Ankeny Diner

(no checks)
133 SE Delaware
Ankeny, IA 50021
515-964-7851
Website

BeerBurger

575 Cameron Way
North Liberty, IA 52317

Website

BW's Burgers

(no checks)
3701 EP True Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265
515-327-7007
Facebook

Doc's Stadium Bar & Grill

113 N Chestnut Street
Jefferson, IA 50129
515-386-2111
Facebook

Down Right Delicious

120 S 15th St
Clarinda, IA 51632
712-542-6319
Facebook

Elm's Club

108 N Elm
Creston, IA 50801
641-782-2615
Facebook

Saucy Focaccia

(no checks)
5100 Fountain Dr NE Ste 100
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411
319-294-6772
Website

Smokin' Hereford BBQ

1605 W Milwaukee Ave
Storm Lake, IA 50588
712-213-3750
Facebook

The Irish Shanti

17455 Gunder Rd
Elgin, IA 52141
563-864-9289
Website

Vaughn's Cafe & Bakery

112 E Washington Street
Clarina, IA 51632
712-542-3323
Website



The Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) are proud to announce the 8th annual Iowa’s Best Burger Contest. Nominations will be taken from Monday, February 13 to Monday, March 13, 2017.

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, or mail between February 13, 2017 and March 13, 2017.  All nominations must be received in our office before 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017.
    • To enter online:  Log onto www.iabeef.org.  Click on the Iowa’s Best Burger icon. Follow the on-screen directions to submit your nomination. 
    • To enter by U.S. postal mail:  Complete the “Iowa’s Best Burger Contest” nomination form available at www.iabeef.org. Mail completed form to: Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa’s Best Burger Contest, PO Box 451, Ames, IA 50010. All paper nomination forms must be received in our office on or before 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017 to be considered.  Nomination forms received after that time will not be counted.
    • To enter by text:  Text BEEF to the number 313131 to cast your nomination.  An immediate reply text will be sent directing you to an online nomination form. 
  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 13, 2017. 
  4. A restaurant may only win Iowa’s Best Burger Contest one time.
  5. The Sponsors (IBIC and ICA) retain the discretion to make all decisions regarding the interpretation of these Official Rules.  All decisions of the Sponsors are final and discretionary.

To follow Iowa’s Best Burger Contest, LIKE the Iowa Beef Council on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  You are encouraged to post a photo of your favorite burger on social media using #IABestBurger.


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 2016 Iowa’s 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 – 10%
    • Medium doneness, internal temperature reaches 160° F. 
  • Overall – 10%

Past Winners

2016's Winner was the Chuckwagon Restaurant in Adair!

Visit the past year's contest results