Iowa’s Best Burger 2011


May 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Central Iowa restaurant is the home of Iowa’s Best Burger in 2011. Officials with the Iowa Beef Industry Council said today (Monday), “The Rusty Duck” in Dexter was selected by a secret panel of judges as the top location in the state to get a hamburger.

The restaurant was one of 275 nominated from across the state for the IBIC’s and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association contest. The field was whittled down to 10 finalists, which included the Coon Bowl Two in Coon Rapids, and the Farmer’s Kitchen, in Atlantic.

The Rusty Duck’s owner Brad Waldron is also the cook for the 90-seat bar and grill. He says 80-percent of his time is spent preparing hand-pattied beef at the restaurant. Waldron buys choice boxed beef and cuts his own steaks. The trim from the top loin and sirloin goes into the grinder and becomes ground beef for his burgers, which he forms into a 14- or 8-ounce size.

For having the Best Burger in Iowa, The Rusty Duck received a plaque and media prize package. This was the second year the IBIC and ICA have sponsored the contest. Last year’s winner was the Sac County Cattle Company, in Sac City.