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2014 Best Burger Contest Winner is Brick City Grill in Ames, IA - see the news release here

2014 Top 10 in alphabetical order:


Ankeny Diner

133 SE Delaware

Ankeny, IA 50021


Sunday-Thursday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

First Street Grille

719 1st St

Keosauqua, IA 52565


Open daily at 11 a.m.

Sunday brunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.



Big City Burgers and Greens

400 Locust, Suite 195

Des Moines, IA 50309


Monday- Friday: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Rides Bar & Grill

723 South 31st

Fort Dodge, IA 50501


Mon-Thur: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.



Brick City Grill - 2014 WINNER

2704 Stange Rd

Ames, IA 50010


Call for hours of operation or 
Follow their Facebook page here

Sam’s Sodas & Sandwiches

127 W 5th St

Carroll, IA 51401


Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.



Elm’s Club

108 N Elm

Creston, IA 50801


Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

The Ritz

394 North Okoboji Grove Road

Arnolds Park, IA 51331


Monday: 4 p.m. – midnight

Tuesday-Sunday: 11 a.m. – midnight



Ferg’s Lounge & My Tighe’s Restaurant

806 Hwy 30 East

Grand Junction, IA 50107


Mon-Fri: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Zombie Burger

300 E Grand Ave

Des Moines, IA 50312


Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. – midnight

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Top 10 News Release Announcement 

The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association are proud to announce the 5th annual Iowa's Best Burger Contest.  

2014 Best Burger Contest Kickoff News Release

Anyone may nominate a hamburger from an Iowa restaurant. To be eligible for the contest the hamburger must meet the following guidelines:


  1. To qualify as a hamburger, the burger must be 100% beef although other ingredients may be added to the patty (such as spices, vegetables, etc.)
  2. All burgers must be composed of a formed ground beef patty/patties served on a bun or other bread product (such as biscuits, focaccia or tortillas). Burgers may include any combination of condiments (such as ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard), sauces (such as barbeque or hot sauce), cheeses and toppings (such as bacon, onions, tomatoes and lettuce). Every component of the burger must be placed between the bun or bread pieces, or served open-faced on a bread product.


Official Rules


  1. Entries will be accepted online, by text, mail or fax between February 12, 2014 and March 17, 2014.  All nominations must be received in our office before 5 pm on Monday, March 17, 2014.
    1. To enter online:  click on the "Nominate Online" link to the left on this page.
    2. To enter by U.S. postal mail:  Complete the “Iowa’s Best Burger Contest” nomination form available at Mail completed form to: Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa’s Best Burger Contest, PO Box 451, Ames, IA 50010 or fax entry to (515)296-4873. All paper nomination forms must be received in our office on or before 5 pm on Monday, March 17, 2014 to be considered.  Nomination forms received after that time will not be counted.
    3. To enter by text:  Text BEEF to the number 313131 to cast your nomination.  An immediate reply text will be sent requesting your name, restaurant name and city/town.
  2. Burgers must be available on the nominated restaurant’s regular menu.
  3. Restaurant must be open for business by the end of the nomination period – March 17, 2014.
  4. A restaurant may only win Iowa’s Best Burger Contest one time.
  5. The Sponsors retain the discretion to make all decisions regarding the interpretation of these Official Rules.  All decisions of the Sponsors are final and discretionary.


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Selection of Finalists

Ten (10) burgers will be selected as finalists from throughout the state based on the number of nominations each restaurant receives.

  • All burgers nominated from a single restaurant will be included in that restaurant's final nomination total.
  • Restaurants who receive nominations for multiple locations will be counted per individual location, not as a total.

Judging Criteria

Selection of the 2014 Iowa' Best Burger will be conducted by an anonymous judging panel. Decision of the judges is final.  

The following guidelines will be used in judging:

  • Taste – 50%
  • Appearance and Presentation – 30%
  • Proper cooking temperature / degree of doneness – 20%
    • Medium doneness, internal temperature reaches 160° F

2014 Official Rules (PDF) 

Visit the past year's contest results


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