20 Best FREE Food Apps That We Use To Get Cheap or Free Fast Food

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McDonald's is the best fast food app for free food and coupons

Like FREE food? Try our favorite fast food apps. 📱

Wondering if there are any free food apps? Though we don’t know of an app that gives you everything free of charge, we do know of some pretty great apps that often dish out freebies or deals. There are even apps that give you free food when you sign up!

If you’ve been ordering fast food without using an app, you’re missing out BIG TIME! When you use a restaurant’s app, there are so many ways to score FREE fast food and the best coupons.

With so many apps on the market, it can be hard to decide what deserves space on your smartphone. To save you the trouble, I polled the team to find out which fast food apps are worth your time. If you need a quick bite to eat on the cheap, browse our list to find out which food apps can score you a hot deal. 🔥

20 fast food apps we use to get FREE food and discounts:

1. When it comes to free food apps, the McDonald’s app was a clear winner.

McDonalds App is one of the best fast food apps for free food and coupons

For a limited-time, you can score $4 off a mobile order of $4 or more when you download the app and join MyMcDonald’s Rewards.

The McDonald’s app is a hit with the Hip2Save team and our readers. SO MANY PEOPLE have told me why it’s the absolute tops. I have to agree that using the app is the fastest way to find the best deals AND earn yourself free food. Just recently, our team spotted offers for $2 Big Macs & a FREE Medium Fry with any $3 purchase.

If you download the app and join the MyMcDonalds Rewards Program, you’ll earn points with every single order. For every $1 you spend, you’ll snag 100 points and these points can be used to get FREE food! 🙌

For example, if you spend $15 you can score a FREE McChicken, FREE Hash Browns, or a FREE Cheeseburger. The more points you rack up, the better the freebies! Hip2Save’s Angela loves using the app and she showed us how to get a great deal for around $4. Check out what she had to say, as well as, the rest of the team and our Hip2save readers!

“The McDonald’s app is a no-brainer! I get two hamburger patties with cheese and a coke zero and it’s so much easier to order on the app vs trying to explain to them that I don’t want anything but the meat. AND it’s cheaper to order it that way vs ordering a hamburger and saying no bun or other stuff.  I could cash in points and get a happy meal plus what is on the screen (shown above) for only $4.18 total .” – Angela, Hip2Save team

“100% best is Mcdonald’s. Freeeeeee food!!! Do NOT eat anywhere without checking to see if they have an app! 😂” – Paige, Hip2Save team

“Use their apps. We get a $1 breakfast sandwich every day at McDonald’s. I actually freeze them to eat at another time. McGriddles are so good!” – Shelly, Hip2Save reader

2. Chick-Fil-A One Members can easily rack up points to score delicious freebies.

the best fast food apps include the chick-fil-a app

The Chick-Fil-A app is almost as popular as the McD’s app. That’s because Chick-Fil-A One members receive 10 points for every $1 they spend and the amount of points you earn goes up with every membership tier.

It only takes 200 points to snag FREE fast food on this app like hash browns, a small waffle fries, an Icedream cone, or a chocolate chunk cookie. The more points you accumulate, the better the reward! With 600 points you can even score favorites like a Chick-fil-A Nuggets.

The app makes it super easy to customize your favorite menu items. Plus, members also receive a FREE birthday reward each year and are always the first to know about new menu items!

“On the CFA app they always add in freebies about once a month and you can build points to cash in for sides, drinks, treats or entrees.” – Angela, Hip2Save team

“The only fast food app I’ve ever used was Chick-Fil-A but I’ve always felt it was really simple to use – in fact so simple even my kids are able to add their order while I’m driving lol. I think everything is laid out really well and the additional options are really easy to add on such as gluten-free buns and adding sauces, etc. It has saved me many times during sports seasons when we’re running late to a game and need food ASAP.” – Sara, Hip2Save team

3. Download Wendy’s app for immediate access to free food and/or discounts.

Showing the free food offers in the Wendy's App for February 2024

If you want free food apps on your phone, it’s worth your time to download the Wendy’s app and become a rewards member. Not only do you get 10 rewards points for every $1 spent, but you also get immediate access to several great offers like discount coupons or free items with a purchase.

