ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The concepts “healthy” and “hamburgers” don’t historically play well together, yet recent changes in consumers’ demand for high-quality ingredients have led to a delicious niche: the grass-fed burger joint. As of early 2013, Albuquerque has at least three independent restaurants serving patties with a pedigree. Burger Rush is one of these, already with two locations and a desire to expand further.
Burger Rush opened about a year ago on Paseo del Norte sporting a vibrant logo and grassy-hued décor while plate presentation and menu kept to the pleasantly sparse side. A second location followed in the “movie theater neighborhood” of Jefferson and Interstate 25 – perfect for choosing a local meal in lieu of the myriad chains up and down the street.
Burger Rush’s beef comes from Heritage Ranch, a program that identifies producers with impeccable standards all over the country. One of its local suppliers is 4 Daughters Land & Cattle near Los Lunas – beef from right outside of Albuquerque is something to cheer.
LOCATIONS: 4320 The 25 Way NE (near Jefferson and Interstate 25), 503-7562; 7441 Paseo del Norte NE (at Wyoming), 821-1990, www.burgerrushabq.com
HOURS: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (Paseo del Norte location closes one hour earlier)
The menu is short and to the point: four types of patties, four bun options and three deep-fried sides, with a toppings list stretching into the dozen, making flavor possibilities vast.
The single burger ($4.99) can be upgraded to a double for another $2 and then augmented with cheese or premium toppings for a dollar each. Sauce is included with each sandwich, from standard mustard or ketchup to delightfully spicy whole-grain mustard. Skip the weak chipotle sauce, but do make sure you receive whatever you’ve chosen – more than once my sandwich has come out without.