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8 hacks to get cheap and free Burger King

Burger King is a go-to favourite for students, so we've hacked the menu to show you how to get free and heavily discounted food.

burger king burger on tray with fries cup with straws paper bag

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Even the most die-hard fan of McDonald's food would admit that Burger King is a worthy rival. But sometimes the price can be a little off-putting... until now.

Eight or nine quid can seem pretty expensive for a meal, but what if we told you that you could get the same items for less?

We've gone into the depths of Burger King's prices* and menu, giving you the best ways to save on Whoppers, Chicken Royales and more. So, are you ready to start saving big style on Burger King sandwiches, drinks and more? Let's go.

Not in the mood for Burger King? We've also hacked the Greggs menu... oops.

How to get free Burger King

Here are the best ways to get freebies and discounted items at Burger King:

  1. Free Burger King Whoppers and other burgers

    burger king burgers on tray with fries

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    Treat yourself to free food at Burger King!

    On the back of their receipts, there's a link to a survey that should only take a few minutes to complete. Take this survey and you'll then be given a code to write down on the receipt to claim your free burger (much like you can do to get unlimited £2.99 Big Mac and fries at McDonald's).

    If you don't have a receipt lying around, you can womble one from around the restaurant. Or, you can buy the cheapest thing on their menu (a hamburger for £1.49) – you'll still end up saving money.

    You can then claim your free burger (usually a Whopper, Veggie Bean Burger or Chicken Royale) when you purchase regular fries and a drink.

    If you choose the cheapest drink, these two items together should cost around £4.48, so that's now the price of your full meal! Bear in mind that you'll need to complete the survey within 30 days of the date on your old receipt – so no rummaging through your room for an old one.

  2. Burger, side, fries and a drink for £4.99

    Admittedly, Burger King is one of the more expensive chains.

    But if you take a look at the King Saver menu, you can grab some real bargains. For example, this menu is where you'll find the King Box Double Melt, which includes a Classic Cheese or BBQ Double Melt, Chilli Cheese Bites or Regular Fries and a drink for just £4.99 – a bargain.

    If you're not sure you can manage all that you can opt for just the Melt and Fries instead for £2.99.

  3. Get free gherkins at Burger King

    tongs in gherkins and pickles

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    If you're as big of a fan of gherkins as we are, you'll love this trick.

    Are you ever dreaming of more than one or two gherkins per burger? Your dreams may just come true – if you ask for extra gherkins, the staff will usually add a few additional ones to your burger. And the best part? It's completely free!

    And, by the same token, if you hate gherkins with a passion (as many people do), you can also ask for them to be removed from your burger altogether.

  4. Get 10% – 20% off your Burger King meal

    There's nothing we love more here at Save the Student than saving money on food.

    We suggest keeping an eye out on Just Eat for discount codes – not just to save money on your regular takeaway, but also to ease the pain the next time you get Burger King delivered.

    We've seen discounts offered between 10% and 20%, which can take a fair few quid off your afternoon snack.

    Head over to our Student Deals to see if any codes have been released lately.

  5. Unlimited Burger King drinks for £2.69

    If you're in the market for a drink and no food, we've got a great little trick up our sleeves: order a regular drink for £2.69, and you'll get unlimited refills on it.

    With that in mind, there's no point ordering any other size drink as you'll end up paying more for it. You'll still get the same amount of liquid this way, you may just have to refill it a few extra times.

    However, you must make sure that the Burger King restaurant you're visiting has a self-service drinks machine. Otherwise, this trick won't work and you'll have to make do with your regular cup.

    Looking for ways to save money, time and energy? See our guide to the best life hacks.
  6. Burger King app vouchers

    A true Burger King classic, The Whopper, is one of our favourite meals – and we've found a way to get it cheaper than £8.29. That's right: if you download the app, you'll have access to some top-notch Burger King vouchers...

    On the app, you can get a free Whopper or Plant-Based Whopper on your first Click & Collect order if you spend more than £3. Just add a side of onion rings (£3.29) and enjoy!

    What's more, the app frequently has other great offers including £1.99 Whopper Wednesday and £1.99 for six Chilli Cheese Bites. Keep an eye on the app for the vouchers as they do change.

  7. Order multiple items as a bundle

    If you're ordering Burger King with friends and you can manage to agree on the same thing, you can get your food for less if you order it as a bundle.

    For example, at the time of writing you can get two Whopper or Chicken Royale Meals for £9.99. That's a huge saving of £9.59 in comparison to ordering the two meals separately.

  8. Sign up for YourBurgerKing rewards scheme

    Burger King has a great new loyalty scheme. All you have to do is sign up on the app and you'll earn 10 points for every £1 you spend. These points can then be redeemed for certain menu items.

    You'll also get added benefits throughout the year for joining the scheme such as extra points at certain times throughout the year, or a free Whopper on your birthday!

If Burger King isn't your bag, we've also managed to find great ways to get cheap and free food at Nando's.

* All information is correct at the time of writing based on prices in Leicester Square, London. Prices vary by store.

Lauren Nash

WRITTEN BY Lauren Nash

Lauren is a deals and discounts expert, and the Digital Marketing Manager at Save the Student. She is passionate about saving money and has appeared on Channel 5 documentaries sharing her money-saving tips. Lauren's work is centred around securing the best exclusive deals for Save the Student and working with great student brands.
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