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Shake Shack's annual Oktoberfest promotion (dubbed Shacktoberfest, natch) returns tomorrow, however, this year the burger slingers are lightening up on the meat and bringing more carbs into the mix.

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Free Shackburgers, y'all.

Free burgers are one thing. Free Shake Shack burgers, however, are a whole different story.

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A new burger at Shake Shack debuted last Friday to the masses but we first got a taste of the Bacon CheddarShack back in February at the Burger Bash in South Beach.

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French toast is delicious because it's fried bread covered in sugar. But what makes the breakfast staple even better? Tossing a burger into the mix. Check out this month's Monte Cristo BOTM and more after the jump.

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Travis Weiss's People's Champion will be available at The Commodore all week long.

Now that the D.C. Burger Throwdown is but a greasy memory, there's just one thing left to do: EAT MORE BURGERS.

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When the grease and the smoke cleared, the burgers from Brine Restaurant's John Critchley and The Commodore's Travis Weiss were the big winners at the first annual D.C. Burger Throwdown on Sunday.

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We're nursing hangovers and still a little damp from the meat sweats but the first annual D.C. Burger Throwdown at The Commodore was a rousing, rousing greasy success.

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As chef of Harvest Wood Grill & Tap in Annapolis, Keith Long will be travelling farther than any of the other competitors to make it to the Throwdown this Sunday.

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In less than three weeks, seven of the D.C. area's greatest burger creators are coming together in an epic battle of the beef to prove who's best.

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There must have been a sale on Sriracha because three out of five burgers feature the Thai chili sauce all up in the mix this month.

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There's a pair of corned beef-topped Reuben burgers in the mix this month, a macaroni and cheese and fried green tomato gut bomb, a loaded patty melt and some weak-ass – but, hey, it's new! – stuff from the Burger Palace. Happy March BOTMs, everybody!

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More than any other holiday outside of Thanksgiving, Mari Gras brings out the burgers.

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It's already five days into 2016, which means our resolutions are already in the shitter. So with all that nonsense behind us, we're ready to go meat-in-face with each and every BOTM in January.

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For the first time probably ever, a certain member of the our monthly club has introduced an all-new BOTM. We honestly can't believe it. IT'S A FESTIVUS MIRACLE. In other, far less exciting December BOTM news, there's duck, buffalo sauce, a misnamed Hawaiian burger and some sandwich.

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It's a bratwurst kinda month as two area joints bust out Oktoberfest burgs, another goes double decker on us and an excommunicated burger makes a unnecessary comeback.

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Burger King. Not even once.

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It's September, so football season is here which means pigskin-themed BOTMs and, thankfully, that means pumpkin spice latte burgers. Plus, there's another one jam-packed with oh-so-wonderful pimento cheese.

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This month on the BOTM scene, two Caesars is two too many, a new twist to a Caprese creation and we're going, going, back, back, to Cali, Cali.

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With the sun beating down under a cloudless sky at Arlington's Gateway Park, Willow Restaurant bested 15 other competitors to take home its third consecutive title at the D.C. BRGR Bash on Saturday.

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It's July in D.C. which means heat, humidity and a brand new batch of BOTMs. This month, we've got a patriotic burger (at least if you're French), a run-of-the-mill BBQ creation, a pork-centric BOTM, a sweet-and-smokey joint from Falls Church and a non-burger repeat.

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When an opportunity arises to tick multiple entries off our burger to-do list – and all in the span of one day – we're all over it like grease on a griddle.

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We bid a greasy farewell to May and National Hamburger Month and welcome in a fresh crop of BOTMs to fill our bellies in June.

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There's just one thing you need to do today. We know what it is. You know what it is. Do we really need to spell it out for you?

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Since we totally snubbed our neighbors to the north during National Hamburger Week, this time we're bringing the goods to Maryland.

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National Hamburger Week has come and gone and so has any chance of fitting into our Speedos this summer.

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This month is a strange one for BOTMs. One creation isn't even a burger, another is a spin on a burrito dish from New Mexico, and we introduce a new member of the BOTM Club while a charter member teeters on the brink of exclusion.