The app is a breeze to use. Simply browse the offers tab for the best current deals. When I checked my app, I could score a FREE Small Frosty with any Dave’s Single Purchase, 50% off Wendy’s Kids’ Meal with $3 purchase, $1 Topped Fries with purchase, $2 off any Premium Combo, and more!!

Switch over to the Rewards tab to see the FREE fast food you can get for your points. 200 points gets you a 4-Pc Chicken Nuggets and just 300 scores you a FREE Junior Bacon Cheeseburger. Sign us up! 🥤

“I LOVE that Wendy’s app lets you stack deals + reward redemptions (McD’s does not).” – Monica, Hip2save team

“Definitely use the apps. Besides earning points to redeem food, they also always have deals (I’ve used the $3 off mobile order coupon on Wendys a couple of times), give you free birthday deals, and, for me, I tend to be wiser about choosing when I have time to look at the app rather than quickly ordering stuff in the drive-thru. Plus, you can play around with ingredients and often add things to a basic menu item for less than what they charge for a similar item on the menu.” – Peggy, Hip2Save reader

4. As far as free food apps go, Burger King’s is super user-friendly and has a ton of offers every day.

Free food offers on the Burger King app

Make a $5 purchase in the BK App by 2/29 to earn 400 Bonus Crowns.
That’s enough for a FREE Bacon Cheeseburger!

Plus, enter the Million Dollar Whopper Contest by 3/17 for a shot at $1,000,000
and get a FREE Whopper with $1 purchase just for entering.

This app is my own personal recommendation. It’s been years since I’ve eaten here, but I’ve been testing out tons of food apps over the past year to bring you all the best hacks and deals. I’ve found that the Burger King app is one of the most user-friendly. It runs smoothly and is updated regularly. Plus, there are always a plethora of different offers that score you free food, a free upgrade to a larger size, a money-saving family bundle deal, or a big discount on your favorite sandwich.

Royal Perks members score 10 points called “Crowns” for every $1 spent. After $25, you’re eligible for FREE fast food like a small order of hash browns. The offers get better the more points you earn! Plus, members also can upgrade their fries, hash browns, or drinks to a larger size for no charge and get 2X the Crowns during their entire birthday month! 🥳 Even with Burger King’s higher prices, this app gets the crown from me. 👑

5. The Subway app lets you cash in rewards for a $2 discount.

The Subway MVP Rewards app often has offers for free food or discounts

Score 20% off any 6″ or Footlong Sub until 2/28 using code TWENTYOFF.

If you like to eat a footlong for lunch, give the Subway app a try. Hip2Save’s Liz uses this app and hasn’t paid full price for food since signing up! Right now, all new Subway MVP Rewards members get 250 points just for joining and can earn 2X the points during the first week of membership!

When you’re a member, you receive at least 10 points for every $1 spent and 5% more if you order through the app or online. When you hit 400 points, you can cash them in for a $2 discount on any menu item. All members receive special offers plus a birthday freebie, and if you spend $400 of more per year, you’ll earn FREE chips with a purchase on Fridays!

“I love the Subway app! It’s super easy to use promo codes, customize your order, schedule the order, AND to earn and apply rewards. If you’ve earned one, they will have an option to apply it right there in the cart, no need to look around the app to see if you have one or not.” – Jenna, Hip2Save team

“Subway is another one that is great! It’s super easy to customize your order and add promo codes. You also earn points that can be redeemed for $2 off your purchase!” – Chelsey, Hip2Save team

6. The Starbucks app can help you reduce your coffee expenses.

Like Starbucks? Be a savvy shopper by downloading the app and signing up for Starbucks Rewards. It makes customizing your drinks (and ordering Starbucks hacks) a breeze.

A great reason to become a Starbucks rewards member is that you get free refills of drip coffee and tea in the store. You’ll also get a FREE coffee or treat every single year on your birthday. 🎉

Plus, reward members collect points called “Stars” with every single purchase. You’ll get 2 stars for every $1 spent when you add funds in the app. If you’re paying in-store by cash or credit card, you can still earn 1 star per $1 spent by scanning your app at checkout.

Once you rack up enough points, it’s time to cash them in for awesome free food and drinks!

