Iowans: you choose Iowa’s best burger!

Feb 22, 2013
by WLJ

Whether it’s gourmet or down-home, the hamburger is a staple of most Iowa restaurants. In this year’s quest to find the best burger made in the state, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) are encouraging you to nominate the burger that you think is Iowa’s Best Burger.

This is the fourth year the two groups are holding the annual contest. All nominations must be in the IBIC office by 5 p.m. on March 18.

“We’re looking for the best burger served in an Iowa restaurant,” says Scott Niess, an Osage cattle farmer who is chairman of IBIC.

Niess says 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 are well-above standard, and serve outstanding burgers. Finding these great burgers depends on Iowans choosing their favorites, and nominating them,” he says.

Details about the contest rules and nomination procedures are on IBIC’s website, A nominations form can also be found at the IBIC Facebook page, Iowa Beef Council; or you can text BEEF to 313131 and receive information about submitting a nomination.

Niess 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 Ten’ 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, 4,250 nominations for 212 restaurants were received in the contest. The final winners in previous years are:

2012 – Coon Bowl III, Coon Rapids

2011 – Rusty Duck, Dexter

2010 – Sac County Cattle Company, Sac City — WLJ