AMES, Iowa — Iowa’s beef producers are asking their fellow Iowans to help find Iowa’s Best Burger again in 2019. This is the tenth year the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are hosting the contest, which officially kicked off Feb. 11, according to a news release.
During the first phase of the contest, Iowans are encouraged to nominate their favorite burger before 5 p.m. March 11. At that point, the 10 restaurants with the most nominations will be visited by a secret panel of judges, who will determine the ultimate winner. The 2019 Best Burger in Iowa will be announced on May 1 with the kick-off of May Beef Month in Iowa.
Details about the contest, rules and the voting form 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 on social media using #IABestBurger.
To qualify, the burger must be a 100 percent beef patty and 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.
“Funded by the Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program, this event has been a great way to showcase Iowa restaurants who are serving great beef and Iowa beef farmers who are continually producing a wholesome and nutritious product for consumers,” said Janine Moore, chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council.
In 2018, 700 restaurant nominations were received. A restaurant can only claim the title of “Iowa’s Best Burger” once.