REVIEW: Whataburger Green Chile Double

Written by | January 11, 2011

Topics: 8 Rating, Fast Food, Whataburger

Whataburger Green Chile Double

Whataburger restaurants are currently only located in ten states, all in the southern part of the United States, and I happen to be privileged enough to live in one of them. For those of you who live in the other 40 states, consider Whataburger something to look forward to when you take your cross-country road trip on the run from the Feds. For those of you living in Hawaii, I don’t know what to tell you. You’re on an island and Dog the Bounty Hunter lives there. There is no escape. You have no Whataburger to run to.

Another aspect of this product I’m reviewing, which, in case you have a handicap that prevents you from reading post titles, is the Whataburger Green Chile Double, is the green chiles. I live in a world where you can go to the grocery store and there’s a man outside roasting green chiles. He will give them to you straight off the grill, charred to perfection. I realize that many of you may not have this luxury. Instead of seeing this review as an act of torture as I dangle this hamburger in your face, consider myself an ambassador of Whataburger and roasted green chiles. As long as this burger doesn’t suck. In that case, consider yourself warned. And fortunate.

Whataburger is what I would consider to be high-end fast food. Way better than, say, McDonald’s, but not quite up to the quality of In-N-Out or Five Guys. You’ll wait a little longer at the drive thru, but it’s worth it. The hamburger patties are large and taste like actual hamburger, the ingredients always seem fresh, and the buns are tasty. Their fries are pretty standard fast food fries, but they make a country gravy I use as a fry dip that makes everything okay. Note to other fast food restaurants, offer a delicious country gravy on your menu and much will be forgiven.

We’re not here to talk about gravy, although I could probably write a disgusting amount of words about it. We’re here to talk about the Green Chile Double. Here’s what Whataburger had to say about it in the email they sent me:

“Whataburger’s new Green Chile Double stacks up two 100% pure American beef patties, two kinds of cheese and roasted green chiles. Come try one today. Hurry, it’s here for a limited time only.”

Whataburger Green Chile Double Halves

Limited time only. Three words I can never resist. Roasted green chiles, three more words I find difficult to ignore. I was more than ready to put my car in park at the drive-thru window to wait for this burger. I might have been more cranky if it had been summertime and 115 degrees outside. Living in green chile territory does have its disadvantages.

It was worth the wait, however, because the Green Chile Double is freakin’ delicious. Whataburger scores as usual for having great patties and fluffy buns. Fluffy Buns was my stage name back when I was a stripper, but that’s neither here nor there. Their burgers are already quite sizable, and making it a Double meant that I had almost half a burger left to enjoy the next day. Whataburger plays hard-to-get by not telling me what the two cheeses on the burger are, but I’m guessing American and Monterey Jack. They added a nice creaminess to go with the burger.

But that’s all pedestrian. The real star here are the chiles. They definitely didn’t skimp on them, which is good, because they add a nice little crunch and the perfect amount of heat. They’re roughly chopped, and you can actually see the char marks on the pieces, which means they really have been roasted. The crunch and that organic heat is what makes this burger stand out from just a regular burger. Whataburger does offer jalapeños on their regular menu as a topping, but green chiles have a different flavor and spice.

My one complaint would be that, while the green chiles do make the Green Chile Double different from other burgers, if you take them off, you’ve just got a standard Double Whataburger. They haven’t exactly reinvented the wheel. That said, roasted green chiles are a pretty unique topping, but they are just a topping after all.

After doing a little research, I discovered that the Green Chile Double is only available at restaurants in 2.5 of the 10 states that have Whataburgers. The rest get a Steak Sauce Double. I gotta say, I think we got the better deal. So when you’re cruising across the country using a fake identity in hopes of losing the fuzz, make sure to stop in west Texas, New Mexico, or Arizona. Make sure to commit that felony soon, though, since the Green Chile Double ain’t gonna wait around for you to hide that body.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 burger/382 grams – 1,020 calories, 570 calories from fat, 64 grams of total fat, 26 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 165 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,867 milligrams of sodium, 66 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of dietary fiber, 13 grams of sugars and 50 grams of protein.)

Item: Whataburger Green Chile Double
Price: $4.74
Size: 1 burger
Purchased at: Whataburger
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Roasted green chiles had char, added nice crunch and perfect heat. Fast food that serves country gravy. Big, juicy burger patties. Living in green chile territory. Creamy, melty cheese held everything together.
Cons: Definitely not for someone on a diet. Dog the Bounty Hunter. Take off the green chiles and you just have a regular cheeseburger. Fluffy Buns, stripper extraordinaire. Burger only available in 2.5 states.