Just check out the goodies you can earn:

  • Redeem 25 Stars – Add an extra shot, flavor, or soy milk to your drink for free (up to $1 off beverage price)
  • Redeem 50 Stars – Get any size hot or iced brewed coffee or tea, bakery item, or packaged snack for free
  • Redeem 150 Stars – Get any handcrafted beverage or hot breakfast item for free
  • Redeem 200 Stars – Get a lunch sandwich, protein box, or bag of coffee for free
  • Redeem 400 Stars – Get select Starbucks merchandise item for free (up to $20 value)

Plus, you can also link your Delta SkyMiles account and earn miles when you purchase from Starbucks!

7. The Little Caesars app makes it a cinch to find free food offers and other deals.

Showing deals in the Little Caesars App, one of the best free food apps

If you like an affordable pizza or an order of delicious Crazy Bread, download the Little Caesars app. Not only can you skip the register by ordering ahead, but you’ll see ALL the best offers of the day displayed on the app!

“The Little Caesars app has deals listed you can add to your order and it is super convenient to order ahead and then just grab it from the case when you walk in.🙌 – Amber, Hip2Save team

8. Want apps that give you free food when you sign up? Download Whataburger Rewards!

Showing the free food for signing up on the Whataburger App

Join Whataburger Rewards and score a FREE Whataburger just for joining!

Love free fast food? So do Whataburger patrons! Download the restaurant’s app and become a Whataburger Rewards member. You’ll receive a FREE Whataburger for joining. You’ll also earn points with every purchase. Earn enough and you can redeem them for your favorite food items! Plus, the app makes it easy to customize your order or see deals! No wonder the Whataburger by me always seems to have a line out the door! 🚗🚙🚗🚙

9. The Dutch Bros. Coffee app is another one of the apps that give you free food (well, a free drink) when you sign up!

The Dutch Bros. App, one of the free food apps we use in 2024

Download the app and sign up for DutchBros. Rewards
to get a FREE Medium Drink.

If you live near a Dutch Bros. and like their coffee, download their app to start earning rewards. It’s easy to collect points and cash them in for a free drink of your choice! This app is a favorite of Hip2Save’s Shane because it’s so easy to use. He says it’s super simple to accrue points to get more drinks!

10. One of the best free food apps is the Domino’s app.

The Dominos pizza app, one of the best free food apps

The Domino’s app is perfect for when you’re craving a slice and want a good deal. Rewards members receive 10 points for every $5 spent. Earn FREE Domino’s, like 16-piece Parmesan Bread Bites, after racking up just 20 points. Cash in for a FREE Medium 2-Topping Pizza after just 60 points! The fast food app also has exclusive coupons and lets you track your delivery driver! 🍕

Another pizza chain that has a lot of deals and a rewards program is Papa John’s. With each order, you earn “Papa Dough.” You’ll get 1 point for every $1 spent. Earn 75 Papa Dough points and you’ll be rewarded with $10 off your next order. If you find yourself ordering from either of these pizza joints throughout the year, you’re missing out on free food by not downloading their apps. 💰

11. Score free food rewards on the Taco Bell app

using the Taco Bell app on a smart phone

Sign up for Taco Bell Rewards to get a $1 Cravings Box plus a FREE reward.
Valid until 2/26.

My coworker, Monica, says Taco Bell always has some useful mobile offers. In fact, the restaurant drops new deals every Tuesday! Get access to these deals by downloading the app and join the Taco Bell Rewards program. For a limited time, you’ll receive both a free reward for signing up and an offer for a $1 Build Your Own Cravings Box.

With each purchase, you’ll earn points that you redeem for more freebies! Plus, every once in a while Taco Bell offers up the chance to buy a Taco Pass which gets you a taco every day for a month for only $10 bucks. If you have the app, you’ll be one of the first people to know about the deal! 🌮

“I get a free item every month. And so much easier to order in the app.” – Valerie, Hip2Save reader

12. If you want half-priced drinks, download Sonic Drive-In’s fast food app.

The sonic fast food app gets you 50% off drinks and slushies

If you find yourself craving a Blue Raspberry Crush or a Cherry Limeade Slush, there is no reason not to download the Sonic app. You’ll snag your favorite drinks and slushies for 50% off every single time you order through the app. You can also customize your food and score app-exclusive offers.🥤

“Sonic also has half-priced drinks if you order through the app. And what Angela said is so true, apps make ordering so easy because you can customize everything!” – Monica, Hip2Save team

“Use the app as sometimes save more or earn stuff, know the days they offer extra deals like half-price cheeseburgers for Sonic on Wednesday.” – Katie, Hip2Save reader

13. Jimmy Johns is one of the top free food apps. You get a FREE sandwich after your first order.jimmy johns app gets you free food

Download the Jimmy John’s app & join Freaky Fast Rewards
to get a FREE sandwich after your first order.