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We've got two Sriracha-drenched burgers this month, a cheese-stuffed lamb burger and one that's overloaded by condiments.

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In March, we see the return of a grilled cheese behemoth, a Sriracha-drizzled Korean creation, a Kentucky classic and, finally, just about the plainest burger of the month you'll ever see.

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February's BOTM roundup is chock full of Louisiana spice as three of four joints go with the Mardi Gras theme this month.

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We've heard the grumblings that the whole burger boom is over but, frankly, that's bullshit.

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The first Burger of the Month crop of 2015 brings us a north of the border burg, a south Florida creation, a wing-style burger and one that's designed to stave off that inevitable January hangover.

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It's a record month for shitty burgers. For the first time ever, the Crew found no redeeming BOTM in the month's lineup. Turn back now, avoid these burgers and just wait until the New Year.

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In the latest group of BOTMs, another one of Santa's pets bites the dust at BTS, Dogwood gets inspired by the Danes and Bobby's Burger Palace tries to wow us with a salad burger.

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It was a banner month for BOTMs, with the best overall collection of burgers we've seen so far this year.

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In a month where brat burgers are everywhere, a plain Jane burger rises to the top of the meaty pile.

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Only one burger this month is new to the D.C. scene. That's weak. This month's crop includes two BOTM repeats (including one from last month), one former regular menu burger and a single new creation. Let's get to 'em...

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Our beefy adventures have taken us near and far in our search for burgers and while the D.C. area is our primary stomping ground, Maryland oftentimes gets overlooked in our quest.

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Apples on burgers. We still don't get it. But we do love us some Miami Vice-themed burgers from BTS this month.

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Labor Day has come and gone and we've got a fresh batch of BOTMs on the D.C. scene.

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Bacon, BBQ sauce and fried onions take top topping honors in August while apples bring up the rear. Check out our review of all this month's BOTMs inside.

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As the year rolls on, some D.C. burger joints are stepping up their BOTM game while others are content coasting through the summer. This month we've got three all-new burgers and one sad and tired repeat.

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It's July and another crop of BOTMs is ripe for the harvest. This month we get basil ketchup, some pesto, a blaze-worthy burger and a goddamn repeat.

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BBQ pulled pork burgers from BGR and Dogwood Tavern scored high marks from the Crew this month while Bobby Flay's Napa Valley returned only to receive a failing grade.

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A pair of BBQ burgers go toe-to-toe, Bobby Flay brings back one of his old creations and a softie gets pressed between the buns in this month's latest installment of BOTMs.

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We love Burger Tap & Shake's take on a patty melt this month and who knew guacamole was so damn good on a burger?

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National Burger Week came and went –as did any hopes of fitting into our Speedos by Memorial Day– after we downed seven burgers in seven days during our annual celebration of the beef.

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Time.com has a post this week touting Food & Wine's list of the 25 best burgers in the U.S. The only problem is, it's the same fucking list that gets put out every fucking year.

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Anyone worried their cholesterol level is too low, fear not, Dogfish Head Alehouse has got a fix for you.

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This is National Burger Month, you know. Though our celebration of the beef is year-round, in May, however, we REALLY get down.

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May showcases a Tex-Mex burg, a Chi-town creation, an Italian job and a patty melt in the latest roundup of D.C. BOTMs.

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We're all about the bunny and baby cow at BTS, BBQ kimchee burger at BGR and Bobby's spicy pimento burger this month.

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Creativity is all over the charts in this month's BOTM lineup with a bunny burger at one end of the spectrum and a tortilla-less fajita creation at the other. Peep the whole April roster inside.

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The lineup at Bobby's Burger Palace got a little shakeup recently but don't get too excited Washington-- a new D.C.-themed burger did NOT make the cut.

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The sandwiches-turned-burgers are the top BOTMs this March so focus on the Fatty Melt and Reuben burgers at Dogwood Tavern and BGR. Pass on the rest.

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We're happy to announce that with no fish or fowl in sight, every damn one of this month's BOTMs are courtesy a four-legged animal. Thank God. Now, let's get to the good stuff.

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The worst thing about going to the SoBe Burger Bash is coming back from the SoBe Burger Bash.

