Brick City Grill Named Iowa's Best Burger

The 5th Annual Iowa's Best Burger contest just wrapped up, as put together by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Congratulations to Brick City Grill in Ames, Iowa!

Iowans submitted more than 9,600 nomination votes for 456 restaurants in February and March that selected the Top Ten restaurants. The Top Ten were then independently visited and judged based on the hamburger's taste, appearance, and proper serving temperature (160 degrees).

Owner Jason Mikkelsen attributes the beef with the credit. He uses a proprietary chuck blend, ground on order and delivered fresh to the restaurant. There, it is hand-pattied and flat-top grilled on order with only salt and pepper added. "

The flat top sears the burger and lets it cook in its own juices so you get a juicier burger that way," he said. "You can put all the toppings on it, but you are still going to taste the beef."

2014 Top Ten Iowa's Best Burgers (listed alphabetically)

  • Ankeny Diner, Ankeny
  • Big City Burgers & Greens, Des Moines
  • Brick City Grill, Ames
  • Elm's Club, Creston
  • Ferg's My Tighe's, Grand Junction
  • First Street Grille, Keosauqua
  • Rides Bar & Grill, Fort Dodge
  • Sam's Sodas and Sandwiches, Carroll
  • The Ritz, Arnold's Park
  • Zombie Burger, Des Moines

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association represents about 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa's beef industry. ICA's mission is "Grow Iowa's beef business through advocacy, leadership and education." The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head beef checkoff. Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.

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