Whataburger's Green Chile Double Cheeseburger

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John Kiely
Houston has many of the best hamburgers in America, but my favorite fast-food burger comes from Blake's, a New Mexico chain whose Lotaburger with green chile and cheese is iconic. Blake's motto speaks for itself: "If you are what you eat, you are awesome."

However, Blake's is a one-state deal, and it punts at our western border. So when Whataburger picked up the green chile ball and ran it deep into the heart of Texas, you know how many claps it got from me.

Nostalgia screws up the palate, so when I walked into the new Whataburger near the Medical Center, I was hoping for something different from -- perhaps better than -- my gold standard. After taking my order for a Green Chile Double Whataburger, the sweet lady at the minimalist counter asked, "What do you want on it?"

Dangit, I assumed Whataburger had that figured out already, so I was forced to reference the Lotaburger after all. Tomato, lettuce, onion, pickle...and mustard. No ketchup, just like in Texas.

The lady brought me the combo, and offered ketchup for the fries. I eagerly unwrapped the sandwich and peeked under the bun. Sure enough, there were plenty of dark green chiles, with tiny flecks of charred skin, as if they'd just been roasted and peeled.

The first bite indicated the green chiles were hot, just enough to give a pleasant buzz without stunning the taste-buds. Perfect. The beef patties were properly cooked, with sufficient juice and a pleasant color, on a toasted bun. American and Monterey Jack is the appropriate cheese mix. Whataburger has nailed the Double Green Chile Cheeseburger.

The double part was the only problem. I'm carnivorous as a cat, but this is a hefty sandwich, with a high meat-to-bun ratio. I'll downsize to a Whataburger, Jr., or perhaps Whataburger will live up to its motto, "Just like you like it", and offer green chile on a single Whataburger--for which I'd pay extra and be there every Friday through October 3, until the green chile runs out.

As I was finishing, a high-school golf team sat down next to me. One young man prepared his double Whataburger by completely smashing it. Two more of their buddies walked in and considered ordering Green Chile Cheeseburgers. After consulting with the lady at the counter, one chickened out, so to speak, with a Whatachick'n, and the other lad declared, "Green chile sounds kinda nasty," before ordering fries and a shake to dip them in.

I don't blame the golfers, as I had the same reaction the first time I saw green chiles on a cheeseburger. Now, I rarely enjoy cheeseburgers without them.



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16 comments
Ass Fart
Ass Fart

This sandwich is great but the chile peppers aren't spicy at all.

James
James

Are these real Hatch chiles, or an imitation like Anaheims?

Betty Rumble
Betty Rumble

Barnaby's also has a very tasty Green Chile burger, with Pepper Jack cheese... If only they had better french fries

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

I have my own review on this awesome sandwich coming.  And I didn't spruce it up with any fru-fru veggies, either.  I went with the original and it was fantastic. 

Laurie
Laurie

John- If you truly miss Blakes than you should go to our own Blakes on Jeannetta off Westheimer on the west side. I dont know if they have a green chili burger but they have a jalapeno one.

Megan
Megan

DAMMIT!  The closest Whataburger is in Tulsa.  I guess I'll have to make these at home....

Stevenstonetx
Stevenstonetx

Whataburger had already figured it out. That question shouldn't have been asked. It's just supposed to have green chiles and American and Monterey Jack cheese slices on it.

Texmex01
Texmex01

I see this for lunch in my future.....

James Buster
James Buster

That's why I asked if they were real Hatches.

Guest
Guest

JamesHatch chiles are actually Anaheims, but the climate and volcanic soil of Hatch makes them hotter and a little tastier.  I don't know if Whataburger uses Hatch, but the chiles they use are hot enough and similar in taste to the Hatch chiles I roasted this year.

Guest
Guest

Hi Laurie - I won't be missing Blake's so much, as this Whataburger does it for me.  Thanks for the invitation to Blake's BBQ - the reviews for its hamburger look strongly favorable.

Guest
Guest

A fortunate error.  I went back to try the Green Chile Double, Jr., and the question wasn't asked.  It's a satisfying sandwich as is, but I'll be craving the Green Chile Double Whataburger, Jr. with the 5 extra condiments.

Wuwu
Wuwu

all this chit chat about the new burger places in town, 15$ this and 15$ that, kobe this kobe that..when you can have old stand by like Whataburger, life is great....

Guest
Guest

The first three I ate had almost hot chiles, but the one I had yesterday was too mild.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Do you even know how much the burger costs?

Guest
Guest

I should add that "almost hot" is the ideal that makes the most sense for a fast-food chain, except in New Mexico, where you build up a tolerance from eating them regularly.

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