Frederick, Maryland, food challenge: Five burger patties, 10 strips of bacon, 30 minutes, no problem?

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Urgent food challenge news today, from the Frederick News-Post: the Maryland city’s Lohr’s Family Restaurant is offering a free meal (an $18.99 value) to anyone capable of finishing the “Monster Burger Challenge” in 30 minutes or less.

Here’s the task:

Now, slide onto the table a plate stacked high with five half-pound burger patties, separated by 10 strips of bacon and five slices of cheese. Topped with -- or rather adjacent to -- two buns, a few lettuce leaves, a couple slices of tomato and onion and a smear of mayonnaise. Oh, and don’t forget the two side dishes.

The News-Post’s story reports the current record holder took down the beefy stack in just 15 minutes. A scoreboard keeps track of the winners and losers: 18 of the 25 contestants have failed.

So who’s hungry? Check out our gallery of D.C. area food challenges at the top of this post.

Hat-tip to the Post’s Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) for spotting this.

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Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.


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