Iowa's Best Burger!

Feb 20, 2012
by WLJ

Iowa burger lovers are encouraged to join this year’s quest for Iowa’s Best Burger.

Almost every Iowa restaurant, whether it’s the neighborhood Mom and Pop joint, or an exclusive white-tablecloth establishment, has some variation of the hamburger on their menu. So for the third year, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) are kicking off their search for Iowa’s Best Burger.

The official kickoff takes place at the Iowa Beef Expo on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, and will continue through March 16.

“We’re looking for the best burger served in an Iowa restaurant,” said Elaine Utesch, a Correctionville farmer who is chairman of IBIC. Utesch, who is both a cow/calf producer and cattle feeder, said the entries need to be 100 percent beef burgers. “Although burgers are often standard fare, we know from experience that the winners of this contest serve fabulous burgers. There’s nothing standard about them.”

Details about the contest rules and nomination procedures are on the IBIC website, Nominations can also be made through the IBIC Facebook page.

Utesch noted that restaurants are a valuable partner to the beef industry. “They do a tremendous job of preparing and serving our beef products in delicious and creative ways. The burger is the all–American classic, and restaurants have done an excellent job in giving customers lots of choices when they order it.”

The more nominations a burger receives, the better are the chances that it will be on the Top 10 list announced in late March. Finalists will receive a certificate and be eligible for the secret taste-test of contest judges. The winner will be announced the first week of May to kick off Beef Month.

Last year, 275 restaurants were named by 3,500 nominations. The winner was the Rusty Duck in Dexter, while Sac County Cattle Company of Sac City won the inaugural event in 2010. — WLJ