2014 Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge Application

NMSF Annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge to Take Place Monday, September 15

Local restaurants compete for title of Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in New Mexico

WHAT:     2014 NMSF Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge

NMSF Annual Special Event

In association with

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture


WHEN:        Event – Monday, September 15th – in the afternoon

WHERE:      Main Street, Agriculture Building Courtyard

– New Mexico State Fair – Albuquerque

WHO:          New Mexico restaurants are eligible

Entry:         Deadline to enter contest is 5:00PM August 13th




  • Participation is limited to 10 established restaurants that do business and pay taxes in New Mexico and are located within New Mexico.  If there are more than 10 entries, a drawing by lot will determine the contestants.*


  • Entrants must provide their own cooking equipment and materials including grill, ingredients and a canopy no larger than 12 X 12 to cover the food prep area.  Canopies: ‘pop-up’ tents must be made of a flame retardant fabric which includes the manufacturer’s tag affixed on the fabric stating as such.


  • Each competitor will be allowed 4 personnel within the confined area.  They will be given necessary gate passes for the day.  One vehicle will also be allowed entry through Gate 6 for setup.  The vehicle must be moved to the designated parking area before the competition.


  • Competitors are encouraged to decorate their canopies to gain promotional representation and so the general public will know who is cooking and prepping for the contest.


  • Participants will be allowed access to the area at 8:00AM on the day of the contest in order to be ready for inspections by appropriate health, and safety agency representatives starting at 1:00PM.


  • Once all contestants have passed inspection, an order to “fire up your grill” will be given at approximately 3:30PM. This will allow contestants to “test cook” and prepare for the contest.




  • Each participant will be notified in advance of the time when the judges will taste their entry.


  • Cooking will be done outdoors on a closed, self contained propane grill within the confines of the competition area on Main Street, Agriculture Building Courtyard.


  • The Fair will provide necessary fire extinguishers and trash receptacles. Potable water is available in the area.


  • All burger cooking must be done on-site during the competition.


  • All ingredients must promote New Mexico agribusiness and include a meat or vegetable patty, cheese and Green Chile.  Optional ingredients and any condiments may be used.  Ingredients can be “premixed” and do not have to be disclosed.


  • GREEN CHILE must be from a New Mexico ‘home grown’ location.

  • Lineup/cooking position will be determined by lot, which will be done after all entrants have been chosen and qualified.


  • A $25 fee must accompany all applications and is non-refundable.


  • Entries must be received by Wednesday, August 13th at 5:00pm.


  • The drawing for positions will be held on Tuesday, August 19th and contestants will be notified at that time.


  • The competition area will be secured for the protection of the public.


  • Judging will occur in the courtyard of the Agriculture Building in close proximity to the NMDA Country Store.


  • Individual complete burgers must be delivered to four judges who will sample portions at staggered times so they are hot and juicy.  The entry is one complete burger.


  • The competition requires adherence to prevailing codes and rules of the New Mexico State Fair, the New Mexico State Fire Marshal and the New Mexico Environment Department.