Santa Fe’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown

Editor | - June 28, 2013

Who will win this burger battle?

The Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown is officially on. It’s all about finding the best Green Chile Cheeseburger in Santa Fe and it’s up to the public to decide which six restaurants will be in the final Smackdown.
Voting for a favorite Santa Fe restaurant’s chile-laden burger is open now until July 29 at Look for the Smackdown badge on the home page to vote. Restaurants are getting ready for a chance at the finals with bragging rights at stake for the best Green Chile Cheeseburger in Santa Fe.
More than a dozen restaurants took part in an initial planning meeting including Real Burger, Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Luminaria at Inn & Spa at Loretto, Del Charo at Inn of the Governors, Dr. Field Goods, Terra at the Four Seasons, Cowgirl BBQ, and the Ranch House. The final showdown will be between the six restaurants that receive the greatest number of votes. Voting can be done for one restaurant, once a day.
Judging for the Overall Winner, plus a People’s Choice Award determined by popular vote, takes place at the Santa Fe Farmers Market on Saturday, September 7 2013 during the market’s Green Chile Harvest Festival. A panel of judges, including noted local cookbook author and all around great cook Cheryl Jamison, will judge each entry. Sample burgers will be made for public consumption to determine the People’s Choice Award.
The “burgers” don’t have to be beef. They can be fish or turkey or yak or lamb or something else; as long as they use cheese, New Mexican green chile, currently appear on the restaurant’s menu and remain there through the end of 2014.
Short, “smack talk” videos will be produced by the final six contestants for display on YouTube, social media and websites. In addition, each of the final six restaurants will demo their burgers in Santa Fe and Albuquerque prior to the final judging.
All green chile aficionados are encouraged to get involved by voting for their favorite burger in town and taking part in the People’s Choice Award voting on September 7 2013.
Restaurants wanting to join in can sign up online at; registration is now open. To participate restaurants must have a free listing on For questions or to register, contact Phyllis Archuleta,
From a SantaFe.Org press release...