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Cheese makes everything better and nobody can tell us different.

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If you can't get creative, then you might as well put some tasty shit together.

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Once again, Z-Burger is doing their best cupid impression, slinging heat-shaped, red-bunned burgers for Valentine's Day.

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There's a rainbow of burger flavors on the menu this week, as a potpourri of ingredients get sprinkled on the beef at both Joe's Burgers in McLean and Dogfish Head Alehouse's three locations in Virginia and Maryland.

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It looks like pizza is the flavor of the moment, with Dogfish Head's Gaithersburg alehouse hooking up the Pepperoni Pizza Burger for their special this week.

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Now that we're all back to carb loading and binging, it's time to dive headfirst into February's BOTMs. It's a varied lot this go 'round with fish, breakfast, pizza and one sweet and salty Canadian.

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For the second time this month, a D.C.-area burger chain has closed one of its joints.

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Dogfish Head Alehouse introduces a new trio of Burgers of the Week this go 'round with a chili burger and bacon-cheese fry combo leading the pack.

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This week at Dogfish Head, we get one repeat and two new burgers of the week coming to your faces.

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In addition to churning out the boozers, the three D.C.-area Dogfish Head Alehouses also get a little burger crazy. The restaurants, in Gaithersburg, Falls Church and Fairfax, each hook up a different burger special every week throughout the year.

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The sixth Washington, D.C. area Smashburger opened its doors at 10 a.m. today in Falls Church at the corner of Annandale Road and South Washington Street.

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Sure, resolving to be better in the New Year is a great idea. Exercising. Eating better. Meatless Mondays. They're all great. Honorable even. But come on, let's stop kidding ourselves and get back to shoving copious amounts of red meat into our faces. Shit, it's been a week already...

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We eat more burgers than you. That's a given. So take it from our knowledgeable, greasy, hypertensioned asses and read up on the 2013 Burgers of the Year.

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We ate all this month's BOTMs so you don't have to. Which December burgers tickled our tastebudsnd which ones left us cursing their beefy existence.

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Like a soaking-wet mogwai, Smashburger continues its multiplication all over the Washington, D.C. area.

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We somehow managed to get through November and all its bird burgers so you better believe we're hitting the December BOTMs hard this go 'round. Thankfully, there ain't a winged patty in sight this month as we get a heavy load of bacon, heat and a certain antlered sky rider.

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All new this month, we're hitting you with the reviews while THESE BURGERS ARE STILL AROUND, so you can actually find out which of the BOTMs you should eat...or avoid. Peep our November BOTM recap inside.

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With Halloween in the rear view, the seasonal BOTMs are out in full effect with three of this month's four burgers consisting of bird patties. Sorry beef lovers-- November just isn't your month.

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In our October BOTM run, we discover nachos and burgers don't mix, sometimes cheese-stuffed patties aren't really stuffed after all, and there may be such a thing as too much meat

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It's been a long time coming but Kraze Burger is finally opening in D.C. The Korean-based joint will open its doors to the public in Barracks Row Thursday, October 17, while employees go through training.

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Tonight, WETA's new documentary on the D.C. burger scene, "Burgers in Washington," premieres on the tube featuring 17 different joints in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

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BOTMs are the opportunity to pull out all the stops. To open that tattered, grease-stained notebook filled with Franken-burger ideas and put forth a creation that should never achieve a permanent spot on the regular menu. This is the time to get fucking nuts.

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We're keeping it short and sweet with this month's BOTMs featuring two burger clones, a crustacean burg and a creative twist on a brown-bag fave.

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Local chef and former Top Chef contestant Timothy Dean's second TD Burger location is opening next Monday at 250 K Street NE in NoMa, Eater DC reports today.

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The burgers are all over the creativity scale this month with a July BOTM doppelganger, another District snub from Mr. Flay, a Tunisian creation and one that's almost certainly got Dr. Lecter's lips smacking.

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When first I heard of this month’s burger specials, my heart sank into my stomach, which then sank into my boots. And yet here I am, upbraided- chastened even by the experience. Not everything was terrific, but I am rarely so pleasantly surprised as I was in trying these four burgers.

