While American cheese is the most common dairy food used to top off a burger, one competition entry preferred another ingredient.

Shirley Gawlik’s winning burger in the New York Beef Industry Council's sixth annual "Create the Perfect Burger" competition used ice cream as a distinctive ingredient and base for her burger’s pesto sauce.

Her creation was entered at the State Fair in Syracuse, N.Y. as "The Perfect Ice Cream All Beef Burger."

Gawlik knew the unique ingredient would be an attention-getter. She claims the ice cream makes the burger tender and the pesto sauce extremely creamy with the right amount of sweetness.

"Cooking and creating recipes is my passion. While I was developing the recipe for the competition, my daily work at Perry's inspired me to ask 'why not?' try adding ice cream," said Gawlik. She didn’t have to go far to find inspiration for her entry. Gawlik works as a customer service representative for Perry’s Ice Cream.

The winning burger also received honors in the categories of "Juiciest Burger" and most "Consumer Friendly Burger."  

Think you’d like a burger made with ice cream? View the recipe here.