Near McDonald’s? Get a 1¢ Whopper w/ the Burger King App

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Grab a Whopper for a PENNY…

…but only at McDonald’s. 🤔

Now through December 12th, 2018, Burger King is doing a “Whopper Detour” and offering up a 1¢ Whopper sandwich whenever you order with the Burger King App “at” McDonald’s! Even sweeter, NO purchase is required to score this deal, which means you can practically score an almost free burger!

Our deal tester, Stetson, actually tested out the entire process at McDonald’s and then at Burger King, and it works! Talk about a Golden (Arches) Whopperunity! 🍔 Watch Stetson’s deal testing experience here!

Burger King Whopper Challenge

Here’s what you’ll need to do:
  1. Download the Burger King app.
  2. Drive to your local McDonald’s (must be within 600 feet).
  3. Open the app and order a Whopper sandwich for just a penny
    • Your order must be placed within one hour of unlocking the offer and picked up within one hour of placing the order.
  4. Pick up your sandwich at the nearest Burger King restaurant!

Burger King Whopper sandwich

Note that your location services permission must be enabled in the Burger King mobile app to determine your proximity to a McDonald’s location and unlock the offer (must be within at least a 600′ distance).

What an awesome way to score lunch or dinner on the cheap! 🍔

(Thanks, Ivan!)

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Comments 71

  1. denise

    What?! That’s different:))

  2. Staff

    I am throughly confused! Order a whopper on the Burger King app while at McDonald’s, then go pick it up at burger king?!

    • Jenn S.

      Yeah, also thoroughly confused here, too.

      • Momma of Boys

        It’s using your location to show you were at a Mcdonalds but chose to order at Burger King instead.

  3. Heather

    haha! I think you mean Burger King. 🙂

    • osfanjmw

      Nope read the entire thing.

  4. Patty

    Yes you have to have the app, be atleast 600 ft from McDonald’s to unlock the coupon then you can use coupon to order online

  5. Cheryl

    They want to detour you from buying at McDonalds. So, while in the McDonalds parking lot place your order through the Burger King app and then drive to Burger King and pick up your order for a penny.

  6. Mimi

    The buyer used a credit card for a one penny transaction? Seriously? 🤔

    • Mella

      Maybe you have to? To place the online order?

    • amy111

      I think because you have to use “mobile order only”.

    • ana

      That’s a good time to use up little amounts on mc and visa gift cards.

  7. Vivian

    If you don’t want to go to a McDonald’s you can download a free GPS spoofing app to unlock the BK coupon. I’m sad that I don’t have a BK that does mobile ordering. 🙁

  8. Jane

    Me either. No BK with mobile ordering within 10 mile radius!

    I laughed at the penny being charged but I bet you have to do that for mobile deals?

  9. Cynthia B.

    I think McDonalds has retaliated by giving away a free whopper through their app today.

    • Cynthia B.

      I mean Big Mac

  10. Robyn

    Yeah!!! Thanks. I just did it!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      WooHoo! 😉

  11. Andrea

    What a hassle! This is pretty silly of Burger King 🙄

  12. ana

    lol, the way he’s looking at that burger:)

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)


  13. Sammy

    We drove by the drive thru at McDonald’s and it unlocked the offer. Our BK does not have mobile order, the manager honored it in the store.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good! Glad they could still honor the offer for you!

  14. Kimbul

    I think this is kinda funny! Made me smile!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Same here!

  15. Alison

    But then you have to eat a Whopper 🤢

  16. Stephen Blair

    That’s great for me because, my local Burger King is across the street from the McDonalds. It is so close, I most likely can order my $0.01 whopper within the Burger King.

    • lynn

      I love Whoppers…to each his own! LOL

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      PERFECT! Enjoy!

  17. Lexy

    Funny I literally have a Burger King 👑 and McDonald right across just a street separates them AWSOME

    • Bob Charles

      Yeh but the Folsom CA BK screwed me. And then I was on hold with BK corporate until someone answered. Go Big Mac!!

      • QGirlfriend

        Aww man…that was the location I was going to try this at. 🙁

  18. Jess

    Just got mine! Super easy and quick!!! Dinner for a penny… can’t beat that! 🙂

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      So awesome! ENJOY! 🍔

  19. Heidi

    So funny! We have a McDonald’s right next door to a Burger King just a couple of minutes from my house. I might have to try this out! A penny hamburger plus their 10 chicken nuggets for $1 deal will make a super cheap lunch for me and my toddler!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yes! Love that deal too! Thanks for the reminder, Heidi!

  20. Luna

    Wow interesting!

