Here’s Where You Can Get a Free Burger on National Cheeseburger Day 2018

Americans love cheeseburgers. Collectively, we scarf down 50 billion burgers every year – roughly three per person, per week. So it’s fitting someone has decided to make a holiday to commemorate our love of meat, cheese, and bun.

Tuesday, September 18, is National Cheeseburger Day. And in honor of this not-quite-official holiday, burger joints around the country are offering up special deals and promotions. A few are even handing out free burgers. Here are the best deals for National Cheeseburger Day 2018 (and beyond) that we’ve found, including where you can get a free burger.

A cheeseburger and fries.

A cheeseburger and fries. | Scott Olson/Getty Images


Cheeseburgers deserve more than a day of celebration, at least according to Wendy’s. For the entire month of September, Wendy’s is offering a free Dave’s Single with any purchase to customers who use its app.


Competitive eaters, take note. Fuddruckrers is marking National Cheeseburger Day with a “3-Pound Burger Challenge.” Any person who can finish a 3-pound burger and a 1-pound side order of fries in an hour will earn a $25 gift card. You do need to make a reservation 24 hours in advance if you hope to participate in this challenge.

White Castle

Snag a complimentary Cheese Slider with any purchases at White Castle with this coupon. It’s good on September 18 only.

Habit Burger

This SoCal-based chain has been called the “best-tasting burger in America.” You can judge for yourself for free if you make a donation to No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood hunger. Through September 26, any donation of $2 or more earns you a certificate good for a free burger on your next visit.


Sonic doesn’t have any special National Cheeseburger Day deals, but it does have something even better. Every Tuesday night, you can score a half-price cheeseburger from 5 p.m. to close.


IHOP International House of Pancakes

An IHOP restaurant | Wolterk/ iStock/ Getty Images

IHOP has spent the past few months aggressively trying to convince people that it’s not just a pancake restaurant. But for people who can’t give up their flapjacks, the chain has a best-of-both-worlds deal for National Cheeseburger Day: Buy any IHOP Ultimate Steakburger and get a free side of buttermilk pancakes or pumpkin spice pancakes. The deal is good on September 18 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Johnny Rockets

Join Johnny Rockets’ Rocket E-Club and you’ll get a coupon for a free burger with any purchase. This deal is good anytime, not just on National Cheeseburger Day.


On September 18, buy one regular-price BurgerFi cheeseburger and get the second for only $1.

Ruby Tuesday

Every member of Ruby Tuesday’s So Connected club gets a coupon for a free burger with the purchase of any entrée on September 18 or September 19. So Connected members also get a free burger on their birthday.

Farmer Boys

This quick-serve California chain dishes up burgers made with locally sourced ingredients. On September 18, you can get a Big Cheese burger for just $1.

Red Robin

Red Robin is marking National Cheeseburger Day 2018 with $5 gourmet cheeseburgers and bottomless steak fries. You must purchase a drink to get the deal.

Wayback Burgers

This burger chain has locations in more than two dozen states and is offering a pretty sweet deal for National Cheeseburger Day. Purchase one Cheeeesy Burger in the app on September 18, and get another one free.

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