Are These the Best Burgers Joints in El Paso?
The El Paso Times is currently holding a reader’s poll to determine who has the best hamburgers in El Paso. Last September I took to our little corner of the Internet wanting to know the same thing: who in El Paso you thought had the juiciest, tastiest, best burger in town. Looking back at the original post, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m as surprised with your overwhelming choice now as I was then.
Not because I don’t think they serve up some yummy burgers, because I do, but because it’s not one of the usual suspects. In fact, the burger you voted the best comes from … gasp! … a chain restaurant.
Here’s a look back at the Top 3 places you said serve up El Paso’s Best Burgers:
#3 Papa Burgers
Good old-fashioned diner quality hamburgers served out of a converted house on N. Piedras. It’s not a big place, I counted 8 tables and 3 ½ booths, and they don’t knock them out as fast as a Mickey D’s or a BK does but they’re definitely worth the wait.
Like the Papa Burgers on Piedras, Roscos grills their burgers out of a converted house in Central El Paso. And the available seating isn’t much better either with a seating capacity of 50. But there ‘s a reason why it wins Best Of accolades time after time, and the parking lot starts filling up fast by 11:30: the juicy, greasy burgers with grilled onions, diced lettuce, pickles, and sliced tomatoes consistently kick butt!!!
Unlike the other burger joints on the list, Whataburger—or, “Waterburger” as its endearingly referred to around here, is a chain. You can’t drive more than a few miles without seeing an orange W hanging up in the air, and that’s probably one of the reasons it was the clear winner. There’s something to be said for convenience. But that’s just a plus. The burger itself is your standard 1/4-pound patty on a toasted bun. Something about that simplicity coupled with the lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions that just works. I honestly can’t explain why they’re so good. They just are. A word to the wise, though; don’t ever leave a Whataburger bag – empty or full – in your car for any amount of time!