Iowans have nominated 10 re­­staurants in the annual contest to find the state's top burger. 

In alphabetical order, they are AllyCatz GrubHouse, Denver; Big Schwilly’s Chicken Dillys, Fairfield; Birdies, Burgers & Brews at the Hillcrest, Graettinger; Brady’s Pub, Sheld­­on; BurgerFiend, Cedar Rapids; Lucile’s at the Continental Hotel, Centerville; The Buck Snort, Council Bluffs; The Twisted Tail Steakhouse & Saloon, BeebeeTown; Troy’s Bar and Grill, Earling; and Wink’s Bar & Grill, West Liberty. 

All 10 restaurants will be visited by a panel of anonymous judges who will evaluate the burgers based on taste, appearance and proper doneness. The judges’ scores and comments will be accumulated, and the winner will be crowned May 1 to kick off May Beef Month.

"Iowa has over 25,000 beef producers, and this contest is a great way to celebrate the beef they produce and the impact they have on Iowa," says Katie Olthoff, director of communications for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.