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Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Food for Memorial Day

There are loads of food deals you'll find over Memorial Day weekend.

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Like everything else right now, Memorial Day is going to be atypical. But that doesn't mean burgers, brats, and charcoal-crisped smells wafting through the neighborhood are totally off the menu. 

Restaurants across the US, both chains and local restaurants, are offering steals on classic Memorial Day food that will keep you feeling like you're actually enjoying Memorial Day weekend and not just another boring day inside with Netflix. You'll find free and cheap food from spots like Wendy's, Whataburger, Steak 'n Shake, Burger King, and loads of other spots that are offering deals on alcohol as well as the summery food you're craving.

Here are the best food deals available Memorial Day weekend. 

Free Food on Memorial Day

Subway
The deal:
 Belly up with the aid of sandwich artists. Subway is offering BOGO foot-long subs.
When: Ongoing

Whataburger
The deal:
When you order online, you can get buy-one-get-one-free burgers
When: Through May 25

Burger King
The deal:
Order at least $15 worth of the good stuff through Postmates, use the code "FRYDAY," and you'll get set up with a free order of BK fries
When: May 22-25

Steak 'n Shake
The deal:
  Everyone -- yes, that includes you -- is getting a free order of fries at Steak 'n Shake. You'll have to go through the drive-thru, but there's no minimum order. It's open to anyone, at any time as a part of a program called "We're All Essential." Though, you don't have to know that part to get the free fries. 
When: Ongoing

Wendy's
The deal:
Make any purchase at all through the Wendy's app and you'll get a free Spicy Chicken Sandwich or a Breakfast Baconator. (You can actually get both at different times. These are separate offers available in the app.)
When: Through June 7

Jack in the Box
The deal:
Get a free shake with any purchase made in the fast-food chain's mobile app. 
When: Through May 25

Quizno's
The deal:
Current and former members of the military can get a free eight-inch sub with the purchase of another eight-inch sub and two bottled drinks. 
When: May 22-25

Rubio's Coastal Grill
The deal:
Active military personnel and veterans can get a free adult entrée with the purchase of another adult entrée with this coupon. Additionally, anyone can nab two entrées for $15 or four entrées for $30 when ordering through the Rubio's app or by grabbing the QR code on the chain's website. 
When: May 25 (Family Weekend Deal available May 22-25)

Auntie Anne's
The deal:
Sign up for the pretzel shop's reward program and you'll get a free pretzel with your first purchase of at least $1. 
When: Ongoing

B.GOOD
The deal:
When you sign up for the B.GOOD reward program, you're going to get one free side. 
When: Ongoing

Bruegger's Bagels
The deal:
You'll land a free bagel with cream cheese when you sign up for the Inner Circle reward program. 
When: Ongoing

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
The deal:
Sign up for the club, and you're going to get set up with a free order of chips and queso.
When: Ongoing

Duck Donuts
The deal:
You're going to wind up with a free donut after your first purchase when you sign up for the recently-launched Duck Donuts Rewards Program. 
When: Ongoing

Courtesy of Whataburger

Food Deals for Memorial Day

Hungry Howie's
The deal:
You can get 51% off any menu-priced pizza at participating locations with the code "51OFF." That's also what Travis Green says to Troy Stecher when he wants him off the ice. Ahem. 
When: Through May 25

Chili's
The deal:
It's adding Baby Back Ribs to its 3 for $10 menu for one day only. The order includes one non-alcoholic beverage and a starter.
When: May 25

Drizly
The deal:
In recognition of Memorial Day, you can choose between $5 off an order or free shipping with the code "MDW5."
When: Through May 25

Whole Foods
The deal:
The grocer is running a sale on rosé. There are 12 total bottles available, all of which were already on sale, but will be docked another 20% over Memorial Day weekend. 
When: May 22-25

DoorDash & Kitchens Without Borders
The deal:
Get $0 delivery fees on any order from any of the 500 restaurants that are part of Kitchens Without Borders, highlighting immigrant and refugee-owned businesses. Plus, every order over this period from a KWB restaurant will result in the donation of a meal to Feeding America. Just use the code "RAMY."
When: May 23-30

Wayback Burgers
The deal:
Order through the Wayback app or in-restaurant and you'll get half-off a milkshake. I mean, you'll get the whole milkshake, it's just going to be half price. 
When: May 25

Dunkin'
The deal:
Every Monday in May, DD Perks members get a medium iced coffee for two bucks. That includes Memorial Day. 
When: Every Monday in May