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The Crew took a trip up through richy-rich Potomac last weekend and dipped into The Hunter's Inn on River Road for a quick bite.

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This month's gaggle of BOTMs is an international bunch including a Cubano-inspired burg, an Italian job, a joint from the Aloha State and one representing the lower 48.

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Not content with just reading about BOTMs, we also make it our mission to seek out and throw each of these creations into our faces.The latest BOTM review comes via Matt (@yaysaps) who gives the run down of June's burgers from the D.C. area's BOTM slingers.

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With the sun and rain battling for supremacy in the sky, 10 of D.C.'s top chefs battled in the courtyard of Poste Moderne Brasserie Sunday, hoping to walk away victorious from Brainfood's first-ever D.C. Burger Battle. After all was said and eaten, The Source's Scott Drewno won both the Judges' and Chefs' vote with host Dennis Marron of Poste taking home the People's Choice award.

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Starting tomorrow, BlackFinn (AmeriPub in Merrifield and regular ol' BlackFinns in D.C. and Bethesda) is kicking off their own Burger Month celebration with 30 days of burger specials and contests.

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With Brainfood's Burger Battle just about a week away, it's almost go time for the 10 competing D.C. chefs.

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The Daily Meal dropped their "40 Best Burgers in America" list today and we're happy to see two of our favorites make the cut.

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All things considered, this month's batch of BOTMs is sounding pretty damn tasty. Along with June's potentially delicious beef-on-a-bun creations, the BOTM club gets a shake up as Be Right Burger drops out of the mix but we see another joint step up to fill its greasy shoes.

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We're big champions of creativity here at Burger Days-- it's one of the reasons we highlight the area's special monthly burgers with our BOTM posts.

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Last week we did our annual burger-a-day thing and observed the shit outta National Hamburger Week.

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We hit up BGR for Day 5 of National Burger Week and since we were feeling particularly carnivorous, we went with the meatiest burger we could find on the menu: the Cuban.

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The long-delayed opening of Kraze Burger's third U.S. location is just around the corner, but now it's just a question of where that third location will be.

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Last Thursday, Eater DC went and talked "sliders" for an hour and in their wake, left us fiending for a fix. Too bad it's damn near impossible to find one around here.

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After a year hiatus, Eater's "Burger Week" is back featuring a slew of burger-related content from all across the Eater Nation.

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If one more person tells us "spring has sprung," we might seriously murder someone. So instead of telling you shit you already know about the weather, here's the scoop on this month's BOTMs.

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Not only is baseball back in D.C. today, but the Nationals home opener also marks the return of another season's worth of beefy tributes to the Nats' #1 starter.

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Home of killer tater tots, Food, Wine & Co. in Bethesda is introducing a new lunchtime burger menu today with a lineup of new burgs for the eating.

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If you think the D.C. burger market is saturated now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Another holiday and, yes, another free burger opportunity from Z-Burger, though this one requires more than secret word.

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New Year. New burgers. This month we get a BOTY winner, a North Jersey burg, a burger that'll warm your belly (and your ass), and yes, another middle-finger from the Food Network guy.

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Anyone who resolves to eat less burgers in 2013 probably isn't reading this, so forget the pretense behind Z-Burger's latest promotion and just jump on the free grub.

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Another year gone by and, once again, the Crew has left a path of greasy destruction in its wake.

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Ahh December. While everyone else is focused on decorating, baking, gifting and all that other season stuff, we keep it focused on the fresh batch of BOTMs coming to the plate at D.C. burger joints.

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It's no longer a matter of if D.C. will get another new burger joint, it's now just a matter of how many. And from the sounds of it, we gotta whole lotta beef on the way.

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Look, we love Thanksgiving. LOVE IT. The morning-to-night food and booze fest that results in days upon days of glorious leftovers is one of our favorite times of the year. But as November rolls around, so does the emergence of turkey on center stage at burger joints everywhere. We do not love that.

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The polls have closed on one of three D.C. burger elections, while the other two are still going strong until Election Day.

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We have our first ever dual BOTMs this month, an Oktoberfest creation that pulls out all the stops, a BOTM that just might require a cleanse to unplug your insides and a burger that's suitable eating at any hour of the day.

