Everybody likes free food. Especially these days, when food is more expensive than ever.
But luckily, it’s also easier than ever to get free food or a free drink. All you need is the right rewards app.
Whether you’re looking to score a free doughnut or a free burger and fries at your favorite restaurant, here are the best food apps to put on your mobile phone.
The Best Free Food Apps
Here are the 25 top free food apps available today.
- Uber Eats
- Burger King
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Panera Bread
- Dairy Queen
- Krispy Kreme
- Baskin Robbins
- Taco Bell
- Steak ‘n Shake
- Auntie Anne’s
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Baja Fresh
- Jimmy John’s
The Starbucks Rewards app is sweeter than a vanilla latte. It’s also one of the most popular restaurant rewards programs of all time.
Download the Starbucks app and open an account to start collecting points, or Stars. You’ll receive one to three Stars for every dollar you spend at any Starbucks location. To maximize your Star earnings, pay with a Starbucks Card preloaded with your Starbucks Rewards Visa.
You can apply your Stars toward free food items, drinks, and other perks. You can start redeeming awards once you’ve collected 25 Stars.
Here’s a spicy free food app! Download the Chipotle app and sign up for the Chipotle Rewards program to start collecting points. You’ll get ten points for every $1 that you spend through the app (excluding alcohol, gift cards, gear, taxes, fees, and tips). You’ll also get free chips and guacamole just for signing up.
You can save up your points to use on the Chipotle Rewards Exchange. Rewards include free menu items, sustainably-made clothes and accessories, and charitable donations.
When it comes to fast food, McDonald’s always hits the spot — especially when it’s free.
Download the McDonald’s app on your phone, sign up for MyMcDonald’s Rewards, and automatically earn a free large order of fries. You can practically taste them already, right?
After you make your first app order, you’ll receive an offer for a free cheeseburger, McChicken, vanilla ice cream, or order of hash browns. And for every dollar you spend, you’ll get 100 MyMcDonald’s Rewards points. Collect 6,000 points and you could receive a free Big Mac or Happy Meal.
4. Uber Eats
Uber Eats is one of the most popular food delivery apps around. And if you sign up for Uber Rewards, you can start earning points every time you use Uber Eats or even request an Uber ride.
Once you receive 2,500 points, you can get a free Uber Eats meal valued at $25. Or, if you collect 8,000 points, you’ll get 50% off all Uber Eats orders for a month — a great option for frequent Uber users.
5. Burger King
Here’s a Whopper of a deal: Burger King’s Royal Perks program gives users ten points, or Crowns, for every $1 they spend at participating restaurants using the Burger King app. This offer is also available through BK.com.
As an added bonus, you’ll get double Crowns on eligible purchases made during your birthday month. Every day, you can also upsize one order of fries, hash browns, soda, or coffee for free.
6. Dunkin’ Donuts
Dunkin’ fans will enjoy DD Perks. This program pays five points for every $1 spent. DD Perks users also get exclusive bonus offers for earning additional points.
Once you save 200 points, you’ll get a free coffee or other hot or cold drink. This is an excellent option for people who need their morning Dunkin’ fix.
The Chick-fil-A app features a tiered rewards program called Chick-fil-A One. This loyalty program starts by giving you ten points for every dollar you spend at Chick-fil-A restaurants. But as you continue to “Eat Mor Chikin,” you’ll move up to higher tiers.
To reach the highest level, Silver, you’ll need to earn 10,000 points per year. At this level, you’ll earn thirteen points per dollar. At any time, you can cash out rewards to earn free menu items.
8. Panera Bread
If you’re ready for a carb overload (and who isn’t?) Panera Bread offers the MyPanera program. You can sign up when you download the restaurant app.
New MyPanera members get a free pastry and free delivery for 30 days. You’ll also earn personalized rewards based on your purchasing habits.
And if you’re a “pro” Panera customer, for $8.99 per month you can sign up for a MyPanera+ coffee subscription and get unlimited cups of Joe.
Quiznos offers the Toasty Points loyalty program, which gives you one point for every $1 spent. You can either order through the app or scan your receipt to earn points.
Once you earn twenty points, you’ll get a free regular drink. And seventy points will give you a free eight-inch sub or full salad.
10. Dairy Queen
If you’re a true-blue Blizzard fanatic, you’ll love earning rewards with the Dairy Queen app. You’ll earn one point for every ten cents spent. At 150 points, you’ll receive a coupon for a free regular fries or onion rings. And 300 points will earn you a free shake.
But high achievers (or total sweet tooths) who save 2,500 points will get a free DQ or Blizzard Cake. That’s downright delicious.
11. Krispy Kreme
Speaking of sweet tooths, the Krispy Kreme app offers a great rewards program that will “pay” you in free donuts.
Get this: You can get a free donut just for signing up. Over time, you can track your purchases through the Krispy Kreme mobile app and increase your chances of earning other tasty treats.
