7 restaurants in San Antonio that serve up a great Mexican hamburger (hamburger) or salchiburger

Burgers are a South Texas red-blooded lifestyle. Whether it’s simple and classic with little more than lettuce, tomatoes, and onions on top of a fluffy pie or a chubby extravaganza loaded with sumptuous cheese, bacon, and a plate of foie gras, we love them all here in San Antonio.

And thanks to our burger-loving friends across the border, we have a wide selection of burger style we haven’t seen in many other parts of the country: Hamburgsa Mexicana. This style of burger varies widely in San Antonio, but one thing is almost always the same: hamburgers generally put “pork” in the hamburger, with a slice or two of grilled cured ham on top of the beef patty. Other forms of pork protein such as sausage, sausage or even salami can also be found here.

How exactly the hamburger came to be is hotly debated with more than a dozen camps claiming the invention of the dish in the late 1800s. The only constant among these claims is that the hamburger almost certainly originated in the United States, and may have been a variant of a ground beef-based dish known as Hamburg steak from Germany, although this later point has been contested by some.

True to food tradition, burgers made their way to Mexico in the 1930s and soon began absorbing local flavors and ingredients such as Mexican cheese, chorizo ​​and other sausages, chilies, avocado, pineapple, and more.

While the evolution of Hamburgisa Mexicana is as obscure as the history of many beloved foodstuffs, this one is crystal clear: By the 1980s, it was a popular street food across northern Mexico, as David Martinez, owner of the Mexican food truck on San Antonio Cowboy Street Kitchen, raised.

“When I was growing up, I would go to stalls in Juarez to sell them,” Martinez said. The hamburgers of his youth closely resemble the Cowboy Burger served in his food truck, which is topped with roast pork and a pair of sausages — you’ll usually see them listed as “whens” at restaurants serving hamburgers — that have been sliced ​​lengthwise and seared.

For Martinez, the allure of hamburgisa comes from the combination of strong flavors. “It’s meat, ham, wine, mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomatoes all together,” he said. “I just love them.”

A distinctive variation of hamburguesa Mexicana can be found in the many specialty restaurants of Pollos asados. Usually listed as a “salchiburger,” these gut-wrenching concoctions are topped with ham and large, meaty sausages (“salchicha” in Spanish) that have been split and grilled.

If you haven’t explored the large selection of Mexican hamburgers in town, now is the time to get started. Here is a guide to seven restaurants in the area that offer unique and distinct variations on hamburguesa Mexicana.

Salchiburger at Al Carbon Pollos Asados

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Al Carbon Pollos Asados

Located along Culebra Rd just east of Interstate 10, this restaurant might specialize in red-brick asados, but don’t miss the burgers if you have a craving for beef rather than chicken.

The salchiburger ($9.25) starts here with a roast beef patty, then things get exciting. It’s topped with sticky cheese, grilled onions, grilled pork chop, and most importantly, vibrant red-colored sausage, sliced ​​lengthwise and grilled, all covered.

It was a huge meat festival, where sausage added delicious flavor and savory texture to every bite.

Al Carbon Pollos Asados, 547 Culebra Road, 210-550-1589; 403 Culebra Rd., 210-467-5155; 13835 Nacogdoches Road, 210-686-9027, alcarbonsatx.com, Facebook: ALCARBONPOLLOSADOS

Emparazada Burger (left) and Huayana Burger at Chagos

Emparazada Burger (left) and Huayana Burger at Chagos

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chago

If you like a smash burger with a hard crust and very crunchy edges, Chago’s is the place for you. The chefs at this northeast side restaurant near Wurzbach Parkway had a perfect mastery of the tray, resulting in one of the most delicious and textured pancakes we’ve ever sampled. Chago’s has seven types of hamburgers.

The most popular was the Embarazada (stand) burger ($8.99), guaranteed to leave you with baby food, as it’s filled with two burgers, sliced ​​bacon, salami, crunchy bacon, carne asada, and Trumbo ham slices plus cheese, avocado, lettuce, and tomatoes. . For good measure, jalapeno peppers filled with cheese were placed on top of that pile of meat, all just barely holding on to a plastic sandwich sword.

Chago’s, 11827 Perrin Beitel Road, 210-637-9815, Facebook: TACOS CHAGOS

Hamburgero Mexicana (left) and Trumbo burger at La Tacuria de Monterrey

Hamburgero Mexicana (left) and Trumbo burger at La Tacuria de Monterrey

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La Tacuria de Monterrey

The beef patties at this restaurant’s original Hillcrest location were prepared smashburger style, resulting in a thinner burger with plenty of crunchy bits around the edges. Instead of the typical chips and tomato-based sauce, diners are welcomed with a basket of seasoned chicharrones de harina and a trio of homemade chile-made sauces.

