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Search begins for Iowa’s best burger

By Staff | Mar 12, 2017

AMES – Iowa’s cattle producers are asking their fellow Iowans to help find Iowa’s Best Burger in 2017. In this year’s quest, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are seeking nominations – gourmet or down-home style.

This is the eighth year the two groups are holding the annual Iowa’s Best Burger contest, which officially started Monday.

All nominations must be in the IBIC office by 5 p.m. on March 13.

Brooke German, director of marketing for the IBIC said, “to qualify to be named Iowa’s Best Burger, the burger must be a 100 percent beef burger and served on a bun or bread product.

“Although burgers are often standard fare, we know from experience that the winners of this contest serve outstanding burgers.”

In order to recognize these great burgers, IBIC and ICA are asking Iowans to nominate their favorite burger for the award, and those nominations can be made by mail, text, or online.

Details about the contest, rules, and nomination forms are available on the Iowa Beef Industry Council’s website, www.iabeef.org.

Burger lovers can also find a link to the online nomination form at the Iowa Beef Council Facebook page; or by texting BEEF to 313131. Photos of your favorite burger can be shared socially using #IABestBurger.

German noted that the top 10 restaurants with the most votes are eligible for the title of Iowa’s Best Burger. The top 10 finalists will be announced on March 20. Finalists will receive a certificate and will be eligible for the secret taste-test of contest judges.

The 2017 Best Burger in Iowa will be announced on May 1 and will kick-off May Beef Month.

“The Best Burger contest uses checkoff dollars to showcase some of Iowa’s best restaurants and best burgers,” said Steve Rehder, chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council.”

“Every year, we have some loyal followers who make it a point to visit the top 10 restaurants and taste the best beef patties Iowa has to offer.”

In 2016, more than 6,200 nominations for 311 restaurants were received in the contest. The final winners in previous years are: 2016 The Chuckwagon Restaurant, Adair; 2015 The Cider House, Fairfield; 2014 Brick City Grill, Ames; 2013 61 Chop House Grille, Mediapolis; 2012 Coon Bowl III, Coon Rapids; 2011 Rusty Duck, Dexter; 2010 Sac County Cattle Co., Sac City.

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