5 Best Burger Bars in Iowa

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It is impossible to pinpoint exactly what exactly makes a burger perfect. Alternatively, this could be the delicate balance of meat, condiments, and the bun, or it could be because of the creativity in the form of toppings. All the ideal ratios and scrumptious toppings are to be found in Iowa's best burger joints. The following five are among the best in the state.

1. Zombie Burger & Drink Lab, Des Moines, Iowa

In addition to having more than 20 different burgers, including names like The Walking Ched and They're Coming to Get You, Barbara, Zombie Burger & Drink Lab in Des Moines, Iowa, offers specialty cocktails such as "Bloody Mary" and "Grey Goose With Strychnine Bitters" with horror-themed names like The Bloody Bock and Barbara.

With peanut butter, bacon, bananas, American cheese, egg, and mayo, the Undead Elvis is a top-selling product. In addition, the menu features a small number of vegan-friendly options.

Location: 300 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309, United States

Website: zombieburgershakelab.com

Phone: +1 515-244-9292

Store Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

2. Short's Burger & Shine, Iowa City, Iowa

The 1006 Melrose at Short's Burger & Shine is the best burger we've eaten in Iowa. As is typical in Iowa, we order the simple cheeseburger, swapping out the cheddar for American on our yearly pilgrimage to the state.

Short's uses as many in-state products as possible, especially considering how out-of-the-way the location is. In addition, our delicious buns are baked in Iowa City, as well as the fresh produce is obtained from farmers' markets in the summer.

Location: 18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240, United States

Website: http://shortsburger.com/

Phone: +1 319-337-4678

Store Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

3. Saucy Focaccia, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

While this family-owned and food truck-turned-sandwich shop has received numerous "best of" awards over the last decade, it is nonetheless a quintessential American success story.

A quarter-pound beef patty is made from fresh-baked focaccia bread and is one of the primary components of a burger. Anything can happen after that point.

Locals have made this a go-to place to eat in northeast Cedar Rapids because of the Bacon Mac & Cheesy Burger, a dish served with fried macaroni and a drizzle of cheesy sauce.

For a long time, Saucy Focaccia's burgers have been highly recommended in the state of Iowa. In this state, we can't talk about scrumptious burgers without mentioning this restaurant. Saucy Focaccia launched as a food truck in 2013. In Cedar Rapids, you can now go to a full-fledged restaurant.

The Baby Bella Burger is a fun name, but it's also a delicious burger. It's topped with shredded bella mushrooms, crispy bacon, swiss cheese, sliced red onions, and herbed jalapeno aioli. For people who like mushroom swiss burgers but are dissatisfied with their flavor, this may be your best bet.

Location: 5100 Fountains Dr NE #100, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411, United States

Website: saucyfocaccia.com

Phone: +1 319-294-6772

Store Hours: Sun-Thu 10:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10:30am-9pm

4. DutchFix, Pella, Iowa

This restaurants take pride in their burger called The Dominie Burger. The Des Moines Register selected the Dominie Burger as one of the top 10 burgers in Iowa for 2021.

When it comes to Gouda cheese, cheese lovers will want to give this must-try recipe a try. This offering has two beef patties, bacon, smoked Gouda, melted Gouda curds, spiced beef, homemade pickles, and a toasted bun.

Location: 621 Franklin St, Pella, IA 50219, United States

Website: dutchfixpella.com

Phone: +1 641-620-1402

Store Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm

5. BurgerFiend, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

This Cedar Rapids restaurant serves juicy, USDA Choice Angus burgers that melt in your mouth. This flavor comes from years of meticulous home kitchen preparation, which occurred before BurgerFiend opened in 2013.

BurgerFiend is a fast-food restaurant that uses the following unconventional restaurant practices: the fries are hand-cut, the sodas are in glass bottles, and milkshakes are available in different flavors, such as Oreo, Butterfinger, and Nutella.

Location: 2020 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, United States

Website: burgerfiendonline.com

Phone: +1 319-200-4488

Store Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm

Iowans know the food that they eat best. It is hard to overlook that Iowa is one of the country's top beef, pork, dairy, and corn producers. Try the Midwest classics like burgers when you're looking for great food in this little town.

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