The Iowa Burger


The Iowa Burger incorporates all the ingredients that make this state great into one juicy burger!


The weather is still not cooperating with us Midwesterners, but I said to heck with it today and fired up the indoor grill to make The Iowa Burger!

I created The Iowa Burger recipe to showcase the 2 quintessential flavors of Iowa, in one yummy cheeseburger:

1. Bacon – Tickets to this year’s Baconfest sold out faster than a Taylor Swift concert at Madison Square Garden. No seriously, like in under 4 minutes. I’d say us Iowans definitely like our bacon!


2. Sweet corn – It’s so abundant in the summertime, they give it away for free!


My recipe starts by combining ground beef and chopped bacon. Yes, there’s bacon in the burger. There’s bacon in the burger!!!


After the patties are cooked up and topped with ooooozy cheese,

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they’re nestled onto a sesame seed bun that’s been slathered with avocado spread, then dressed with fresh sweet corn relish.


The Iowa Burger

Serves 4


The Iowa Burger incorporates all the ingredients that make this state great into one juicy burger!


  • For the Burgers:
    • 1lb 85/15 ground beef
    • 6 strips bacon, finely chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 4 slices American cheese
    • 4 sesame seed buns
  • For the Sweet Corn Relish:
    • 2 strips bacon, chopped
    • 1 Tablespoon butter
    • 3 ears of corn, kernels cut off the cob
    • 2 Tablespoons minced jalapeño
    • 1 green onion, chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • For the Avocado Spread:
    • 1 avocado
    • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Combine beef, finely chopped bacon, salt and pepper, and then form into four patties. Cook on a hot grill to preferred doneness, about 3-4 minutes a side for medium-rare. Turn the heat off, place cheese slices on top of burgers and close the grill lid to allow cheese to melt.
  2. Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chopped bacon and cook until crispy. Melt in butter then add corn, jalapeno, green onion, salt and pepper to the skillet. Cook until corn is just tender, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in maple syrup and remove the skillet from the heat.
  3. Mash avocado flesh with salt and pepper, then spread equally on the bottom of each bun. Top with cheeseburger patty and sweet corn relish. Enjoy!

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


In other news, this afternoon my family and I are off to Easter service. It’s kind of weird to not be going on Easter, but our church is a serious ZOO on holidays and they’re going to be shuttling people in from a parking lots miles away on Sunday. We just figured it would be easier to go & worship when its less crazy.

Then it’s family night!


Last night was the first time the 5 of us had been together alone, without husbands/wives/babies/boyfriends/girlfriends in literally a decade. That’s insane!

Have a good night, and happy Easter!


What would be on the burger representing your state?

What does your perfect burger look like?

Mine would be an 80/20 beef patty on a soft sesame seed bun, dripping with cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce and sweet maple bacon. Ohhhhh yeeeaah. :)

Or simply any In-N-Out Burger. Nobody does it like them!

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  1. Cristy 04.23.2011

    Dude…that burger looks DUH-vine!!!!! Anything that begins with bacon must end well.

  2. Kim 04.23.2011

    Yes, In-N-Out are great, so are 5 Guys.

  3. dmcgirl 04.23.2011

    Tillamook Chedder Cheese Baby! Representin the West Coast.. Oregon… where I am from originally.

    You are soooo stubborn… everyone is raving about Fage and you just will NOT go there! hahahahahah…..

    Will have to give Noosa a try cause I have seen it on lots of blogs!

    • Twedter 05.20.2011

      Noosa yoghurt is my new fave splurge! I used to splurge on the 2% Chobani Pineapple greek yoghurt but this may have replace my old 2% fat fave! I tried the mango and blueberry and am uber excited about the strawberry rhubarb! Bring on the summer. :D

  4. Iowa Girl Eats 04.23.2011

    I tried it once! Just wasn’t as big a fan of it as Chobani! :)

    • dmcgirl 04.23.2011

      Okay, good, maybe you are not soooo stubborn – ;-)

  5. Kate 04.23.2011

    That burger look amazing. I was going to have pizza for dinner but I might switch to a burger.

    Thanks for the pineapple trick! I love pineapple and almost always buy fresh chunked pineapple so I never new how to tell if they were ripe. Very useful for a pineapple lover to know.

  6. Tammy 04.23.2011

    Thanks for the hint for picking a ripe pineapple. I’ve never heard of doing that and always wondered how to pick the best one.

  7. Angela Ten Clay 04.23.2011

    Can’t wait for the recipe for that burger! It looks delicious!

  8. Machelle 04.23.2011

    i think you did just fine representing our great state of Iowa, so i would just go with your creative burger! as far as my favorite burger to make; Fareways own ground hamburger….cooked clear thru, no pink please! w/a lite sprinkle of garlic powder, a toasted Rotella bun, pepper jack cheese, ketchup, mayo, sweet vadalia onion, and extra pickles! for a dining out burger; a cheeseburger from The Waters Edge in Polk City. and for fast food; a mushroom burger from Little Johns on 2nd Ave in Des Moines!!! YUM!!

  9. I think my perfect burger IS the In-n-Out burger. So good!

  10. mmmm! my husband makes the best burgers. i don’t know what his secret is!

