Zagat’s Annual Fast Food Survey recently declared the 5 Guys burger the best burger in America. So I wanted to know who in El Paso you thought had the juiciest, tastiest, best burger in town. After tabulating your emails and Facebook comments, I’d be lying if I didn't say I was somewhat surprised with your overwhelming choice.
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 a chain restaurant. And now, without further adieu … (drum roll, please!) The Top 3 Burgers in El Paso …
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.
2519 N. Piedras St.
1023 E. Yandell
10100 N. Loop in Socorro
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!!! But bring cash. They don’t take debit cards.
3829 Tompkins. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
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!