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Iowa Triumphs 2022 Burger Battle

Kylie Peterson | June 18, 2022

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

Where is the home of the best burger? We asked this question a couple of weeks ago in search of an answer. With the help of the Iowa Beef and New York Beef Councils, that exact question has finally been answered. Each state sent forth its best burger to compete in a burger battle competition.

On June 6th, this intense bragging rights competition began. Burger lovers voted for their favorite burger, either The Flying Elbow in Iowa or Ale n’ Angus Pub in New York. 

The voting period closed on June 13th at 11:59 PM and the results were tallied. With a total of 2,953 votes, the winner of this burger battle is the state in the heart of the midwest, Iowa!

The “Tombstone” smashburger from The Flying Elbow swept the polls and took home the title of the Burger Battle Champion. New York received 1,120 votes for their burger. This is the second year Iowa’s Best Burger winner has won this friendly competition. 

We highly encourage you to head over to The Flying Elbow in Marshalltown, Iowa, and order the “Tombstone” smashburger. The burger itself features a blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib, which is fresh, never frozen, and sourced from Midwest cattle. It also contains Wagyu beef, raised by a Marshalltown producer. It is topped with Manchego cheese, guacamole, bacon, sour cream, shredded lettuce, tomato, and death valley hot sauce on the side. It, however, can be dressed in multiple different ways. Making this combination unlike any other.

They can also be found serving their award-winning burger at the Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, August 12th starting at 10 AM, while supplies last. Learn more about the 2022 Iowa’s Best Burger winner at


About Iowa’s Best Burger: The Iowa’s Best Burger Contest is sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and funded in-part by the Iowa Beef Industry Council through the Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program.

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

About Best New York Burger: The New York Best Burger Contest is made possible sponsored by NYBC and made possible by funding from IBIC.

About the New York Beef Council: The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The Beef Checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB), which administers the national Beef Checkoff program, subject to USDA approval. Consumer-focused and producer-directed, the CBB and its State Beef Council partners are the marketing organization for the largest segment of the food and fiber industry.

About the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 8,000 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.”