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Less Than Two Weeks to Nominate Iowa’s Best Burger

Kylie Peterson | February 27, 2019

Contact: Kylie Peterson, Director of Marketing and Communications, Iowa Beef Industry Council, 515-296-2305

Katie Olthoff, Director of Communications, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, 515-296-2266

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AMES, IOWA – There is still time to nominate your favorite burger for this year’s Iowa’s Best Burger Contest. The annual contest sponsored by the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) is looking to award this title to the best burger in the state.

“Our goal is to surpass last year’s total of nearly 10,000 nominations,” says Kylie Peterson, Director of Marketing for the IBIC. “It’s a really tight race, so be sure to cast your vote to help push your favorite to the Top 10.”

Nominations are being accepted online at iabeef.org. The nomination period closes at 5:00 p.m. on March 11.

Details about the contest, rules, and nomination forms 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.

The quest to find Iowa’s best burger began on February 11. To qualify for the title, burgers must be a 100% beef patty, served on a bun or bread product and cooked to 160° F doneness.

The 10 restaurants with the most votes will be named on March 19. In addition to receiving the title of one of the Top 10 best burgers in the state, these finalists qualify for the title of Iowa’s Best Burger.  A secret panel of judges will visit each of these restaurants to taste and judge their burger to help us determine the winner.

“This contest is a great way to celebrate beef and the 28,000 beef producers in Iowa,” said Katie Olthoff, Director of Communications for ICA. “Our cattlemen and women raise a great tasting product that all Iowans can be proud of.”

In 2018, more than 10,000 nominations for nearly 700 restaurants were received in the contest. The final winners in previous years are: 2018 – Café Baudelaire, Ames; 2017 – The Smokin’ Hereford, 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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About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”

About the Iowa Beef Industry Council:  About the Iowa Beef Industry Council: The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head National Beef Checkoff Program and the $0.50-per-head Iowa State Beef Checkoff. Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand. For more information, visit www.iabeef.org.