DC burger chain to offer free 'nothing burgers'
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A Washington-based burger chain is offering free “nothing burgers” for customers this week.

Z-Burger announced Monday that it would offer customers a “Nothing Burger” consisting solely of a hamburger patty and a bun at Z-Burger’s Tenleytown location, in reference to the frequent refrain from President Trump's defenders that his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer was a "nothing burger."

Customers have to say the password “nothing burger” to redeem the deal.

In a news release, Z-Burger founder Peter Tabibian explained the offer.

“For years, when someone ordered a plain burger, I have always yelled out the order as as ’nothing burger’ to my cooks, so I think that I actually invented the term,” Tabibian said.

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In an interview last week, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) said reporting by The New York Times about the meeting was “maybe some condiment on this nothing burger.”

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus also used the term during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace earlier this month.

“It was a nothing meeting,” Priebus said at the time. “I don’t know much about it other than it seems to be on the end of the Trump individuals a big nothing burger but may spin out of control for the [Democratic National Committee] and the Democrats.”