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Is it really a surprise that even burgers get political in an election year? This is D.C. after all.

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Is Z-Burger the next Five Guys? If Peter Tabibian, the owner of the D.C.-based mini-chain, has his way, it just might be.

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The BOTM Club loses a member as brgr:shack shuts its doors but the remaining joints come with the thunder this month.

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A fresh batch of BOTMs hits the streets of the D.M.V this month featuring two that are just about i-damn-dentical, one inspired by a Mountain State and two which, unfortunately, make stars outta some birds.

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Out with the old and busted June burgs and in with the new hotness for July.

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Looks like D.C. burger makers did some heavy shopping in the produce section as the BOTMs go big on the green in June. Basil, arugula, mixed greens, pickles and avocados get major play on the beef this month and that's just like eating a salad with a bit of meat thrown in, right?

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We're happy to see some of our favorite burger joints in D.C. repped well in the June issue of Washingtonian.

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If it didn't necessitate wearing pants with an elastic waistband for the rest of our lives, we could definitely get used to this burger-a-day thing.

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Continuing our beef-filled run through National Hamburger Week, we took on BGR’s May BOTM on Day 3.

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This being National Hamburger Month and all, it's only fitting that one of our favorite burgers of last year returns in all its pulled-pork glory as a BOTM.

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We just couldn't bring ourselves to order the de facto April BOTM from BGR. So instead we present to you BGR's April Burger of the Month, Burger Days style: the Beef Cobb.

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Meat on meat. Sandwiches on sandwiches. A Juicy Lucy. And....Chicago? Well, three outta four ain't bad. Peep the D.C. March BOTMs inside.

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This Wednesday, all those February 29 D.O.B.'s are finally getting their due in one of the greatest ways ever. Free burgers.

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We're always up for a trek when it comes to burgering, but if that trek involves Miami and 30+ burgers from the some of the best-known burg chefs in the biz-- we're there with beefy bells on.

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There's a trio of seasonal BOTMs this month as two give a nod to revelry on Bourbon Street and one does its best Cupid impression. And while the fourth eschews all February festivities, it still holds a special place in our greasy hearts.

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Traditionally, our weekends consist of equal amounts of eating and drinking and sleeping. Super Bowl weekend, however, skews the ratio in favor of booze and grub, so we're elated these area joints are pulling out the stops for the game and hooking up specials to satisfy our hunger.

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Now that one of the greatest mysteries of our time has been solved, we are officially declaring November 30, Fatburger Day.

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Well 'Skins fans, think you can suck it up and root for the Ravens this weekend?

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As we roll into 2012, the new year kicks off with a new slate of BOTMs, including a brand-new joint's introduction to the lineup of special monthly burgers. Also this month, one burg is only available two days of the week, another hooks up with everybody's favorite Thai hot sauce and, once again, the Food Network star's spot gives D.C. a swift kick to the nuts.

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As we inched closer to the New Year, we checked the numbers and realized we had yet to hit our burger quota for 2011. So naturally, a year-end burger splurge was in order.

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Since we're all about getting as many vices in before the ball drops this Sunday, the news Z-Burger is slinging free burgers tomorrow, Friday Dec. 30, is music to our ears.

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We've eaten a lot of burgers this year. And through our legion of ground beef adventures in 2011, we encountered some pretty spectacular burgers. Each member of the Crew was asked to look back at their diary of burger consumption and find the one special creation– that single combination of bread and meat that stood head-and-shoulders above all the rest.

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One burger gets in the season, another clones one of our faves and, the third? Well, let's just say we're still waiting for our hometown to be recognized by Mr. Food Network. Peep the December BOTMs after the jump.

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The Crew is done turkey'd out. After our experiences with the turkey BOTMs earlier this month and the onslaught of the poultry during Thanksgiving (And the day after. And the day after that...etc.), we needed a hefty dose of red meat to keep us sane.

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Word on the street is Kraze Burger has quietly opened their first U.S. location in Bethesda this past week.

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When we first learned that both BGR and brgr:shack went turkey with their November BOTMs, we decided to put our disdain for the bird burgers behind us and give the two poultry patties a try. 'Tis the season after all.

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