In honor of National Cheeseburger Day, BGR The Burger Joint held its first annual burger eating contest this afternoon at BGR’s 4827 Fairmont Avenue location in Bethesda. Competing in the contest were four men and one woman, all from the greater Washington area.
After downing 17 cheeseburger sliders in ten minutes, 24 year old “Munchin” Michael Longo from Dumfries, Va. took home the $500 cash first place prize. In addition to his prize, Longo will also have the chance to compete in BGR’s national championship next May for $2,000 in winnings including a $1,000 cash prize and a $1,000 BGR gift card.
This wasn’t Longo’s first eating championship. He holds titles in the With Cheese Please National Cheesesteak Championship, the Little Jimmy’s National Italian Ice Eating Championship, the National Bun & Cheese Eating Championship, and the National Potato Latke Eating Championship. He currently holds the national record for Italian ice, after consuming four pounds and 1.25 ounces of it in one sitting.
Tyron Hill placed second after finishing 11 sliders to win a $250 BGR gift card, and Jonathan Henderson placed third after finishing 8 sliders to win a $150 BGR gift card.
After the contest ended, owner Mark Bucher treated spectators to free sliders.