I was on a quest for the great green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico. Blake’s Lotaburger is pretty good, even if it is a fast-food chain, but the patty was thin. 5 Star Burgers fell short, primarily because the beef was too lean and therefore pebbly in texture. A great burger starts with ground beef that is around 85-percent lean so that the fat bastes the meat as it cooks. It also has to be seasoned well or the beef will lack dimension, and reasonably charred, not burned to the point of being bitter. New Mexicans add their unique twist by offering chopped green chiles (preferably Hatch). Bobcat Bite serves a fantastic cheeseburger (☆☆☆☆), using choice ground chuck and sirloin. It is all that a great burger should be. We wound up splitting an order because the sandwich is generously portioned.
The name derives from a time when the diner used to feed bobcats that came down from the hills. Bobcat Bite will be a destination diner anytime we’re in Santa Fe.
418 Old Las Vegas Highway
Santa Fe, NM 87505