WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — It doesn’t attract the fanfare that Nathan’s annual Hot Dog Eating Contest does, but Z-Burger’s Independence Burger Eating Championship in D.C. boasts its fair share of competitive eaters.

The fifth annual competition for beef lovers took place Wednesday at Z-Burger’s Tenleytown location, and a new world-record was set as Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti devoured 28 burgers in 10 minutes, topping the previous record of 26 burgers.

“It was a struggle the whole time,” said Bertoletti, a part-time competitive eater who traveled to the nation’s capital for the contest from Chicago.

Photos: Competitive Eaters Chow Down in D.C.

Bertoletti told WNEW’s Kevin Rincon that his recovery plan includes not eating again until Thursday evening.

“I’m just going to go to the pharmacy and get some Pepto and lay down,” he said.

Bertoletti was awarded $2,500 in cash and Z-Burger gift cards and a trophy for his record-setting victory.

Jamie “The Bear” McDonald, of Hartford, Conn., polished off 24 burgers to take second place. Dale Boone, of Atlanta, took third place with 21 burgers.

But this isn’t the only competitive eating competition they’ll be participating in this week.

“We’ve got six contests in five days,” Boone said.

Onlookers compared the eating competition to a nasty car wreck — too intriguing to look away.

“This is probably the grossest and most awesome thing I’ve seen,” one person said.

“They just kind of puree it and it just slides down their gullet. It’s kind of gross to watch,” another onlooker added.

Bertoletti said he was impressed with the competition at the D.C. event.

“There’s a lot of guys in the woodwork who can eat a lot and that are just natural eaters,” he said. “The longer there’s eating contests, and the more there are, more people are going to come out. It’s going to be great.”

Perhaps most importantly, Bertoletti took the world record from Canada and brought it back to America just in time for the Fourth of July.

WNEW’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.