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World famous green chile cheeseburger

We found it and we didn't even know we were looking.

New Mexico's best green chile cheeseburger

And the best prickly pear lemonade you'll ever have.

Let me back up a few years.

In 2015, we were driving back home to Kansas City after a week in sunny Sahaurita, Arizona with my mom. Headed east on Interstate 10, we cut off onto New Mexico's 26 N and followed our noses to Sparky's in Hatch, NM - The Chile Capital of the World.

A "kitschy burger joint with vintage flair", the menu, coffee, and decor at Sparky's will have you coming back for more.

A pit-stop here is well worth it, no matter the time of day. We've been known to stop here just an hour after having eaten breakfast. To-go is an option.

Eat at Sparky's just off of I-25 in Hatch, New Mexico! World Famous Green Chile Cheeseburger, BBQ, shakes, espresso, and prickly pear lemonade in the Chile Capital

5 reasons not to skip Sparky's in Hatch, NM:

  1. World famous green chile cheeseburger. On your second visit, give the Oinker a whirl: Hatch green chile cheeseburger topped with a healthy helping of smoked pulled pork.

  2. Great BBQ plates. Go for the People’s Choice (pulled pork, sliced Brisket, smoked sausage + center cut pork spare rib)

  3. Refreshing hand-squeezed lemonades. I had the daily special: a super yummy Prickly Pear. Ask for the El Rojo (Guajillo chile + mango) if you're feeling adventurous.

  4. Delicious milkshakes. They've got the usuals, plus the Green Chile Shake (made with fresh Hatch green chiles of course) and the Sassy Strawberry Shake (Guajillo + frozen strawberries).

  5. Creative espresso drinks. Shoot for the Milky Way (caramel, chocolate, vanilla + espresso) or Melinda's Moon Beam Melinda’s Moon Beam (white chocolate + Espresso).

  6. Live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Aim for visiting some time between 12:30 - 3:30 pm. Check here for events.

  7. Outdoor and indoor seating. Have it your way. And trust me, if you see a long line, it's worth it. They keep it moving.

Check out Sparky's full menu here.

More about Sparky's

115 Franklin St, Hatch, NM 87937


THU-SUN: 10:30 AM - 7PM


Closed the following holidays: New Year's Day, 3:00pm Super Bowl Sunday, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Day.

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