Ten finalists have been chosen from more than 300 nominees to help determine which restaurant has the best burger in Iowa.
The Iowa Beef Council began accepting nominations in February and, after about a month of taking suggestions, they’ve released the list of the ten Iowa restaurants that received the most nominations for the best burger in the state.
The contest is an annual affair, with Coon Bowl III in Coon Rapids winning the 2012 championship.
An anonymous panel of judges will try burgers at the finalist locations before the winner is chosen. The champion burger will be selected based on presentation, appearance, taste and safety (cooked to a medium 160 degrees).
Four central Iowa restaurants made the cut:
Ankeny Diner – Ankeny
B&B Grocery, Meat & Deli – Des Moines
Zombie Burger – Des Moines
Rosco’s – Norwalk
The other finalists are:
61 Chop House – Mediapolis
Elm’s Club – Creston
First Street Grille – Keosauqua
JB’s Bar & Grill – Marcus
Sam’s Sodas and Sandwiches – Carroll
The Ritz – Arnold Park