When you download the Jimmy John’s app and join the Freaky Fast Rewards program, you’ll get an offer for a FREE sandwich after your first order. Plus, the more you order, the more great offers you’ll be rewarded! You can win badges for free food and you’ll also get a sweet deal on your birthday!

“They just put a Jimmy Johns right by my subdivision and I downloaded their app. After your first purchase, you get a free sandwich. That is actually worth a nice chunk of change because their sandwiches are like $8-$12 each.” – Angela, Hip2Save team

14. Redeem your Dunkin’ points for delicious goodies.

Dunkin' app, one of the best apps to score free fast food

Dunkin’ Rewards members get 10 points for every $1 spent. Spend just $15 at Dunkin’ and you can start cashing in on freebies like a FREE 6-Pc. Hash Browns or FREE 3-Count Munchkins. At 250 points, you can get your favorite classic donut and the rewards get better the more points you earn. This app also gives you exclusive offers and fast food coupons that you won’t find anywhere else!

Plus, if you love birthday freebies, Dunkin’ helps you celebrate. Snag triple points the day before, the day of, and the day after your birthday. 🍩

“I like the Dunkin app too. You earn points for free items and activate offers in the offers section.” – Amber, Hip2Save team

“Love my Dunkin’ app, I usually go every day anyway and can redeem a free drink on my earliest work day where I clock in at 5:45 am. Makes it easier.” – Grace, Hip2Save reader

15. Einstein Bros. Bagels app is one our favorite free food apps.

Einstein Bros. Bagels app is one of the best apps to get free food

I’m kicking myself for not downloading the Einstein Bros. Bagels app sooner. It’s one of the best free food apps because you get a FREE bagel and shmear just for downloading it. Plus, Shmear Society Rewards members can get a FREE cup of iced or hot coffee every single day with any $3 purchase!

Members also get 2 points for every $1 spent and these can be redeemed for even more free food and drink items. You’ll earn these points at Einstein Bros. Bagels, participating Bruegger’s Bagels, and at Noah’s New York Bagels. Also, when your birthday rolls around, you’ll be met with an offer for a FREE breakfast sandwich! 🥯

16.  Jersey Mike’s also has one of the best free food apps.

Best food apps includes Jersey Mikes.

Jersey Mike’s has a fast food app that makes it really easy to score FREE sandwiches. Not only do you get exclusive offers, but you also get points with every qualifying purchase. Here’s how their points work:

  • 3 points for every KID’S MEAL
  • 4 points for every MINI size sub or Breakfast Sandwich (where available)
  • 6 points for every REGULAR, Wrap or Sub Bowl
  • 12 points for every GIANT

You can redeem up to 144 points with every transaction and here’s what you can get in return:

  • 48 points for a FREE MINI size sub
  • 72 points for a FREE REGULAR size sub, Sub Bowl or Wrap
  • 144 points for a FREE GIANT size sub

If you eat at Jersey Mike’s frequently, don’t miss out on the free fast food you can score using the app! It’s a favorite of many Hip2Save team members. 🥪

“Jersey Mike’s is pretty darn awesome too if you have one of those. They often do double point days, so you can get free sandwiches faster!” – Paige, Hip2Save team

17. Join Qdoba Rewards & download the app to earn discounts and freebies.

The Qdoba app which is one of the best free food apps

Qdoba Rewards members score 1 point for every $1 spent and can get a FREE entree once they save up 125 points. The more you spend, the more free fast food you can earn and Hip2Save’s Rachel says the points add up fast! Plus, if you visit at least 12 times a year, you can get 3-Cheese Queso & Chips for just $2!

