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The search begins for Iowa’s best burger

Feb 13, 2018

AMES — Iowa’s cattle producers are asking their fellow Iowans to help find Iowa’s Best Burger in 2018. In this year’s quest, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are encouraging you to nominate your favorite burger, whether it’s gourmet or down-home style, as long as it is a 100 percent beef patty and served on a bun or bread product.

This is the ninth year the two groups are holding the annual Iowa’s Best Burger contest, which officially kicked off Monday. The nomination period will close at 5 p.m. on March 12.

“We are excited to begin the search for this year’s best burger in Iowa,” commented Katie Olthoff, director of communications for the ICA. “This year, our goal is to get new restaurants involved in the contest. We know we have many restaurants across the state serving a great beef burger.”

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 online or by text. Details about the contest, rules, and the voting form 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.

“Restaurants can download a digital tool kit including promotional materials for the contest from IBIC’s website at iabeef.org to promote the contest to their customers,” said Brooke German, director of marketing for the IBIC. “The promotional materials can be used in their restaurants or online such as their social media platforms.”

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 19. Finalists will receive a certificate and will be eligible for the secret taste-test of contest judges. The 2018 Best Burger in Iowa will be announced on May 1 with the kickoff of May Beef Month in Iowa.

“Funded by the Iowa State Beef Checkoff program, this contest not only promotes Iowa’s restaurants serving great beef burgers, but also Iowa’s beef farmers producing safe, wholesome and nutritious products for consumers,” said Steve Rehder, chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council. “It is a great partnership between the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council to promote Iowa’s beef industry which generates an estimated $6.03 billion in economic activity in the state.”

In 2017, nearly 9,200 nominations for 500 restaurants were received in the contest. The final winners in previous years are: 2017 — The Smokin’ Hereford BBQ, Storm Lake; 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 Company, Sac City.

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