The 10 finalists for the Best Burger in Iowa are in!

We have been talking with Kylie Petersen and the Iowa Beef Industry Council during today's Big Show on 1040 WHO and 600 WMT and they have announced the 10 finalists for the title of 2023 Best Burger in Iowa! You can listen to the announcement later this afternoon on The Big Show podcast. Here's the press release from the IBIC:

Top 10 Announced for Iowa’s Best Burger Contest

AMES, Iowa – Iowans submitted nominations between February 13 – March 13 to kick off the quest to find the best burger in Iowa. Nominations were accepted online by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. The number of votes each restaurant received determined the 2023 Top Ten restaurants. The restaurants making the Top Ten list (in alphabetical order) include:

Arty’s Ice Cream & Grill, Wilton

Foodie Garage Eatery, Dubuque

Ben’s Burgers, Ankeny

Flight Bar + Grille, Huxley

Birdies, Burgers and Brews @ The Hillcrest, Graettinger

Jeronimo’s Bar & Grill, Springbrook

Burger & Company, Spirit Lake

Parlor on Main, Central City

Fishback & Stephenson Cider House, Fairfield

Troy’s Bar & Grill, Earling

To qualify, the burger must be a 100% real beef patty served on a bun or bread product. Burgers may include any combination of condiments, sauces, cheese or toppings.

“In total, we collected 6,414 votes for 509 Iowa restaurants,” said Kylie Peterson, Director of Marketing for the Iowa Beef Industry Council. “This year’s Top Ten restaurants are award-winning worthy, but are only a few of the many restaurants in Iowa that do an outstanding job of promoting and serving our beef products to their customers on behalf of Iowa’s beef farmers.”

Five of the Top Ten restaurants are new qualifiers, including Ben’s Burgers, Burger & Company, Flight Bar & Grille, Jeronimo’s Bar & Grill, and Parlor on Main.

The final phase in the quest for the 2023 Iowa’s Best Burger will now begin. All Top Ten restaurants will be visited by a panel of anonymous judges who will evaluate the burgers based on taste, appearance, and proper doneness (160 degrees Fahrenheit). The judges’ scores and comments will be accumulated and the winner will be announced on May 1 to kick off May Beef Month.

Last year, The Flying Elbow in Marshalltown took home the title of 2022 Iowa’s Best Burger. Winners in previous years include: 2021 – Bambino’s of Ossian; 2020 – Twisted Tail Steakhouse & Saloon of BeeBeeTown; 2019 – Wood Iron Grille of Oskaloosa; 2018 - Café Beaudelaire of Ames; 2017 – The Smokin’ Hereford BBQ of Storm Lake; 2016 – The Chuckwagon Restaurant Adair; 2015 – The Cider House of Fairfield; 2014 – Brick City Grill in Ames; 2013 – 61 Chop House Grille in Mediapolis; 2012 – Coon Bowl III in Coon Rapids; 2011 – Rusty Duck in Dexter; and 2010 – Sac County Cattle Company of Sac City.

To learn more about the contest and the Top Ten restaurants, including addresses and hours, visit


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