Kearney – It's that time of the year again - time to make your nominations for the restaurant you think has the best burger in the state.
Nebraska's farmers and ranchers along with the Nebraska Beef Council have announced the 4th annual Nebraska's Best Burger contest along with a few changes.
The new format to the contest will determine the winner based on a combination of online votes and the scores from a panel of judges.
Online nominations can be made from March 1st through March 15th on the Nebraska Beef Council website www.nebeef.org or through their Facebook page. On March 15th, the top five nominated restaurants will be announced.
From March 15th through March 31st, the public will be asked to vote again for one of the five finalists. A panel of judges will also score the top five contestants and the overall winner will be determined by the highest combined total from the online vote and judges' scores.
Another change will also let past winners win again. Last year, the Peppermill Restaurant in Valentine claimed the top prize.
"This contest is really about showing off the great tasting beef served all across Nebraska," said Adam Wegner, Director of Marketing for the Nebraska Beef Council. "We've had hundreds of restaurants nominated for this award in the past and all of them were viable candidates. We're looking forward to even more participation this year."
Other past winners of the award include the Cellar Bar & Grill in Kearney and Stella's Bar & Grill in Bellevue.
For a full list of rules, contest details or to submit a nomination, visit www.nebeef.org or contact the Nebraska Beef Council at 308-236-7551.