25 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. amanda says:

    I use to live in one of those states that have Whataburger in it and I miss them so much. It was a great place to get drunkin’ food at night/ early morning. Anyway, this burger sounds really good because of the spicy green chilis. The hotter the better for me.

  2. ripp_t says:

    I heard the ad for this on the radio and I was really, REALLY tempted, but the last time I was at Whataburger there was so much sodium in the burger I couldn’t finish it… and that’s a heckuva lotta fat grams lurking underneath all that good looking green chili. There’s plenty of great diners around here (shout out to the Owl Cafe) that make a mean green chile cheeseburger. I think I’ll pass on this one.

  3. Orchid64 says:

    I don’t even like hamburgers (not a fan of beef) and I’d so try this. Green chiles! Yum!

  4. Monica says:

    This doesn’t look appetizing in the slightest, so I’m surprised your review was so high. There are a few Whataburger’s here, but they’re at least a 30 minute drive.

    • Kelley says:

      Don’t judge a book by its cover. I’m not a food photographer, which means the food in the picture often looks…not great, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good.

  5. Hominygrits says:

    Dangit, I’m in the 50% of Tejas that’s stuck with the “Steak Sauce Double”.

  6. Fontania says:

    I’m in Texas, do I fall in the 2.5 states? Also, you “made it a double” so does that mean you got 4 patties instead of the standard 2? Cause I only make out three in the picture!

    • Kelley says:

      You can check where you fall in Texas here: http://whataburger.com/menu_and_nutrition.php

      I didn’t actually make it a double. It comes as a double, hence the name. There’s only two patties on the burger shown, but you could probably convince them to put one, three, five or seventeen if you wished. I’m not sure how extreme Whataburger is willing to go to satisfy the customer.

      • Fontania says:

        Yeah, I see it’s 2 now, the grill mark confused me!

        Sadly, I live in the section that got the Steak Sauce Double instead. :(

  7. LauraFizzpop says:

    Aww dingdangit. I’m on with Hominygrits in the wrong half of Texas! The green chile burger sounds much yummier than the renamed (but still kind of gross) A1 Thick and Hearty burger. We don’t even get a new burger…just a brand-neuter one. Harrumph.

    Oh well…nothing beats a double with cheddar cheese, bacon, bbq sauce, mustard and grilled jalapenos and onions anyway. Or a potato bacon and cheese taquito with grilled jalapenos. Mmmm…delicious hangover cures.

    • Kelley says:

      I had that thought, about the Steak Sauce Double just being a renamed A1 Thick & Hearty. They retired the latter forever (supposedly) so I guess they had to think of a different name? I’ll never know since I don’t live in those regions.

  8. Nhiro says:

    Yesssss, a Whataburger review! I live in Texas and this burger sounds delicious. Unfortunately, I too am stuck with the boring Steak Sauce Double (lame). Sadness was had by all.

    That’s alright, though. I’ll just have to wait for the Honey BBQ Chicken Strip sandwich to roll back around.

  9. Kelley says:

    Man, all you west Texans need to get together, rent an awesome van with a dragon on it, and make a trip east. That would be fun to explain to your spouse/parent: “Yeah, I’m gonna take a road trip with a bunch of people I only know because of an Internet food review and we’re gonna go to Whataburger!” I bet it would go over fabulously.

  10. Chuck says:

    Yum. Green Chile is the bomb, and I grew up in New Mexico so I’m fully qualified to say that. I might have to go get one of these for dinner, if my Texas location Whataburger is offering them. I agree they make a damn fine burger, only ones I’ve had that are better are Five Guys and In-N-Out.

  11. Marvo says:

    One of these days someone is going to make a bridge from Hawaii to the mainland.

  12. Steve says:

    A Whataburger opened up down the road from me and I never went. Apparently no one did because now it’s closed. I think I would enjoy this burger. Someday.

  13. Chuck says:

    Oh FFS we’re stuck with the steak sauce double here. And they do sell green chile in this area, my favorite Mexican restaurant has a wide variety of it and it’s on sale every fall in the grocery stores. Oh well. I got my usual bacon cheeseburger with added jalepenos instead.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    YUM! This was so delicious! I cannot believe all of Texas doesn’t get to enjoy this. So happy it is here in Corpus.

  15. James Stewart says:

    Good stuff, but perhaps you don’t have an In and Out Burger close, otherwise you’d recognize it for what it is. I mean it’s a darn good burger or shake, but their fries are pathetic and Whataburger’s burgers, fries, breakfast, onion rings, chicken, gravy . . . holy crap Whataburger’s fantastic…

    • Kelley says:

      Have to agree, never liked In-n-Out’s fries…actually, I usually don’t get fries at all from fast food joints, but I cannot resist dipping Whataburger’s into their awesome gravy.



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