EAGLE PASS, Texas – When you find yourself on the boundary of our big ol’ state, be sure to hit the brakes and make a beeline for the closest burger. About 100 yards from the border of Mexico there’s place we’re told has got the best burgers on the border – Border Burger!
Vilma Sanchez has been running this Eagle Pass establishment from 20 years.
The first place to get a bite to eat once you cross over to the States is here,” said Sanchez. “My burgers are the best.”
In fact these burgers are so good, they’re internationally renowned! But it’s not just the burgers that people go bonkers over. Being this close to the border, can you guess their other big seller?
“Mexican tacos. Oh, they’re delicious. The best in town,” Sanchez said.
We’re sold. After that we snuck on into the kitchen and met Beato, the cook at Border Burger.
Beato hails from Piedras Negras just across the river from Eagle Pass. For 18 years, he’s been making an international commute to make some much sought-after comida.
Today, we’re trying out the Jalapeno Burger. Nothing fancy, just the Jalapeno Burger with heaps of – you guessed it – jalapenos. Beato keeps things simple and starts things off with a simple patty with no seasoning.
Next, Beato throws a bun on then grills the onions, jalapenos and bacon. It’s safe to say things move briskly at Border Burger.
“[It takes] three to four minutes to make a burger,” said Beato.
Once the bacon is about done, it literally goes from the frying pan to the fryer. 100% American cheese is placed on the patty, and Mustard is put on the bun that’s left on the grill for the great buildup.
The burger is dressed and given a bow, but we’re not done yet.
“[There’s] one more thing you need,” Beato said. “Tacos! Right in yellow tortilla.”
Beato fries up the tortillas, puts the house-made meat mix into the middle and garnishes. You can’t beat a taco by the border.
With everything served up and ready to go, we get grubbing on the Jalapeno Burger and boy, that jalapeno’s got a kick! But it’s definitely bueno.
If there’s one thing we know for sure –the burger’s got quite a bite down here on the border.
It’s a great combination of kind of a 50s diner and a taco shack by the border. It’s got a little spice, but it has that classic flavor that you come to expect when it comes to a burger.
Of course, when you’re this close to our friends to the south, you’ve got to have a taco, and something tells us this is going to crunch.
“It’s just really good. It’s original. I mean, everything’s homemade,” said Yasmine Blanco, customer at Border Burger. “Just like something grandma would cook.”
If you’re hungry for a homemade hamburguesa, you’ve come to the right place – they’ve got everything from burgers to tacos and even salads.
“Yeah, we can make taco salads, we can make a grilled salad, we can make a grilled chicken salad,” Beato said.
So if you’re ever passing through Eagle Pass and you happen to be by the border, the Border Burger is well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List for burgers, tacos and more!