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Food & Drink

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 guys how to get free and heavily discounted food.

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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.

Five or six quid can seem pretty expensive for a meal, but what if we told you that you could get the exact same items for way less? Interesting.

We've gone into the depths of the Burger King menu, giving you the best ways to save on Double Cheeseburgers, 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 too... oops.

How to get free Burger King

Let's delve into the world of freebies and discounted items at Burger King:

  1. Free Burger King Whoppers and other burgers

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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 which 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 £1.99 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 (small fries or a coffee for 99p) – you'll still end up saving money.

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

    These two items together should cost £3.18*, so that's now the price of your full meal! Bear in mind, 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. £1.49 Double Cheeseburger

    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 famous Double Cheeseburger, which will set you back just £1.49 – a big bargain.

    And as a bonus hack... if you add bacon to it (which will be an extra 40p – 50p), you can create a Bacon Double Cheeseburger for under £2. Usually these will set you back £4.89 on the regular menu, so that's better than half price!

  3. Get more Burger King for less money

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    If you're partial to a Chicken Royale (aren't we all?), you'll know just how painful it is when they finally ask you to pay. It's just not viable on a student budget. The good news is: we've found a way to lift this weight off you.

    Try ordering two Chicken Sandwiches from the King Saver menu instead of a Chicken Royale.

    Each Chicken Sandwich costs 99p and will likely give you a bigger fill. Okay, we admit they're not exactly the same, but if you're in the mood for breaded chicken between two slices of bread (sounds delicious, doesn't it?), we can't recommend this trick enough!

  4. Hack the Burger King Jr menu

    Fancy getting more food for less money? Yep, we know it sounds like a trick, but we're 100% serious. If, for example, you were going to order a Whopper, you might want to order a Whopper Jr meal, which is £2.99.

    You'll get a little less food as it's a junior meal BUT (and this is a big but), if you order two of these meals, it'll cost you £5.98. That's approximately 40p – 50p cheaper than the regular meal, plus you'll end up with more food. Winning.

    Or, obviously, if you're not as hungry as you thought you were, you can stick with the £2.99 Jr meal and you'll waste less food.

  5. Get free gherkins at Burger King

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    If you're as big of a fan of gherkins as we are, you're going to 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 more a few extra 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 sandwich altogether.

  6. Get 10% – 15% 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 15%, 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.

  7. Unlimited Burger King drinks for 99p

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    If you're in the market for a drink and no food, we've got a great little trick up our sleeves – order a small drink for 99p, 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 outlet you're visiting has a self-service drinks machine. Otherwise, this trick won't work and you'll have to make do with your small cup.

  8. 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 £6.49. That's right: if you download the app, you'll have access to some top-notch Burger King vouchers...

    On the app, The Whopper is just £1.99. And, when you add small fries and a drink (99p each from the King Saver menu), you can have all of this for £3.97.

    What's more, the app will occasionally include Chicken Royale meals for £3.99, Long Big King and fries for £1.99, and 50p for regular fries. You'll need to keep an eye on the app for these vouchers as they do change though!

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

* Prices may vary across the UK – we've used figures accurate to where Save the Student is based, in London.