The 10 Best Free Food Apps You Should Have On Your Phone

Two friends holding chicken sandwiches from McDonald's for Friendship Day
McDonald’s | Facebook

Free food. One of the best combinations of words in the world. I’ve always thought the only thing better than a great meal is a great meal that I don’t have to pay for. That’s what makes these food apps so amazing.

If you’re on the hunt for freebies and deals at your favorite restaurants, they might be only a few taps away. A lot of popular restaurants have apps that give you free food just for downloading them.

Here are the best food apps that we could find.

1. Panera Bread

Variety of bakery treats and hot coffee from Panera Bread
Panera Bread | Facebook

Panera has a sweet deal for new My Panera members: unlimited coffee for the summer! (Yes, even iced!)

And that’s certainly not the last freebie the app will give you.

Panera has different promotions for different months. Some months they’ll give members a free bagel every day, and others will offer free coffee daily.

The app has personalized rewards for each member too, so you earn deals on items you actually like. 

The app makes ordering easier than ever too. If you have an account, you can save your favorite meals and order ahead with just a few clicks. You can also see a map of every Panera location near you to make the entire process simple.

2. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Cheeseburger and steak fries in takeout tray from Red Robin
Red Robin | Facebook

Red Robin’s “Royalty” program doesn’t give you anything upon sign up, but they have some pretty killer deals. While any Red Robin customer can get bottomless fries, Royalty members can get “bottomless rewards.”

For example, the app offers a number of rewards that only get better the more often you dine at Red Robin. Royalty members get every 10th item they order for free as well as $20 off their sixth visit. As an added perk, members are entitled to a free burger any one day during their birthday month.

Red Robin will also donate 1% of what you spend to a school of your choice after you sign up. Helping the community has never been so delicious!

3. Burger King

Screenshot of Burger King app deals for mobile order
The Burger King app always has fresh deals!

The BK app has deals, freebies, and buy one, get one offers only accessible to those with the app. They have an ever-changing list of coupons you can choose from to get the best deals at any Burger King location.

Deals change every few days so you’re always sure to find something that’ll hit the spot. My current offers include a discounted whopper meal, BOGO Oreo shakes, and cheap burgers, fries, and chicken.

The app also offers an easy re-order button, so you can quickly get your favorite meals whenever you’re craving BK.

Unlike other food apps, Burger King offers a cafe subscription deal. For just $5 per month, you can get a free small hot coffee every day.

4. Chili’s

Screenshot of Chili's app as example of options
Chili’s

When you download the My Chili’s app you instantly get 60 rewards points, enough for a free menu item.

The more you spend after that, the more points you earn that can go toward other free food. In addition, My Chili’s Rewards members are entitled to their choice of a free drink or chips and salsa any time they dine at a Chili’s location.

The app lets you put in an order online for pick up, but it also has perks for customers who want to dine in. You can see in advance if your local Chili’s has a wait for a table and get text alerts on when your table will be ready.

And if you stop by a Chili’s on your birthday, you get an appetizer or dessert for free!

5. McDonald’s

Two cups of McCafe coffees on a beach towel
McDonald’s | Facebook

The McDonald’s app definitely gives you the best bang for your buck. Signing up immediately gives you buy one, get one free offer that isn’t available without the app as well as discounted menu items.

It’s also a gift that keeps giving. Coupons and freebies update regularly and give you new great offers. Deals change every day, but you’ll always find something you’ll end up lovin’.

The menu is easy to navigate, ordering and paying are simple, and overall the app finds a way to make fast food even faster.

To see current deals and download the app, head over to the McDonald’s website.

6. Baskin-Robbins

Many scoops of strawberry ice cream
Baskin Robbins | Facebook

If free ice cream doesn’t hook you, I’m not sure what will. If you download the BR app, you’ll get a free scoop in addition to loads of offers, deals, and promotions.

By allowing notifications, you’ll be the first to know when Baskin-Robbins rolls out a new flavor or discount. iPhone alerts never sounded so sweet.

Baskin-Robbins has new deals and promotions nearly every day, including a rotating flavor of the month. You can also sign up for emails from the ice cream chain to get notified whenever new deals that you can take advantage of pop up!

Download the app and snag your free scoop.

7. Wendy’s

Wendy's Baconator Burger and a Dr. Pepper combo
Wendy’s | Facebook

With the Wendy’s app, you’ll get access to exclusive offers on all your favorite food. Most deals are buy one get one, so if you take a friend, one of you can eat free! As an added bonus, if you pick up Baconator-flavored Pringles at the supermarket, you can use a code inside to get a free Wendy’s Baconator through the app!

The app also lets you order online so you can pick up your hot food whenever you want.

To download the app, head to Wendy’s website next time you’re craving a burger.

8. Buffalo Wild Wings

Two trays of Buffalo Wild Wings chicken wings with ranch sauce
Buffalo Wild Wings | Facebook

You won’t get anything for free immediately by signing up for Buffalo Wild Wings rewards, but the value stacks up quickly. Every time you check-in at a BWW location you earn 10 points plus an additional 100 for every $10 spent. As you rack up points, you can redeem them for free food.

After a few trips with friends, you’ll be dining on free wings in no time! You can sign up for the Blazin’ Rewards program online. 

9. Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A app on an iPhone next to a chicken burger
Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A is famous for its chicken sandwiches and their “Cow Appreciation Day” where you can get freebies when dressed up as a cow. With the app, you earn points as you spend that you can swap for free meals, and you’ll get sporadic deals for free items or other offers.

The app is available for Android and iPhone, and you can find more info and download links on Chick-Fil-A’s site! 

10. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

A closeup of a large meat sandwich filled with cold cuts from Jimmy John's

This famous fast-sandwich joint has a rewards program loaded with freebies. With your first order through the Freaky Fast Rewards program, you get a free sub, and you rack up redeemable points on every purchase at Jimmy John’s.

There are also free hoagies throughout the year, including on National Sandwich Day, and your birthday! You can sign up easily through Jimmy John’s site.

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