National Cheeseburger Day: 15 freebies and burger deals from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, more

National Cheeseburger Day 2021 is on Saturday, September 18, and for you burger junkies out there, that means freebies, deals and more offers at some of your favorite fast food and restaurant chains, like McDonald’s, Applebee’s and more.

Why is there a “National Cheeseburger Day?” Well, if you really need an excuse to celebrate the very excellent cheeseburger, National Day Calendar says that Lionel Sternberger claims to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s sandwich shop in California. He dropped a slice of cheese on a sizzling burger as an experiment, and the rest is history.

Other claims date to 1928 at O’Dell’s in Los Angeles, or Kaelin’s Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, which claims they invented the cheeseburger in 1934.

Do you care? Do you really just want to know where to find a cheap or free cheeseburger today? Here you go, dear reader. Don’t forget to check if the location you’re planning on visiting is participating in the deal listed.

Applebee’s: Get a cheeseburger, fries, and a 30-ounce (non-alcoholic) beverage for $9.99 at Applebee’s when you order takeout or delivery. Find a location »

Black Tap - The first 100 customers to sign up on September 18 on Black Tap’s National Cheeseburger Day website will be rewarded with a complimentary cheeseburger. Find a location »

BurgerFi - Enter a sweepstakes to win a free A+ Meal (BurgerFi cheeseburger, fresh-cut fries and a freestyle beverage) for a year. You can find the contest on BurgerFi social media channels (Twitter) through Sept. 24. Find a location »

Dairy Queen - Get a single cheeseburger for $1 via the DQ app. Find a location »

Dog Haus - Enjoy the signature cheeseburger for $5 at participating locations. Find a location »

Friendly’s - Sweet Rewards members can get a FREE medium sundae with the purchase of any cheeseburger on Saturday, September 18. Find a location »

Hamburger Stand - Buy one cheeseburger, get another free with this coupon. Find a location »

McDonald’s - McDonald’s app users can score a double cheeseburger for 50 cents. Plus, get 1500 bonus points toward future freebies. Find a location »

Red Robin - Royalty members can buy one, get one 50% off cheeseburgers through September 19. Find a location »

Smashburger - Get a $5 Double Classic Burger. Find a location »

STK - Get an STK Wagyu Burger and fries for just $7.99 when you order takeout or delivery. Find a location »

Teton Waters Ranch - Get 15% off burger blend orders through Sept. 19 with the code NATLCHEESEBURGERDAY15. Order now »

The Habit Burger Grill - Get a free Charburger with cheese when you make a $20+ order through Uber Eats. Order now »

Wayback Burgers - Buy one classic burger, get the other one free on Saturday. Find a location »

Wendy’s - Buy one premium cheeseburger, get one free via the Wendy’s app. Find a location »


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