12. Baskin Robbins
Ice cream lovers, rejoice! Baskin Robbins will give you a free scoop just for downloading its app and signing up for mobile deals. Who wouldn’t go for some free ice cream?
The app also offers exclusive deals to its members. You can even use the app to send the gift of ice cream to your friends.
13. Taco Bell
You know the drill by now. Download the Taco Bell app, order food, and get points.
You’ll get ten points for every $1 you spend at Taco Bell. And you’ll earn a reward for every 250 points you collect. The more you spend, the more rewards you earn. And you just can’t beat free tacos.
The My Chili’s Rewards program offers a variety of fun rewards like free meals for kids, free desserts, and free appetizers. You can also get a free dessert on your birthday, access to free WiFi, and a one-tap reorder option for your favorite treats.
Track and redeem rewards through the Chili’s app and scan your phone on your table’s Ziosk to cash in. It’s that simple.
If you’re a big fan of the drive-in chain and its roller-skating carhops, you’ll love Sonic’s loyalty program. To start collecting rewards, download the Sonic app and start ordering.
Every month, you’ll receive a special rewards offer for free food. And you can also use the app to get half-priced drinks anytime you order ahead.
16. Steak ‘n Shake
Steak ‘n Shake offers Rewards Club, a loyalty app that lets users collect and manage rewards, place orders, and receive offers on their phones. How good does a free milkshake sound right about now?
Here’s how it works: Make a qualified purchase at Steak ‘n Shake and earn a point for every $1 you spend. Once you rack up fifty points, you’ll receive a $5 reward you can apply to future items. Suffice it to say this is a great option for ice cream and burger fans.
Of course, if you love burgers, you really can’t go wrong with Wendy’s. And now you can get free food just for making everyday purchases with the Wendy’s app.
Download the Wendy’s app, order food, and earn ten points for every $1 you spend. Rewards range from a small Frosty (150 points) to a Baconator or full-size salad (700 points). The more money you spend, the faster you’ll get your free reward.
18. Auntie Anne’s
Few can resist hot, salty pretzels from Auntie Anne’s. And now you can get free food through the Pretzel Perks app after you make your first order.
Here’s how it works: The app gives you ten points for every dollar you spend. Once you reach 250 points, you’ll get a free pretzel! What’s more, you’ll also get rewards and exclusive offers. You’ll even get a birthday treat.
19. Buffalo Wild Wings
For a red-hot rewards program, join the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Rewards herd. Earn points by checking in and ordering items. You can redeem those points on food and merchandise. Is there a Wing Night in your future?
The Applebee’s app offers great rewards to members of Club Applebee’s. Join today and start earning exclusive deals for everyone’s favorite neighborhood bar and grill.
21. Baja Fresh
For great deals on Mexican food, sign up for Baja Fresh’s Club Baja. Simply create an account and use the app to earn one point for every $1 you spend. Baja Fresh is currently running a promotion for new members that will give you fifty bonus points just for joining.
If you live in the Midwest, chances are you can’t get enough of Culver’s. Now frequent customers can rack up rewards through the MyCulver’s loyalty program and get great offers and discounts.
Pancake lovers should head over to IHOP’s MyHop rewards program for free pancakes and easy online ordering. Plus, you’ll get member-only news and deals through the service. Simply sign up and start collecting!
24. Jimmy John’s
Sign up for Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast Rewards and earn rewards every time you order. You’ll get sides, sandwiches, and other fun items just by being a customer.
If you’re a fan of chicken, join the Zax Fanz Club, a rewards program that turns online orders and in-person purchases into free food.
Collect some great returns just for eating some old-fashioned American comfort food. Yee-haw!
Frequently Asked Questions
What restaurants give you free food when you download their apps?
Several of the restaurants on our list give customers free food just for downloading their apps. For example, Chipotle will give you a free order of chips and guacamole when you sign up.
How can I get free food online?
To get free food online, sign up for any of the loyalty rewards programs on our list today. In no time, you’ll be on your way to earning free menu items.
Can I get free burgers through rewards apps?
Many restaurants offer free burgers just for signing up, making purchases, and collecting rewards points. Poke around and see if your favorite burger joint has a loyalty program. It might just be your lucky day.
The Bottom Line
Who doesn’t love free food from their favorite restaurant? There are many restaurant and delivery apps that let you earn tasty rewards.
However, before you select a rewards app and make a purchase, remember that this approach can get expensive. After all, many restaurants require you to order a lot of food before earning a freebie.
Ordering food can quickly send you over your budget — making it harder to achieve your long-term financial objectives. Even small purchases like fast food can quickly add up over time. You could potentially go broke if you’re not careful.
Most people who are financially independent eat at home most nights instead of going out and spending a ton of money. Remember, reaching financial independence isn’t easy. It requires avoiding impulse purchases in favor of more frugal decisions.
With a little discipline, you can learn to start saving more money. Over time, your savings and investments will compound, and you can dine in style more often.
Here’s to staying healthy and eating well on your journey to financial freedom.