There’s 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 and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is looking to award this title to the best burger in the state. Beef Industry Council marketing director Brooke German says their goal is to surpass last year’s total of 92-hundred nominations. She says they’re on track, but time is running out to nominate your favorite burger. The deadline is Monday, March 12th. Nominations are accepted online at www.iabeef.org.
The quest to find Iowa’s best burger began on February 12th. To qualify for the title, burgers must be a 100-percent beef patty, served on a bun or bread products and be cooked to 160-degree doneness. The 10 restaurants with the most votes will be named on March 19th. A secret panel of judges will visit each of these restaurants to taste and judge their burger to help determine the winner.
The Cattlemen’s Association says the contest is a great way for Iowa’s restaurants to build their businesses. The past three winners have been relatively new restaurants who have added staff and increased beef sales as a result of the contest. Last year’s winner was The Smokin’ Hereford in Storm Lake. Front-of-house manager Natalie Schumann says they’ve doubled the number of lunchtime staff since winning the Best Burger contest. She says visitors have come from all over the state because of the contest.