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5-19-BlakesBlake’s Lotaburger, the iconic New Mexico hamburger chain famous for its signature Green Chile Cheeseburger, has won the title of “Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in New Mexico” in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Blake’s beat out 19 other nominees in this category to earn the title of the state’s best green chile cheeseburger – a New Mexico staple and Blake’s signature burger made famous by its Hatch Valley green chile.

The USA Today 10Best Awards provide trusted travel and lifestyle advice in cities nationwide. Travel experts select the top 20 nominees in contests covering food, lodging, destinations, travel gear, and other categories, with readers casting votes to select the final winners.

In addition to this most recent award for its Green Chile Cheeseburger, Blake’s also has previously been named “The World’s Best Green Chile Cheeseburger” by National Geographic.

Since its founding in 1952, Blake’s Lotaburger has grown to 75 locations in New Mexico, three locations in Texas, and one recently-opened location in Tucson, Ariz. The restaurant chain is known for its distinctive cooked-to-order “LOTA Burgers” using only premium angus beef, as well as its defining ingredient: green chile. Blake’s Lotaburger uses special Hatch Valley-grown green chiles — specially roasted and fiery hot, which are packaged specifically for Blake’s Lotaburger.

“We are thrilled to have been voted New Mexico’s best green chile cheeseburger and excited that readers have selected us as their favorite,” said Shannon Curlee, director of field management at Blake’s Lotaburger. “The key to our green chile burgers lies in our special Hatch Valley green chiles, which, when combined with our other fresh ingredients and seasonings, results in a truly unique burger which our fans have loved for years.

“We’re excited to be honored with this award and look forward to continuing to offer our famous green chile cheeseburgers as we continue to expand both in New Mexico and beyond.”

For more information about Blake’s Lotaburger, including a complete listing of restaurant locations throughout New Mexico, Texas and Arizona, visit www.lotaburger.com. To view the USA Today 10Best results for New Mexico’s Best Green Chile Cheeseburgers, visit www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-greenchile-cheeseburger-in-new-mexico.