Z-Burger is Offering Free ‘Nothing Burgers’ Tuesday

Just say the secret password: nothing burger.

Good news for the cynics of the world. You’ve always said that nothing comes free. Well, this Tuesday at Z-Burger, that’s true.

The Tenleytown location of the burger chain will offer free “nothing burgers” from 11 AM to 2 PM on July 18. The promotion was inspired by talk of Donald Trump, Jr.‘s email scandal and whether his possible collusion with Russia is or isn’t a “nothing burger,” as White House chief of staff Reince Priebus called it.

“For the longest time, every time someone gets a plain burger, we’ve been calling it a ‘nothing burger,'” Z-Burger founder Peter Tabibian says. “When I saw this news about the nothing burger I said, ‘This is kind of funny that we’ve been doing this, and now, all they’re talking about is nothing burgers.'”

There’s no purchase necessary to get your hands on one of the free burgers. Just utter the not-so-secret password: nothing burger.

And that’s not where Tabibian’s benevolence ends. While his idea of a nothing burger means no sauce or toppings, customers taking advantage of the promotion can get all the pickles, cheese, and Ketchup they want. The offer extends to cheeseburgers, bacon cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, and veggie burgers.

Z-Burger isn’t the only one to riff off the Trump, Jr. memes. Community Restaurant & Lounge in Bethesda is offering the “Donald Trump Jr. Burger/’Did I Just Hit Reply All?,” featuring Russian dressing, an optional shot of vodka, and extra napkins “to clean up from throwing Dad under the bus.”

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Christine Jackson joined Washingtonian as an editorial fellow in summer 2017. She enjoys writing about art, culture, history, news of the weird and, occasionally, hockey. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and is an alumna of the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, more affectionately known as Mizzou. For now you can find her hanging around Cathedral Heights.