Iowa is Home of the Nation’s Best Burger

Where is the home of the best burger? We asked this question a couple of weeks ago in search of an answer. With the help of the Iowa Beef and New York Beef Councils, that exact question has finally been answered. Each state sent forth its best burger to compete in a burger battle competition.

On June 6th, this intense bragging rights competition began. Burger lovers voted for their favorite burger, either The Flying Elbow in Iowa or Ale n’ Angus Pub in New York.

The voting period closed on June 13th at 11:59 PM and the results were tallied. With a total of 2,953 votes, the winner of this burger battle is the state in the heart of the midwest, Iowa!

The “Tombstone” smashburger from The Flying Elbow swept the polls and took home the title of the Burger Battle Champion. New York received 1,120 votes for their burger. This is the second year Iowa’s Best Burger winner has won this friendly competition.

We highly encourage you to head over to The Flying Elbow in Marshalltown, Iowa, and order the “Tombstone” smashburger. The burger itself features a blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib, which is fresh, never frozen, and sourced from Midwest cattle. It also contains Wagyu beef, raised by a Marshalltown producer. It is topped with Manchego cheese, guacamole, bacon, sour cream, shredded lettuce, tomato, and death valley hot sauce on the side. It, however, can be dressed in multiple different ways. Making this combination unlike any other.

They can also be found serving their award-winning burger at the Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, August 12th starting at 10 AM, while supplies last. Learn more about the 2022 Iowa’s Best Burger winner at


About Iowa’s Best Burger: The Iowa’s Best Burger Contest is sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and funded in-part by the Iowa Beef Industry Council through the Iowa State Beef Checkoff Program.