hamburger as well as adaptations of the classic based on Southwestern flare. You’ll find a green chile cheeseburger, southwest burger, and Diego’s DiamondBack Burger with pepper jack cheese and jalapenos! You’ll be sure to get a taste of comfort at this retro diner. 

“Great food, great service!  The Elvis milkshake was amazing and will definitely come back if I'm ever in town again. Not sure of our waitress's name, but she was great also.” - Yelp Review 

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2. Rustic On The Green 

Burgers, fries, and beer served in a unique and colorful space 

What’s better than a green chili burger, fries, and a couple of beers? Image courtesy of Yelp

3600 Cutler Ave NE | Albuquerque | rusticburger505.com

There are some things that are just meant to go together -- and burgers, fries, and beer is one combination that scores a home run every time. Rustic On The Green is a colorful and uniquely designed space with an outdoor patio and rooftop seating, we’re sure you’ve never seen anything quite like it. 

Their menu is small, but packed with flavor and perfected recipes. All of their burgers use fresh ground chuck, local ingredients, New Mexico inspired favorites, house made sauces, and fresh veggies. They have carnivorous favorites and a vegetarian friendly burger appropriately named the “Mother Earth” burger. This specialty includes a black bean chipotle patty with veggies and a balsamic reduction. For those who want meat and those who don’t, this place is sure to have something for both!  

“I ordered the Rustic burger.I have to say this was the best burger I've had, maybe ever. Melt -in-my -mouth deliciousness. The brioche bun, thick patty, caramelized onions... yum!” - Yelp Review 

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3. Holy Burger 

Innovative burgers and sandwiches served with pickles or two types of fries

Jalapeno burger with a fried egg and chipotle aioli for those who like their burgers with an extra kick!

700 Central Ave SE | Albuquerque | holyburgernm.com

Holy burger serves a whole lot of burgers, sandwiches, sides, and extra toppings. They serve locally sourced grass fed burgers, no cow burgers, beer, wine, and shakes! Sure, they have your classic vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry milkshakes -- but don’t be fooled because they offer floats and a specialty Guinness shake. Ranked among the ten best burgers in Albuquerque, you know you’re getting something delicious at this location. 

They offer burgers with a little extra kick, including jalapeno and green chile and unconventional ones with roasted red peppers and goat cheese. Don’t forget the “No Cow” burger made from roasted eggplant, chickpeas, and topped with miso aioli. If their specialty burgers don’t speak your language, they have a lengthy list of additional toppings that can be added to your burger -- including avocado, fried egg, roasted green chilis, and so much more. This place will get your cravings under control and leave you satisfied, until next time.  

“Holy burger!! it was Scrumptious. The burger was cooked to perfection, just right, so juicy. I love the Thousand Island dressing and that smoked thick bacon they put on top is so good!!!” - Yelp Review 

4. Grassburger Heights 

Better burgers for you, the animals, and the planet while being healthy yet delicious 

Grassburger serves, you guessed it -- grass fed burgers for those trying to eat clean, but still satisfy their burger fix. 

11225 Montgomery Blvd NE | Albuquerque | eatgrassburger.com

Grassburger serves grass fed meat from cows who graze in open pastures that are free of herbicides, pesticides, and artificial fertilizer. They also participate in a biofuel program where all of their used fry oil is collected and converted into power for local farm trucks and military vehicles. Their goal is to combine sustainable practices that are better for the earth so customers can have somewhere to eat that doesn’t leave them feeling bad. 

Their menu includes burgers, bowls, fries, eggwhiches, and salads. Their burger menu is full of simple classics like bacon cheddar, regular cheddar, mushroom swiss, and a turkey burger. They also have a green chile jack burger for New Mexico natives and a black bean burger for vegetarians. No matter what you order, you can feel good about this location and their commitment to a better earth and sustainable food industry. 

“Always good food at Grassburger. I had lunch there yesterday with a girlfriend and it was really good. I had the grass burger with guacamole and sweet potato fries.” - Yelp Review 

5. Caveman Burgers 

Restaurant serving burgers, tacos, and other Mexican delights 

Burgers and Mexican food make the best combination to satisfy both of our culinary cravings. Image courtesy of Yelp

6205 Central Ave NW #5 | Albuquerque | facebook.com/CaveManBurger

What’s better than the combination of burgers and Mexican food? This quaint location serves up the best of both worlds for diners who want an All-American favorite as well as southwestern, Mexican delights. One thing to note, Caveman Burgers are certified huge! Before you order, make sure you’re hungry! 

Their burgers are made from meat, chicken, chorizo, steak and more! Their “Super Wakala” includes meat, chicken, beef chorizo, ham, grilled pineapple, and all the toppings you would expect to find on your burger. They also have a chorizo burger for those looking for a Southwestern adaption of this classic. Don’t forget to try a sampling of their Mexican food along with one of these huge burgers!

“Oh, this place!!!!!! For many years, my son and I were trying to find the perfect burger.

We just did. It's Super Wakala!!!! It has beef patty and grilled chicken and ham and bacon and half the pantry..... you've got to try it to believe it!!!!” - Yelp Review 

6. Bosque Burgers 

Southwestern inspired burgers served alongside classics 

Bosque burgers serve veggie burgers for all of our herbivore friends who still want to get in on the burger action. Image courtesy of Yelp

2500 Central Ave SW | Albuquerque | facebook.com/BosqueBurger

Last, but certainly not least on the list is Bosque Burgers! Bosque also has an interesting take on this classic American favorite, served with New Mexico flare! They have your classic burgers, then they have their “Chorizo Sunrise” and “Cubano” burgers that will not disappoint. 

If you’re in for something unconventional -- try the BBQ bacon mac & cheese burger that comes with a mac and cheese cake, angus chuck patty, bacon, and a honey bourbon whiskey BBQ sauce! They also have a veggie burger made with brown rice, quinoa, and beans served with vegetables, greens, and balsamic vinaigrette. This place is sure to deliver the flavor!

“This place is great, especially now since patio-only dining is the only option. The ingredients are super high quality and they have a decent selection of beers.” - Yelp Review 

No matter where you go, every location on this list serves a one of a kind burger. Whether you’re looking for an All-American classic or a burger served Southwestern style -- you can find both on this list. Try them all to determine the best!

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