  11. Chad 04.23.2011

    This burger looks outstanding and OHHH THAT’S WHAT THAT AUSTRALIAN YOGURT STUFF IS. Thanks for this good post and recipe :)

  12. Jess S 04.23.2011

    Mmm…In-N-Out…yumm!! Happy Easter!

  13. kelly 04.23.2011

    Five Guys for me, with fries from the state I call home…Idaho!

  14. What a fun burger combination!
    I agree that In and Out burgers are simply amazing. I am in a wedding in California in June and In and Out will be one of the first places we stop! :) Although, I love Five Guys and Fries too. :)

  15. Rachel 04.23.2011

    Hmm…A SoDak burger…I’ll have to mull that one over. I can say with confidence that if I were to create a burger to represent SoDak, I’d probably make it with ground buffalo instead of beef. Beyond that, I’ll have to think on it! :)

    And since I’ve never been to Five Guys or In-n-Out, I’d say my perfect burger would be the bacon cheeseburger from Thurman’s Cafe, in Columbus, OH. With a side of their hand-cut fries.

  16. Karla 04.23.2011

    that burger looks SOOO GOOD. Being from WI… the burger would have to have cheese & beer. Which would be absolutely disgusting–but it would represent us accurately. ;-)

  17. Teresa 04.23.2011

    Kudos on the Iowa burger! If you really want to make it an all-Iowa burger, you could leave off the avocado and top the burger with a fried egg. Iowa is No. 1 nationally in egg production. Have you had the bacon-burger patties at Fareway? They are good.

  18. Em 04.23.2011

    Happy almost-Easter. :) Looks like you’ve been a busy lady.
    Love your blog. Glad you had some quality family time. My mom and bro came to visit me in Minnesota and I’m soaking in every second!

  19. Audrey 04.23.2011

    Well I’m a Cali girl, so In-n-Out is our namesake, but if you ask anyone whose had a Sunflower Drive-In Nut Burger, they’d say that is California! Seriously, you should google it (it’s in Fair Oaks, CA) YUM!

  20. That yoghurt looks fancy, and really good!

    As does your burger. Corn is the same way here in the St. Louis area – my bf refuses to buy it when it’s not in season, straight from the farmer. Those burgers look fantastic. I think a St. Louis burger would have some kind of pork in it (we have fantastic pork here!), though not bacon. Some kind of sausage/beef combination maybe? I wonder how a burger would be topped with a farm-fresh egg?!

  21. sharon weaver 04.23.2011

    If you ever make it to San Diego you have to try the hamburger’s at Hodads. They put In-n-Out to shame!

  22. My family was just talking about the leaf method for pineapple ripeness at our Easter dinner earlier today! How funny. My dad cut a fresh pineapple for the first time recently and realized why they result in rings with holes in the center–he forgot about the core! hehe.

  23. heather 04.24.2011

    i live in new jersey so…cranberry relish and marinara sauce on top. (i think this is why we stick to less innovative at diners.) enjoy your family reunion. <3

  24. Presley 04.24.2011

    My fiance would love that burger, can’t wait to see the recipe!

    Oh, and you have a beautiful family!

  25. I crave burgers right when I’m going to get my period (iron boost maybe?) and we’re lucky to have Slater’s 50/50 in OC ( They do a 50/50 patty of bacon and beef. Its good but their reg patty is just as tasty w/ an Egg, guac and runny cheeeeese!

    Of course there’s always In-N-Out and Five Guys too!

  26. dmcgirl 04.24.2011

    Dropped by to say Hoppy Easter!

  27. Machelle 04.24.2011

    all this egg talk reminded me of when i owned & ran a bar & grill. we had a regular customer, Max, a sprint car driver from Australia, and he always ordered a cheeseburger topped w/grilled ham and a fried egg. we named it the Max Burger in his honor.

  28. My favorite burger is now from Shake Shack in NY (sorry In and Out I still love you). Your burger looks amaz-balls! If I did one for Hawaii it would be a Kings Hawaiian sweet bread roll, a kiwae grilled beef patty (w chopped onion and bread pieces mixed in) with an over easy egg and brown gravy with chili pepper water sprinkled over it!

  29. anna 04.24.2011

    Yum… ugh, now I want a burger! I’m from Iowa but living in Reno. I guess a burger here would be made of quail, not beef, lol. They are everywhere here. Seriously it would probably be California style… lots of veggies, guac or mayo. I’m guessing there’s a mango salsa in your future based off of your groceries? I use your recipe all the time!

    My PERFECT burger would be spicy, covered in cheese, lots of veggies, and cooked on the grill for sure!

    • anna 04.24.2011

      And of course it’s terrible for you, but I miss B-Bops like CRAZY!!! Mail me some??

  30. Monica 04.25.2011

    Wow, that burger looks incredible! Some of my good friends that are born and raised Iowa would be very impressed with me if I made that for our next dinner! :)

    I don’t even know what would be on a Minnesota burger. Fried anything I suppose….

  31. Jen 04.26.2011

    Your family is seriously the cutest! So glad you got to hang just the 5 of you.

  32. Rachel 04.27.2011

    When I was little, all of my brothers and sisters and I would jump into the pool and spin as fast as we could. We always called it the “Tasmanian devil jump” LOVED HIM! :)

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