The traditional Hamburgisa Mexicana La Taquería de Monterrey ($9.99) hit all the right notes with roast pork, avocado, and bacon. But the real star of the show was the Trumbo burger ($9.99), which added a hefty portion of tasty pork tenderloin cut from a rotating Trumbo.

La Tacuria de Monterrey, 2715 Hillcrest Drive, 210-994-8686; 6565 Babcock Road, Suite 26, 210-688-4802, lataqueriademonterrey.com, Facebook: @www.lataqueriademonterrey.net

The Hamburguesa Mexicana at Los Azulejos Restaurante Bar

The Hamburguesa Mexicana at Los Azulejos Restaurante Bar

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Los Azulejos . Restaurant Bar

At this upscale restaurant in Castle Hills, there is only one burger option – and it was one of the offerings. The Hamburgesa Mexicana ($18.99) was dressed in a thick layer of sticky Oaxaca cheese covering an 8-ounce juicy piece and stained red from a pile of chorizo ​​on top. Roasted pork, guacamole, and tender greens complete the flavor profile, resulting in our sampling of the deluxe burger.

Arrived with a juicy twist on a huge wooden cutting board topped with jalapeños and pickled onions and a tin cup filled with crunchy French fries.

Los Azulejos Restaurante Bar, 2267 NW Military Highway, Suite 101, 210-281-4500, losazulejosrestaurant.com, Facebook: losazulejosrestaurantebar

Cowboy Burger at Mexican Cowboy Street Kitchen

Cowboy Burger at Mexican Cowboy Street Kitchen

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Cowboy Street Mexican Kitchen

As the name of this food truck parked on the far west side of town suggests, the Cowboy Burger ($8.50) was the scene stealing three types of meat in its buns. The burger patties were full of delicious flavor and I got a savory, salty boost from a steak of grilled ham and a pair of lengthwise sliced ​​and seared hot dogs before piling on that patty with American cheese and a hint of aioli.

If you prefer a pinch of salt, opt for the Hawaiian Burger ($8.50), which skips the roasted sausage in favor of sweet and sour pineapple. If all that sounds like too much, you can also order a classic American-style hamburger dressed in all the regular accessories.

Cowboy Street Kitchen Mexican Restaurant, 12995 Putranco Rd., 210-322-4429, Facebook: Cowboy Street Kitchen Mexican Restaurant

Salchiburger in Pollos Asados ​​Los Norteños

Salchiburger in Pollos Asados ​​Los Norteños

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Asados ​​Los Norteños

Famous for its delicious and juicy blue succulents, this East Side establishment on Rigsby Street near Loop 410 also makes its way around burgers with four options on the menu that will leave you covered in meaty juices right down to your elbows.

The Norteño Burger ($9.29) was a solid place to start, featuring a beef patty topped with grilled ham, melted asadero cheese, avocado slices, and grilled onions. To up the ante, go for the salchiburger ($9.79), which has been raised to a mile high by adding grilled sausage. Los Norteños also offers a variation on the classic San Antonio Bean Burger ($8.89) that features dried beans, chipotle cheese sauce, and pico de gallo on top of a beef patty.

Pollos Asados ​​Los Norteños (multiple locations) 4642 Rigsby Ave., 210-648-3303; 4822 Walzem Road, 210-481-4168, polloslosnortenos.com, Facebook: thepollosasados

The Wicho in Hawaii (left) and Wicho's Mexi-Cali Burger at Wicho's Mexican Deli

The Wicho in Hawaii (left) and Wicho’s Mexi-Cali Burger at Wicho’s Mexican Deli

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Wicho .’s Mexican Food

West Side Café brings comfort and nostalgia into every bite of a burger. The angus meat patties were well marinated and grilled over a crunchy heat on the outside while remaining tender and juicy on the inside. The sponge buns were toasted to a dark brown color and provided an audible crunch that lasted the life of the burger.

You’ll find many different types of hamburgers here, and Weizhou’s best-selling Mexican Cali burger ($6 for a single patty, $8.39 for a double) is a good place to start. It came with roast pork, jalapeños, pickles, thick slices of avocado and Monterey Jack cheese for flavor and creamy texture. He substituted Wicho’s Hawaiian burger ($7 for one, $9.29 for double) for a sharper Swiss jack cheese, and added bacon and a pile of grilled pineapple slices to balance out the sweet, salty, and tart flavors.

Wicho’s Mexican Deli, 1110 N. Zarzamora St., 210-396-7539, wichosdeli.com, Facebook: @wichos.deli

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