  21. Shari M

    I’m in a McDonald’s parking lot with a Burger King right down the street the app keeps telling me that it can’t determine my location I’ve always had problems with the Burger King at it never works correctly. it’s so annoying

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh bummer! Maybe try restarting your mobile device to see if that might help! Hoping you can grab the offer soon!

  22. Maria

    My husband and son downloaded the app and it worked!! Can’t beat a .1¢ Whopper!!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)


  23. J.W.

    We have a McD’s and BK RIGHT next to each other around here. Bahahahaha.

  24. tracey

    So the frugal person in me was excited but I kinda feel bad for mcdonalds…i mean it’s kinda crummy of burger king to do this to them; stealing their customers. But I do love competition!

    • amy111

      Don’t be. Have you ever seen the lines in the morning?

  25. Tiff

    Wow. So funny

  26. Macey

    This is all in good fun (so far). Wendy’s is usually the master at retaliation-I hope they do something fun too!

  27. renee

    Soo i would have to drive 20 miles to mcdonalds and then 15 miles back in the other direction to burger king to do this…. ? I am very confused.. yeesh..

    • piper

      Reread. 600 feet.

      • Tracy Wells

        She’s saying she lives 20 miles from McDonalds and would have to drive there (within 600 ft), and then drive another 15 miles to actually get the Whoper at BK, since that is 15 miles from her Mcdonalds. It has nothing to do with the 600 feet…perhaps you should Reread!?!?!

    • Kip

      thats terrible luck! I have over 22 BKs within 10 miles ( possibly more the list on maps goes to 22) and each one is wither directly next door or within a block of a McDonalds.

      • Kip


  28. NurseMom

    Thank you! This is hilarious but such an amazing deal. We did this tonight on 3 different phones. 1 burger was ordered without mayo and they put mayo on it, but they fixed it and insisted on us keeping the other one because it’s against their policy to accept it back, so we ended up paying $0.03 for a total of 4 whoppers!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome!

  29. Judy Trac

    I’m on a diet but cheap burgers is good . I’m just gonna sale it back $3 to my friend.

  30. pokz

    BK….thats just plain playing dirty!!… haha!!..have it your way!!!

  31. Bryant

    I love this offer. As a kid, I loved McDonald’s burger but as an adult, I find Burger King burgers more satisfying. Awesome deal. It’d go nicely with the $1 on any size of Wendy’s french fries deal.

  32. Shannabiss

    Go through the McDonalds drive thru and order your drinks there since they are only $1, use the McDonalds app to get a $1 medium fry, and while you’re waiting do your order on the BK app to get your penny whopper. 🙌

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I’m loving that idea! Thanks for the suggestion! 😉

  33. Tara

    I consider myself to be very “technology challenged”…….and I was able to do this deal with zero issues.

    1) Use BK app to make sure you are by a BK that has mobile ordering available. If not you can’t do this deal.
    2) If you haven’t ordered via app before…. set up your account with a credit card etc before you try to get the deal.
    3) I did NOT have to pull into mcdonalds–I was able to drive past it and unlock the coupon
    4) You have an hour to pick up your whopper

    Hopefully this helps

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks a ton for the helpful comment, Tara! SO glad you could easily score the deal!

  34. Gary

    Smart marketing team! So everyone will know where is the closest Burger King, from a McDonald’s.

  35. deb

    Brilliant Marketing!!! Whopper Day!! OK Mickey D, its ur turn!!

  36. Dave

    Their promotional video is hilarious 😆 Goto Burger King’s website to see the video it is very funny. Slick marketing job well played !

  37. Rick

    Just worked for me (Bellevue, NE), though the guy at the window said that location wasn’t participating, he let me do it anyway.

  38. Deborah

    They laughed Me out the door at Burger King.
    This doesn’t work. Then I had a Burger King tell me they didn’t do Mobil ordering

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh bummer! Sorry to hear about that! 🙁

  39. Kenny Jones

    can you get this only ONCE or ONCE A DAY?

  40. Agp

    Is this a one time thing?

  41. ifoundit

    I’m not adding a credit card to any apps. I want to use a gift card, but they dont allow it.

  42. Renee

    I tested this twice. It works if the BK is in close proximity to the McDonald’s. (Tried it the first time; the McDonald’s was about 2 1/2 miles from the BK. It didn’t work. But the Manager was so nice and gave me a free Whopper, anyway!)

  43. BDS

    This is such a lame offer. If the BK nearest to you doesn’t have mobile ordering, you can’t get your whopper. The app won’t tell you where the nearest one is that takes online orders and if you try to search for them, you can’t find a list.

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