18.  Chipotle gives away free food when you sign up for the rewards program.

Showing the Chipotle App, one of the apps that give you free food at sign up

Download the Chipotle app and sign up for rewards. You’ll receive an instant offer for FREE guacamole. You’ll also earn 10 points for every $1 spent and these points can be redeemed for free extras like Queso Blanco, guacamole, or even double protein. Rewards members get a birthday offer each year too and they are the first to be able to try new menu items. 🌯

19. Hip readers love scoring discounts and free food from Zaxby’s.showing a free fast food offer on the zaxbys app

Download the app & join the Zaxby Rewards to snag an offer for
a FREE 5-Pc Fingerz with a $5 purchase

We owe a big thank you to Hip2Save reader, Jess, for this recommendation! 🙌 Just for downloading the app and joining the rewards program, you’ll snag an offer for a FREE 5-Piece Fingerz with any $5 purchase (limited-time offer). After that, you’ll earn 10 points for every $1 you spend. Redeem your points for Zaxby’s favorites like 5 Boneless Wings or a Big Zax Snak meal.

20. Join mySweet Rewards for a FREE Krispy Kreme doughnut.

The Krispy Kreme App, one of the apps that give you free food at sign up.

Love apps that give you free food when you sign up? Us too! Download the Krispy Kreme app and sign up for their rewards program. You’ll earn a doughnut just for signing up and you get points for every purchase. After your twelfth visit, you’ll score a FREE doughnut or another goodie. Plus, Krispy Kreme also celebrates your birthday with a special reward! 🍩

Let’s not forget our honorable mentions!

One of the best food apps for rewards is the Dairy Queen app

Baskin Robbins

This is one of the apps that gives you free food at sign up. You’ll score yourself a free scoop of ice cream when you download this app and sign up for mobile deals. This app makes it easy to find fast food coupons and you can also join the birthday club to get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday. 🍨

Dairy Queen

Can’t live without a Blizzard? Join this app and reward program to earn points toward free food. You can also order curbside at select locations and will score a birthday treat on your special day. 🍦

Firehouse Subs

Download the app and sign up for Firehouse Rewards. Earn points with each purchase and redeem them for free subs, meal upgrades, and other goodies. You’ll also might get a FREE sub with $1 purchase on your birthday. Plus, a portion of every purchase in 2024 goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation which helps to provide first responders with lifesaving equipment. Sending a big thank you to Hip2Save reader, Robyn, for letting us know about this great app! ❤️

Have a favorite fast food app that we should know about? Tell us why you love it!

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About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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Comments 14

  1. frecklelily

    Each member of my family of four (2 adults, 2 teenagers) has the McDonald’s app on their phone. We go in, sit down, pull up the deals and order based off of the deals for that day. We all make an in app purchase and get table-side delivery. It’s our favorite restaurant app! (You can use more than one coupon per visit per account, but you’ll have to wait 15 minutes to do so)

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      My family and I love the McDonald’s app too! 🤗 They always have something to save on! Thanks for taking the time to share how you’ve been able to save with their app! 🙌💖

    • Jonathan

      The Burger King app is easy to order from the wrong location. You can be right at a certain location but it defaults to a favorite or the last one you ordered from. And it doesn’t ask if you’d like to choose another location.

      • T

        It sure is! It happened to me a couple times and then I developed anxiety and had to check the address 5 times before submitting.

        I’m happy to report that they now ask you to confirm the chosen location.

  2. Jess

    The Zaxby’s app is pretty great now that it has been updated. You get a free meal just for signing up then you earn points towards free items.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh wow! That’s awesome, Jess! 🎉Thanks for mentioning the Zaxby’s app! We’ll have to check it out! 🙌❤️

  3. Robyn

    Also check out Firehouse Subs. The more you order, the closer you get to free subs. They are a great supporter to our first responders.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for mentioning Firehouse Subs, Robyn! We’ll look into their rewards program! 🤗❤️

  4. Jess B

    The Wendy’s app is nice because you can stack an offer discount and a reward discount in the same order. I haven’t found that to be the case in many food apps.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! I’ve liked using the offers and rewards in the Wendy’s app too! Thanks for mentioning that, Jess B! 💞🙌

  5. Michele

    Arbys has 50% off your older when you join rewards..and pick up at store..I just did it..2 classic Roast beef sandwiches, 2 fries, 2 drinks and I threw in 2 apple turnovers for 13.03 before tax.

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Sweet! Thanks for sharing the offer you received when joining Arby’s rewards, Michele! 🙌💕

  6. Rosa

    I love Jersey Mike’s app. They frequently have double points days so it is even easier to get free sandwiches when going on those days!

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for sharing about the Jersey Mike’s app, Rosa! So awesome that they have often have double point days so you can score freebies faster! ❣️

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