The Iowa Beef Industry Council has named the 10 finalists for Iowa's Best Burger Contest, and nearly all of them are a short drive from the Quad Cities.

“After a challenging year for Iowa’s restaurant industry with many restaurants across Iowa closing permanently, it was refreshing to see Iowans rally behind their favorite local restaurants,” Director of Marketing for the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Kylie Peterson, told the Des Moines Register.

Looking at the map, the eastern half of Iowa absolutely dominated the contest this year, with 9/10 of the finalists lying east of the center.

Iowa Beef Industry Council

In the next few weeks, undercover judges will visit and score each burger on a three criteria:

  • Presentation
  • Proper Cook Temperature
  • Taste

The official winner of the contest will be announced on May 3rd.

“People can show their support for their favorite qualifying restaurant by posting a picture online and tagging #IABestBurger to encourage their friends and family to visit,” Peterson said.

While we've gotten closer to it, let's push for the Quad Cities to make the list this next year. 

Be sure to visit this year's Top Ten Burgers.

2021 Top 10 Burger in Iowa

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