Baskin-Robbins
The deal:
Place a delivery order of at least $15 and you'll get a $0 delivery fee on the order with the code "BASKIN." You'll also wind up with at least $15 worth of ice cream, which is a good situation. 
When: May 25

Winc
The deal:
The wine delivery service tailored to your tastes is offering new members 45% off their first purchase through the service. 
When: Through May 25

Wine Insiders
The deal:
Get 25% off wine orders on the site with the code "MEMORIAL25."
When: May 23-25

Pollo Campero
The deal
: Take $5 off an order of at least $25 with the code "5OFF25." Alternatively, you can trim $10 off an order of at least $50 with the code "10OFF50."
When: May 22-25

Wendy's
The deal:
New DoorDash customers get $5 off an order of at least $10 with the code "5OFFWENDYS."
When: Through May 31

Tijuana Flats
The deal:
Grab a "Backyard Bundle" put together special for Memorial Day weekend. (Though, all locations are closed on Memorial Day.) It's a $40 bundle that feeds four to six people with tacos or burritos as the entrée, chips and salsa, a gallon of tea or lemonade, and a complimentary pack of activities for kids.
When: Through May 24

Wendy's
The deal:
Buy one Made to Crave Chicken Sandwich and you'll get a second for a buck. 
When: Through June 7

Burger King
The deal:
Grab free delivery when you place an order of at least $20 through the Burger King mobile app. 
When: Through June 30

Godiva
The deal:
Spend $50 to get 20% or 25% off when you spend $100. You can also get free shipping when you spend at least $15. 
When: May 22-25

Yard House
The deal:
Trim 15% off your to-go order with the code "YHTOGO15." You can also pick up a 64-ounce growler of beer while you're there. 
When: Through May 31

Fogo de Chao
The deal:
Veterans and military personnel can get 20% off all to-go orders with a military ID. 
When: May 25

The Fresh Market
The deal:
Military personnel and spouses can get a 10% discount from the specialty grocer throughout Memorial Day weekend when they show a military ID. 
When: May 23-25

Bev
The deal:
The canned wine company is offering 20% off online orders when you drop in the code "BEVSUMMER."
When: May 22-25

Besa mi Vino
The deal:
Take 20% off any order of the canned wine with the code "LOVEYOU."
When: Ongoing

Panda Express
The deal:
The Chinese food chain you associate with malls is bringing back the $20 Family Meal Deal. Get two large sides and three large entrées for $20 when you order through the Panda Express app or website. 
When: Through May 25

Metro Diner
The deal:
Active military personnel and veterans get 10% off their order. 
When: Ongoing

LongHorn Steakhouse
The deal:
It's not food, but the steakhouse is putting its "Grill Masters" on high alert this weekend. They'll be available all weekend to answer your grilling questions when you're in a bind. Get all the details here
When: Through May 25

Local Food Deals for Memorial Day

Morton 27 - New York City, New York
The deal:
There are a few deals running, including two pork knuckle sandwiches (Schweinshaxn) for $29 and a sausage platter and two pints of beer to go for $34. 
When: Through May 25

San Pedro Fish Market - San Pedro, California
The deal:
The market is offering two big grilling kits that will make you look like a pitmaster. The Memorial Day Grilling kit with shrimp, snow crab, Kielbasa sausage, corn on the cob, and more is $99.99. 
When: Through May 25

Memorial Day food deals
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Other Deals Available on Memorial Day

Natural Light
The deal:
If you file your taxes with TaxAct, Natural Light will give you a free case of Natural Light. Get all the details here
When: Through July 15

Panera
The deal:
Take advantage of Panera's new curbside service and get $5 off an order of at least $20 when you use the code "CURBSIDE5."
When: Ongoing

Penn Station East Coast Subs
The deal:
Order a sub online and you can get a free small sub with the code "PSBOGO."
When: Ongoing

Firehouse Subs
The deal:
The chain's new Family Meal deal gets you a mix-and-match pack of three subs, three orders of chips, and three cookies for $24. 
When: Ongoing

White Castle
The deal:
If you're an employee at a grocery store or a retail food outlet, you can get 20% off any order at White Castle. It's the chain's way of thanking workers for their hard work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
When: Through June 15

The Vice Wine
The deal:
Grab a "Napa Delivered" case of 12 wines that give a taste of what the region has to offer. The full case costs $300 and comes with free shipping. 
When: Ongoing

More Memorial Day Deals?

Did we miss a deal from your favorite spot? Email us at news@thrillist.com and we'll add it here. 

Want More Free Food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best reward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.