Storm Lake's "Smokin' Hereford," finalist for Iowa's Best Burger Award

A winner will be announced in May

AMES, Iowa - A Siouxland burger joint is a finalist for this year's Best Burger Award handed out by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.  In all, the associations say Iowans submitted more than 9200 nominations between February 13 – March 13.  Smokin' Hereford of Storm Lake is in the running for best burger landing in the top 10 in the preliminary voting.  Here are the top 10 finalists for this years award in now particular order.

Ankeny Diner, Ankeny                                               

Elm’s Club, Creston

BeerBurger, North Liberty                                        

Saucy Focaccia, Cedar Rapids

BW’s Burgers, West Des Moines                                

Smokin’ Hereford, Storm Lake

Doc’s Stadium Bar & Grill, Jefferson                          

The Irish Shanti, Elgin

Down Right Delicious, Clarinda                                  

Vaughn’s Café and Bakery, Clarinda

The quest for the winner of the 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). The judges’ scores and comments will be accumulated and the winner will be crowned on May 1. 

“We encourage everyone to visit the Top Ten restaurants,” says German. “These are only a few of the many restaurants in Iowa that do an outstanding job of promoting and serving our beef product to their customers on behalf of Iowa’s beef farmers.”

To learn more about the Top Ten restaurants and the contest, visit www.iabeef.org.

Last year, The Chuckwagon Restaurant of Adair took home the title of the 2016 Iowa’s Best Burger. Winners in previous years are: 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.

 

 


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