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Entry from April 01, 2013
Hamburguesa Mexicana (Mexican Burger)

Hamburguesa Mexicana (Mexican Burger) is a hamburger with cheese, ham, avocado, and often lettuce, tomatoes, beans and mayonnaise. Speedy Burger (of Houston) claims to have invented La Hamburguesa Mexicana (Mexican Burger) since about the 1970s.

“Hamburguesa Mexicana” has been on the menus of La Gloria and Tito’s Restaurant in San Antonio, TX; “Hamburger Mexicana” of Arturo’s Bar & Grill in Weslaco, TX; “La Monumental” ("the original Mexican burger") of Burguesa Burger in Denton, TX; “Mexican Burger” of Salsa Fuego in Fort Worth, TX; and “Mexican Burger” of Zamora’s Restaurant in McAllen, TX.


Speedy Burger (Houston, TX)
Speedy Burger has been a staple to the Houston burger-loving community for over 40 years. Since it was founded, this little burger joint in the Lindale Park Neighborhood in the North side of Houston has flipped over 3,000,000 patties over its existence. Though it may not be run by the original founder, this burger shack still to this day continues to use the same recipes as the first day its doors opened. These recipes have been passed down from owner to owner and now from father to daughter. This same burger joint brought a new and innovative burger to the burger scene know as, La Hamburguesa Mexicana which placed them on the top 50 burgers list of the Texas Monthly.
Menu
Mexican Burger
$5.25 .......... (combo: fries & drink) ..... $6.99
(Customer favorite since 1999) lettuce, tomato, onion, ham, white cheese, avocado, mustard, mayonnaise, jalapeño (on the side)

La Gloria (San Antonio, TX)
Hamburguesa Mexicana – Our most American dish garnished with ham, lettuce, tomato, pineapple, queso blanco, mayo & ketchup

Tito’s Restaurant (San Antonio, TX)
HAMBURGUESA MEXICANA $8.59
Hamburger patty topped with cheese, ham, sliced avocado, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Served with french fries.

Arturo’s Bar & Grill (Weslaco, TX)
Hamburger Mexicana
A hamburger served with a Mexican Twist. Beef patty topped with ham, avocado and Oaxaca cheese and served with French fries

Salsa Fuego (Fort Worth, TX)
Mexican Burger
lettuce, tomatoes, onion, sliced ham, refried beans, jalapenos, avocados, jalapeno mayo.

6 January 1996, Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution, “Don Taco,” pg. L8:
Also look for higher-calorie items such as tortas (Mexican sandwiches); flan; imported beers; and a Mexican hamburger topped with ham, avocado, lettuce, cheese and tomatoes and served with french fries.

14 September 2003, Houston (TX) Chronicle, “Ultimate Houston—Food & Drink”:
Cross a torta with a hamburger and what do you get? The improbably delicious “Mexican Burger” at a tidy little northside eatery called the Speedyburger. Maybe it’s the thin slice of ham inserted into the mix; or the way ripe avocado slices slide together with grated jack cheese and a slather of mayo. The optimum go-with is a cinnamon-dusted banana licuado, a milkshake’s more virtuous cousin.

7 March 2008, Rio Grande Valley Monitor (McAllen, TX), pg. 31F, col. 2:
On my next visit I ordered the Mexican burger with ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce, beans, tomato and avocado.
(Zamora’s Restaurant in McAllen—ed.)

Serious Eats—A Hamburger Today
The 50 Best Burgers in Texas from ‘Texas Monthly’
Robyn Lee
JUL 23, 2009
6:30 PM
(...)
48. Speedy’s Burger, Houston, Hamburguesa Mexicana

urbanspoon—Houston
Speedy Burger - Hamburguesa Mexicana
Hamburguesa Mexicana
by Howard Larsson.
April 9, 2011

Pegasus News
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Restaurant review: Burguesa Burger in Denton
by Nadia Hill of North Texas Daily, Alison Matlock of North Texas Daily
Burguesa Burger is exactly what it sounds like: Mexican meets classic Texas-style grub in the form of typical ballpark fare.
(...)
Their signature burger, La Monumental – the original Mexican burger – is monstrously equipped with two beef patties, two slices of cheese, ham, a crunchy tostada, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and a special creamy sauce.

urbanspoon—San Antonio
La Gloria - Hamburguesa Mexicana
Hamburguesa Mexicana
by I am Urbanspoon.
June 22, 2012

City-Data Forum—Texas
Cheeseburger with Ham
07-28-2012, 06:37 PM
debzkidz
Not in TX, but if you ever make it north to Oklahoma City or Tulsa, there’s a chain here called Ron’s Hamburgers and Chii, and they serve burgers with ham.

07-28-2012, 10:13 PM
WtxScott
Yes! In Monahans, Tx! Super burger on sealy ave. I travel the entire country for work and this small west Texas drive inn has one of the best burgers iv ever had! Everytime I pass though I have to stop and get me a ham cheese burger!

07-28-2012, 10:54 PM
texan55
A lot of mexican burger stands will offer a burger with a slice of ham.

YouTube
Hamburguesa Mexicana
Chef Gama Coronado
Published on Oct 31, 2012
Como prepeparar una rica hamburguesa Mexicana

Twitter
Katharine Shilcutt
‏@kshilcutt
Hamburguesa mexicana y papas con queso at Taconmadre: All-American Tex-Mex. http://twitpic.com/c60v5x http://twitpic.com/c60v6j
6:27 PM - 22 Feb 13

Houston (TX) Press—Eating...Our Words
Burgers Off the Beaten Path: Taqueria Taconmadre
By Katharine Shilcutt Mon., Mar. 4 2013 at 9:00 AM
(...)
As its name would imply, the hamburguesa mexicana comes with a slew of traditionally Tex-Mex toppings sandwiched between the otherwise average patty and buns: plush slices of avocado, tangy crema and a garishly yellow coating of slippery queso that would look equally at home atop a pile of ballpark nachos. In turn, the shredded lettuce and pale tomatoes could do double-duty on a torta. The burger would probably be better served on buttery telera bread, but that’s not the point. In a final amusingly literal twist, the hamburger is also draped with a single, salty slice of ham.

Houston (TX) Press
Burgers Off the Beaten Path: Speedy Burger, Plausible Inventor of the Hamburguesa Mexicana
By Katharine Shilcutt Wed., Apr. 3 2013 at 6:00 AM
(...)
COMMENTS
kshilcutt
Robb Walsh reminded me on Twitter this morning that the hamburguesa mexicana may very well have its roots in the hamburguesa estilo Monterrey: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2009/02/_what_exactly_is_a.php

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Monday, April 01, 2013 • Permalink