Two beefy made-up food holidays collide Tuesday.
May 28 is National Burger Day, aka National Hamburger Day, and the lesser-known National Brisket Day.
Offers.com surveyed 1,200 consumers to find out their favorite spot to grab a burger. Five Guys was the top pick with 28%, followed by In-N-Out and Wendy’s with 17% each, McDonald’s with 15% and 14% for Burger King.
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’re rounding up the burger bargains available Tuesday unless otherwise noted at participating locations. We’re also filling your appetite for deals with ongoing sign-up offers.
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National Burger Day specials
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.
BurgerFi: Get a $5 BurgerFi cheeseburger Tuesday. The offer is only for in-store purchases and for the double-patty BurgerFi cheeseburger. Limit one per customer.
Dairy Queen: Get a free hamburger with purchase of a malt or shake Tuesday through May 31 with an offer on the DQ mobile app. Download at www.dairyqueen.com/app.
Dog Haus: All 36 locations are offering free burgers Tuesday to the first 100 people at each location, who choose between a This Burger or That Burger. To get this freebie, you need to download and register the Dog Haus app and then scan at the restaurant. No purchase is necessary. Download the app at http://app.doghaus.com.
Islands Restaurants: Reward members get buy-one-get-one free burgers Tuesday. Become a member by downloading the Islands App to your phone and signing up.
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes: Get a free quarter-pound BYO Burger Tuesday with purchase of fries and a drink or shake. Add-ons not included.
Ruby Tuesday: Through May 31, enter the Ruby Tuesday Burger Jackpot at www.rtburgerjackpot.com for a chance to win prizes, including free burgers, the grand prize trip to Las Vegas and free Ruby Tuesday for a year.
TooJay’s: The Florida-based chain has a new burger lineup through July 28 and is giving members of its Delicious Rewards program double points in May.
Wayback Burgers: For National Burger Day Tuesday, get a signature burger for $3. The chain also has been celebrating National Hamburger Month with a month of surprise deals for customers who have the Wayback app. Offers vary and include discounts, double or triple points or a free side or drink. Download the app at www.waybackburgers.com/loyalty. The app isn’t need for Tuesday’s deal.
White Castle: The fast-food chain known for its slider burgers is celebrating National Brisket Day through May 31 with a buy-one-get-one free deal. Get a free BBQ Brisket Slider with purchase of one with a coupon posted at www.whitecastle.com/value-offers.
More deals: Some smaller chains and locally owned businesses also will have deals for Burger Day. One of the easiest ways to find specials is by checking social media accounts.
Ongoing sign-up deals, rewards
These aren’t all burger deals but they are ongoing specials from restaurants that serve burgers. Most require signing up for email clubs or downloading and using smartphone apps. Participation varies by location.
A&W: Get a free A&W Root Beer Float for your birthday and monthly deals when you join the Mug Club at www.awrestaurants.com.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: New members of the chain’s rewards program also get a coupon for a free Pizookie for signing up www.bjsrestaurants.com.
BurgerFi: Join BurgerFi Rewards to earn rewards on purchases and get a free regular order of fries for registering. Sign up at www.burgerfi.com/rewards.
Burger King: Find coupons on the restaurant’s smartphone app, which can be downloaded at www.bk.com/app.
Carl’s Jr.: Get a coupon for a free small fries and beverage with the purchase of any Six Dollar Burger for signing up for emails at www.carlsjr.com/email_signup.
Checkers: Get a coupon for a free large fries with any purchase when you sign up for emails at www.checkers.com/deals.
Culver’s: Sign up for the chain’s eClub for “delicious perks” at www.culvers.com.
Dairy Queen: Find weekly exclusives on the Dairy Queen app. Limit one offer per person per visit.
Habit Burger: Join the Habit Burger CharClub at www.habitburger.com/charclub for offers and get a treat for your birthday.
Hardee’s: Get a coupon for a free small fries and beverage with the purchase of any “One-third pound Thickburger” for joining the chain’s email list.
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries: Get a free milkshake and earn rewards when you download the My Hwy 55 app at www.hwy55.com/myhwy55.
Jack in the Box: Unlock special offers when you enter your email or cell phone at www.jackinthebox.com/offers.
McDonald’s: The fast-food chain’s app has ongoing coupons. Download the app at www.mcdonalds.com.
Rally’s: Get a coupon for a free large fries with any purchase when you sign up for emails at www.rallys.com/deals.
Red Robin: Join the Red Robin Royalty Program to earn rewards and get surprise rewards. Plus, there are special rewards for military members and teachers. Sign up at www.redrobin.com/royalty.
Ruby Tuesday: Join the So Connected email club to get a free appetizer up to $10 with adult entree purchase and a free burger or free garden bar for your birthday. Sign up at www.rubytuesday.com.
Shake Shack: Sign up for exclusive offers at www.shakeshack.com.
Sonic Drive-In: Find deals at www.sonicdrivein.com/deals and download the Sonic app for a free slush or drink at www.sonicdrivein.com/app.
Steak ‘n Shake: Find savings, learn more about half-price happy hour and join the rewards program at www.steaknshake.com.
TGI Fridays: Join the rewards program and choose a free appetizer or dessert.
TooJay’s: Get a free dessert for joining the Delicious Rewards program at www.toojays.com/delicious-rewards.
Wayback Burgers: Get a free classic burger after your first purchase with the Wayback app. Sign up at www.waybackburgers.com/loyalty.
Wendy’s: For a limited time, get free chicken fingers and other coupons for downloading the smartphone app at www.wendys.com.
Whataburger: Earn free food with the smartphone app, which can be downloaded at whataburger.com.
White Castle: Find specials at www.whitecastle.com/promotions.
Wienerschnitzel: Find coupons and sign up for the Wiener Lovers’ Club at at www.wienerschnitzel.com/specials.
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