The search for the best burger in South Dakota has hit the home stretch.

For the past six weeks, the South Dakota Beef Industry Council has been taking your nominations for the tastiest beef patties in the Mount Rushmore State and now they've narrowed the field from dozens down to the final five.

To be considered, the burgers must be 100% beef but can utilize other ingredients in the patties, like spices and vegetables.

The burgers must be formed ground beef patties served on a bun or other bread product and may include any combination of condiments, sauces, cheeses, and toppings.

All burgers must be available on the nominated restaurant’s regular menu and that restaurant must be currently open for business and must be open year-round.

Here are the five left standing:

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The five finalists will be now judged by a panel of South Dakota Beef Council experts in four categories:

  • Taste – 50%
  • Appearance and Presentation – 30%
  • Proper cooking temperature/degree of doneness – 10%
  • Overall – 10%

The winner will be announced August 1.

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Beyond the well-traveled tourist paths, there’s a whole different world of food exploration throughout South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. From tiny restaurants in historic towns serving up generations-old recipes to small town dive bars that not only have cheap, cold beer, but unique and unexpected homemade dishes.

We’ve created an exploration of off-the-beaten path restaurants nestled in the charming landscapes of the tri-state area. Take a detour from the ordinary and discover the extraordinary flavors as you travel the roads not-so-often traveled. 

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Veer off the beaten path. Take a road trip and try some favorite small-town eateries. Just by driving a few miles, you could find some delicious hidden gems.

From steaks to seafood, chislic to chicken, these are out-of-the-way unexpected finds that will make your taste buds tingle.

Here's a list of 14 Road Trip-Worthy Restaurants within 90 minutes of Sioux Falls.

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Some foods are distinctly South Dakota. How many of these amazing South Dakota dishes have you tried?!

If you live in South Dakota chances are you've eaten many of the items on this food list.

But if you are visiting our state or if you just haven't gotten around to chowing down on these great eats, you need to get on it.

Some foods are distinctly South Dakotan. Here are the 9 South Dakota Foods You Must Try Before You Check Out …

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