Two beefy made-up food holidays collide Friday.
Ahead of Memorial Day barbecues and cookouts, May 28 is National Burger Day, aka National Hamburger Day, and the lesser-known National Brisket Day. It’s also considered International Burger Day.
And as businesses typically do for made-up food holidays, they are celebrating by offering deals and freebies Friday. Some specials are ongoing offers and many require an app or membership in a loyalty program.
If you’re going to celebrate by grilling up a burger at home, be careful because not cooking ground beef properly can be deadly.
We’ve rounded up the burger bargains available Friday at participating locations nationwide.
National Burger Day deals
The following discounts and offers available at participating locations Friday, May 28, unless otherwise noted. Offers can vary and most times are offered while supplies last. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.
Burger King: For National Burger Day, get a free Whopper with an app offer and a $3 purchase Friday. Find additional deals on the Burger King app. For a limited time, the chain has a buy one, get one for $1 deal on the Whopper, Impossible Whopper and other menu items.
Del Taco: Get buy-one-get-one free Double Del Cheeseburgers Friday with the chain’s app.
Friendly’s: Get a free medium sundae with a burger purchase if you’re a BFF club member. Join by downloading the mobile app or at Friendlysrestaurants.com
Heinz: The ketchup brand is looking for its first-ever “Head Burger Artist” who will get $25,000 and free Heinz condiments for life. Learn more and sign up at Heinzartoftheburger.com
Jack in the Box: Starting Friday and through Memorial Day Monday, get 20% off in the mobile app.
McDonald’s: Find deals on McDonald’s app. Also, each Friday through June 27, get a free medium fries each Friday on mobile orders with a minimum $1 purchase when using an app offer.
Papa John’s: Through June 1, save 25% on orders of the new Parmesan Crusted Papadia with promo code PARMCRUSTED.
Pepsi: The brand is giving some consumers a chance to get a free Pepsi Friday. Share a photo of yourself with a Pepsi and any burger purchased Friday on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with #BetterWithPepsi. Pepsi says it will reach out to verify the consumer’s receipts that “clearly show a burger and a Pepsi purchase.” You can also enter by clicking a #BetterWithPepsi ad on Facebook or Instagram and then sharing your receipt. Learn more at Pepsiburgerday.tryadrink.com.
Red Robin: Existing members of the chain’s loyalty program get buy-one-get-one 50% Gourmet Burgers through May 31. By joining the “Royalty” program, get a free burger during your birthday month and other discounts. Sign up at Redrobin.com/royalty.
Sonic Drive-In: For a limited time, get a Twisted Texan Cheeseburger or Footlong Quarter Pound Coney or Cheeseburger for half price when you order online or in the Sonic app. One per customer.
WaBa Grill: For the month of May, the chain is giving free avocados with its “Half-Ocado promotion.” Every entree purchase is eligible to get a free “Half-Ocado,” which the company says is “a true half of an avocado.
Wayback Burgers: Get a $3 Signature Burger Friday with the chain’s app..
Wendy’s: Get a free Dave’s Single or Junior Bacon Cheeseburger Friday with purchase and a mobile offer on the Wendy’s app. There are other ongoing offers on the Wendy’s app including a deal on premium burgers.
White Castle: Sign up for the free Craver Nation loyalty program in the White Castle app and receive a free Combo Meal. Also through May 31, show proof that you got the COVID-19 vaccine and get a free dessert-on-a-stick of your choice.
Wing Zone: The chain is offering a lunch special Friday and Saturday. Get a burger, wedge fries and a 20-ounce drink for $9. When ordering online, click WZ Deals and enter combo code 2165. Use the code 2165 when calling in orders or share with the cashier at the restaurant.
More deals: Some smaller chains and locally owned businesses also will have deals Friday. One of the easiest ways to find specials is by checking social media accounts.