One of the things I wanted to do on this trip was to have a great example of New Mexico’s green chile cheeseburger. Since we were in Taos, I had to try out 5 Star Burgers. USA Today rated it as the best in New Mexico. The review focused on the quality of the ingredients: freshly-ground, antibiotic- and hormone-free Black Angus beef and locally sourced produce, not to mention other environmentally friendly practices that would make any eco-warrior take notice. There are also locations in Albuquerque and Denver.
The Taos branch was just down the street from where we were staying, so off we went for lunch. We ordered the green chile cheeseburger and fried green beans. The visually impressive burger was adorned with Pepper Jack cheese and green chile mayo and served on a toasted brioche bun. While I admired the restaurant’s dedication to quality, as a burger (☆☆½) it fell short. The beef was too lean, suffering from an almost dry, crumbly texture. Burgers should be juicy, so it was a surprise that all the accolades heaped on this restaurant didn’t match our experience.
The fried green beans (☆☆☆½) were a hit though: crispy, seasoned batter and tender.
5 Star Burgers
1032 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571
Also locations in Albuquerque and Denver