WASHINGTON -- In honor of the upcoming National Cheeseburger Day, D.C.-based burger chain BGR: The Burger Joint -- last seen bringing us the controversial Snooki burger -- has announced it will award a cash prize to the person who can eat the most cheeseburger sliders in 10 minutes.

The contest will be held at noon on Sept. 18 at BGR's outpost at 4827 Fairmont Ave. in Bethesda, Md.

BGR spokesman Kenny Fried told The Huffington Post that 10 competitors have already been selected. The eaters are mostly local to the D.C. area and the group includes two women

They've all got a shot at winning, too, since the D.C. area's competitive eating superstar Sonya Thomas, the Black Widow will not be taking part.

Here's what they're eating for: Top prize is $500 plus the chance to compete against other regional winners in the national burger-eating finals, to be held in May on the day of bovine mourning, National Hamburger Day. Second prize may not be welcome right after completing the contest -- it's a $250 gift card to BGR. The third place winner will receive a $100 BGR gift card.

Observers who have the stomach for it will be fed samples from the BGR menu.

One recent slider-eating contest was won by someone who ate 12 sliders in 1.5 minutes. A Baltimore contest was won by a hungry competitor who ate 23 hamburgers in 10 minutes.

Hungry?

Photos from a different gluttonous event -- this summer's Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest at Coney Island:

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  • Five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut celebrates after he wins his sixth straight Coney Island hot dog eating contest on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Chestnut tied his personal best and the record. Last year, Chestnut won with 62 hot dogs. Sonya Thomas downed 45 hot dogs to win the women's competition. The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a city tradition for 97 years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Tim "Eater X" Janus, left, and five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut, right, compete in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Chestnut won his sixth straight Coney Island hot dog eating contest. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • ADDS NUMBER OF HOT DOGS EATEN THIS YEAR TO 68 - Five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut, second competitor from left, competes in his sixth Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Chestnut tied his personal best and the record with eating 68 hot dogs. Last year, Chestnut won with 62 hot dogs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas is carried through the crowds after breaking her world record during the Nathan's Famous Women's Hot Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Thomas won her second consecutive women's competition with 45 downed hot dogs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas accepts her trophy after she wins Nathan's Famous Women's Hot Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Thomas beat her own record by gobbling down 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Coney Island contest. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas accepts her trophy after she wins Nathan's Famous Women's Hot Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Thomas beat her own record by gobbling down 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Coney Island contest. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Competitors at Nathan's Famous Women's Hot Dog Eating World Championship gorge themselves against the clock, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sonya Thomas beat her own record by gobbling down 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Coney Island contest. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Michael Bloomberg

    Spectators and contestants watch as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg chomps down on a Nathan's Famous hot dog following a weigh-in for contestants in the annual Coney Island Fourth of July international hot dog-eating contest in New York, Tuesday, July 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut competes in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Chestnut went on to scarf down 68 hot dogs to win his sixth consecutive Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


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