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Buckhorn Tavern

68 US-380, San Antonio, NM - (575) 835-4423
The chile that tops the Buckhorn Burger is not as hot as what's used at the nearby Owl Bar, but it has a stronger, sharper chile flavor. A small amount of American cheese and onions mix well with the chile, while layers of tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and mustard separate the meat from the bottom bun. Messy? Yes. A memorable burger? Definitely.
70% Approval Rating (10 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Green Chile Cheese Burger
Buckhorn Burger
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Chile Cheese Fries

Highlighted Reviews

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Cliff Strutz - Photos (3)
Roadfood.com Editor
"The 700 or so citizens of San Antonio, New Mexico just might be the luckiest people in the entire Southwest. They have not one, but two, excellent sources for green chile cheeseburgers in town. The Owl Bar is already famous for their green chile cheeseburgers and ..."   [Read More]
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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"The Buckhorn can be maddeningly crowded, but if you are on a mission to eat New Mexico's top-ranked green chile cheeseburgers, it should not be missed. The meat itself is a wide, rugged patty about 1/2-inch thick, cooked medium so it is moist but not dripping juice, ..."   [Read More]
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Richard Rowe
March 30, 2012
"Having driven in from Tucson that morning, I was tired, hungry, and a little bit cranky, so my expectations weren't all that high. I was on my way to the Fiery Foods and BBQ show in Albuquerque, so it was sort of on my way, especially since I'd stopped in Hatch to ..."   [Read More]
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Carol Bayer
April 22, 2011
""This is what a burger should taste like!" says my husband, who generally disdains burgers in general, as he scraped up the last bits of his meal. Arriving mid-afternoon meant that we were able to sit down immediately, and we enjoyed fast service. The burgers ..."   [Read More]
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Donald Skipwith
August 23, 2010
"I pass through San Antonio regularly on my drive from my home in Albuquerque to my house in the Sacramento Mountains. I used to alternate between The Buckhorn and The Owl for my green chile cheeseburger fix. Both places have good representations of New Mexico's ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

68 US-380, San Antonio, NM
(575) 835-4423

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
If you haven't eaten chile in New Mexico, you might not understand just how good a green chile cheeseburger can be. Unlike the limp, bland chilies that come out of a can, the chilies on this burger fairly glow with sunshiny vegetable flavor. In concert with beef, cheese and condiments, it's a taste of Roadfood heaven.
"If you haven't eaten chile in New Mexico, you might not understand just how good a green chile cheeseburger can be. Unlike the limp, bland chilies that come out of a can, the chilies on this burger fairly glow with sunshiny vegetable flavor. In concert with beef, cheese and condiments, it's a taste of Roadfood heaven."
Michael Stern





The inside is dark and cool, with a great old-time bar atmosphere.  That is owner Bob Olguin sitting at the bar.
"The inside is dark and cool, with a great old-time bar atmosphere. That is owner Bob Olguin sitting at the bar."
Cliff Strutz


Due to recent attention by national magazines and television, the Buckhorn Tavern is no longer a local secret.  We were told that people regularly drive from as far as Las Cruces and  Albuquerque to eat here.
"Due to recent attention by national magazines and television, the Buckhorn Tavern is no longer a local secret. We were told that people regularly drive from as far as Las Cruces and Albuquerque to eat here."
Cliff Strutz


This green chile cheeseburger is one of the two reasons why the town of San Antonio is a Roadfood destination.
"This green chile cheeseburger is one of the two reasons why the town of San Antonio is a Roadfood destination."
Cliff Strutz


Here is a view of pretty much all of the commercial district of San Antonio. In the foreground at the right is the Buckhorn. On the other side of the street, towards the back, is the Owl Bar, also a green chile cheeseburger destination.
"Here is a view of pretty much all of the commercial district of San Antonio. In the foreground at the right is the Buckhorn. On the other side of the street, towards the back, is the Owl Bar, also a green chile cheeseburger destination."
Michael Stern


Frito pie, which may or may not have been invented in New Mexico, is a fiesta of different textures and, like the green chile cheeseburger, delivers its deliciousness in kaleidoscopic array.
"Frito pie, which may or may not have been invented in New Mexico, is a fiesta of different textures and, like the green chile cheeseburger, delivers its deliciousness in kaleidoscopic array."
Michael Stern


Chile cheese fries, Christmas style. That means they are topped with both green and red chile. I wish the fries had been cooked crisp.
"Chile cheese fries, Christmas style. That means they are topped with both green and red chile. I wish the fries had been cooked crisp."
Michael Stern


Dining with dollars. The Buckhorn Tavern is one of several worthy Roadfood places around the country that use dollar bills as wallpaper.
"Dining with dollars. The Buckhorn Tavern is one of several worthy Roadfood places around the country that use dollar bills as wallpaper."
Michael Stern


Bobby Olguin is no absentee celebrity chef. He is on hand in person as well as on this sign touting his fame.
"Bobby Olguin is no absentee celebrity chef. He is on hand in person as well as on this sign touting his fame."
Michael Stern



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