The kickoff to the 2013 Iowa's Best Burger Contest is underway! The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are proud to announce the fourth annual Iowa’s Best Burger Contest. The contest runs from February 15 to March 18, 2013. Participants are encouraged to post a photo of your favorite burger on the Iowa Beef Council Facebook page. Click here to see  the past year's contest results  

The rules:

--- Burgers must be available on the nominated restaurant’s regular menu. --- Restaurant must be open for business by the end of the nomination period– March 18, 2013. --- A restaurant may only win Iowa’s Best Burger Contest one time. --- Entries will be accepted online, by text or by mail beginning February 15, 2013. All nominations must be received in our office before 5 pm on Monday, March 18, 2013. (Click here for more voting info) --- The Sponsors retain the discretion to make all decisions regarding the interpretation of these Official Rules. All decisions of the Sponsors are final and discretionary.  

Selection of Finalists

--- Ten burgers will be selected as finalists from throughout the state based on the number of nominations each restaurant receives. --- All burgers nominated from a single restaurant will be included in that restaurant’s final nomination total. --- Restaurants who receive nominations for multiple locations will be counted per individual location not as a total.  

Judging Criteria

Selection of the 2013 Iowa’s Best Burger will be conducted by an anonymous judging panel. Decision of the judges is final. The following guidelines will be used in judging: Taste – 50% Appearance and Presentation – 30% Proper cooking temperature / degree of doneness – 20%