Iowa’s 2022 best burger comes from Marshalltown

The Iowa Beef Industry Council on Monday announced the winner of the annual Iowa’s Best Burger Contest.This year’s winner is the smashburger from the Flying Elbow, from Marshalltown. The professional wrestling-themed alternative sports bar is located on North 13th Street in Marshalltown.The smashburger features a blend of chuck, brisket and short rib, which is fresh, never frozen and sourced from Midwest cattle.Owner Garrett Goodman told the Iowa Beef Industry Council his business came from humble beginnings. He spent a decade in corporate IT work before deciding it was time for a change.“I found a food truck, and spring was coming,” Goodman told the council. “And then we ran into roadblocks.” His initial opening date was pushed back to the fall of 2017, but he said it ended up being worth the wait as business was booming for his food truck shortly after it opened. It didn’t take long before he decided he needed a full restaurant and refurbished the former Corner Tap for his sports bar. “I’ve always wanted to do smashburgers, so I came up with a plan to release a small menu. Within three days, I was smashing burgers,” Goodman said. “In that week, we did the same amount of sales that we did in all of January. We sold out in three days and the buzz started happening.” More top 10 spots:In the Des Moines metro, you can find the top 10 burgers at Lachele’s Fine Foods in Des Moines, Pally’s Bar and Grill in Clive, and The Handlebar in Dallas Center are among them.They are joined by West Towne Pub in Ames, Arty’s Ice Cream & Grill in Wilton, Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Sac City, Flaming Office Bar and Grill in Toledo, Foodie Garage Eatery in Dubuque and Victoria Station in Harlan.Some past winners:

The Iowa Beef Industry Council on Monday announced the winner of the annual Iowa’s Best Burger Contest.

This year’s winner is the smashburger from the Flying Elbow, from Marshalltown.

The professional wrestling-themed alternative sports bar is located on North 13th Street in Marshalltown.

The smashburger features a blend of chuck, brisket and short rib, which is fresh, never frozen and sourced from Midwest cattle.

Owner Garrett Goodman told the Iowa Beef Industry Council his business came from humble beginnings. He spent a decade in corporate IT work before deciding it was time for a change.

“I found a food truck, and spring was coming,” Goodman told the council. “And then we ran into roadblocks.”

His initial opening date was pushed back to the fall of 2017, but he said it ended up being worth the wait as business was booming for his food truck shortly after it opened.

It didn’t take long before he decided he needed a full restaurant and refurbished the former Corner Tap for his sports bar.

“I’ve always wanted to do smashburgers, so I came up with a plan to release a small menu. Within three days, I was smashing burgers,” Goodman said. “In that week, we did the same amount of sales that we did in all of January. We sold out in three days and the buzz started happening.”

More top 10 spots:

In the Des Moines metro, you can find the top 10 burgers at Lachele’s Fine Foods in Des Moines, Pally’s Bar and Grill in Clive, and The Handlebar in Dallas Center are among them.

They are joined by West Towne Pub in Ames, Arty’s Ice Cream & Grill in Wilton, Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Sac City, Flaming Office Bar and Grill in Toledo, Foodie Garage Eatery in Dubuque and Victoria Station in Harlan.

Some past winners:

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