The statewide search to find Iowa’s best burger is a great way to not only celebrate Iowa’s 25,000 beef farmers, but also increase business for participating restaurants and draw visitors to Iowa communities.
Winning the 2019 Iowa’s Best Burger Contest put the Wood Iron Grille restaurant on the map and garnered new customers from all over the state. The restaurant went from serving 200 burgers a week to 200 burgers a night. Burgers have always been a best-selling menu item, but after winning the contest, nearly every guest that dined at the Wood Iron Grille ordered a burger.
The annual contest is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) and occurs in two phases. In the first phase, Iowans are encouraged to nominate their favorite burger, whether it’s gourmet or down-home style. Nominations will be accepted between Feb. 10 and March 10.
Nutritious and delicious
“Burgers are such a classic American favorite and a great source of high-quality protein that is authentic, real and raised responsibly. Beef supplies 10 essential nutrients without a long list of ingredients or added sodium. It’s hard to beat the taste, satisfaction and nutrition you get from a serving of real beef, and this contest showcases just that fact,” says IBIC Chairwoman Janine Moore.
This is the 11th year of the contest, which unites beef lovers and beef cattle farmers across the state. After the nomination period, 10 restaurants will be chosen as finalists and visited by a secret panel of judges, who will determine the ultimate winner. The 2020 Best Burger in Iowa will be announced May 1, with the kickoff of May Beef Month in Iowa.
Details about the contest, rules and the voting form are available on the IBIC’s website at 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 nomination period will close at 5 p.m. March 10.
Promoting Iowa-raised beef
To qualify to be named Iowa’s Best Burger, the burger must be a 100% real beef patty and be served on a bun or bread product. Restaurants can download a digital toolkit including promotional materials for the contest from IBIC’s website to promote the contest to their customers. The promotional materials can be used in restaurants, online, or on social media.