May 5, 2021 - News

Iowa Beef Industry Council snubs Des Moines-area burgers

A hamburger and fries

The "Butler Cafe Famous Beef Burger" at Brick Street Market in Bondurant is a loose-meat sandwich that has been served for more than 70 years. Photo courtesy of Lee Miller and Angie Fredericksen of Brick Street

We're still stinging like Susan Lucci at the 1998 Emmys after learning this week that not even one single metro burger made it onto this year's Iowa Beef Industry Council top 10 list.

  • Nominations were submitted by the public and the top vote-getters won. (Yay democracy)
  • Only 100% real-beef burgers were eligible. (Our apologies, tofu.)

The Council declined our helpful offer to launch and assist with a recount. But they did provide Axios with some of the metro nominees. In no particular order:

Here are a few of our reader favorites:

  • "Lachele's has quickly become one of my all-time favorite burger spots. It even gives Portillo's a run for its money." — Giada Morresi, Des Moines.
  • Lucky Horse — Michael Hellman, Des Moines.
  • "Park Avenue Pub is a total dive, but a delicious burger." — Ryan Day, Granger.

What they're saying:

"Look, no one across the state wants to say the best burger is in Des Moines. I get it. But if they want to keep that narrative, not only are they being misleading, they're just wrong. Lachele's is the state champion until someone can match their level."
Grant Young, Des Moines

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