Bambinos in Ossian earns ‘Iowa’s Best Burger’ status

Bambino’s in Ossian recently earned the award for “Iowa’s Best Burger” from the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Bambino’s burgers feature fresh, never frozen, 80/20 fine ground beef. Ron and Sue patty the 7-ounce burgers as orders come in. The burgers are then cooked to 160 degrees, placed on a fresh Kwik Star bun, and customized. Bambino’s most requested burger is the “veggie burger,” which features a juicy, all-beef burger patty topped with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Customers can customize their burgers anyway they’d like. Popular toppings include: bacon, egg, onion rings, and hash browns. The designation as Iowa’s Best Burger comes after a two-phase competition, sponsored by the Iowa Beef Industry Council through the Iowa State Beef Checkoff and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. The first phase is based on votes from the public. For a month, burger lovers went online and voted for their favorite Iowa burger joint. At the end of the month, the 10 restaurants with the most votes were declared the “Top 10”. From there, three anonymous judges visited each of the restaurants, scoring the burger patties based on taste, doneness, and presentation. Bambino’s, located at 102 N Lydia Street, Ossian, is open from 9 a. m. to 2 a. m. Monday through Saturday and 3 p. m. to 2 a. m. on Sunday. The establishment is 10 miles south of the Decorah Municipal Airport. (Submitted photo)