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Friday is considered one of the cheesiest and beefiest days of the year.

Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day and restaurants are celebrating the made-up food holiday with discounts and free burgers. And unlike some other food days, this one isn’t canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.

McDonald’s, which is experiencing shortages of some ingredients because of the popularity of its limited Travis Scott Meal, will still have a Cheeseburger Day deal Friday. For one day, the fast-food giant will offer double cheeseburgers for 50 cents with an offer on its mobile app. 

Ahead of National Cheeseburger Day, Wendy’s announced the return of pretzel buns and “the new and improved Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger.”

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Domino’s released a Cheeseburger Pizza made with a ketchup-mustard sauce, American cheese, beef, onions, tomatoes, shredded provolone and cheddar cheese.

According to Ranker, a crowd-sourced voting platform, the top five fast food burgers were: In-N-Out Double Double, Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger, Five Guys Hamburger, Five Guys Cheeseburger and Whataburger’s Original Whataburger. Wendy’s, Steak ‘n Shake, Culvers, Burger King and McDonald’s also make the list.

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We’ve rounded up the burger bargains available Friday unless otherwise noted at participating locations.

Cheeseburger Day deals and freebies

To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.

Applebee’s: Get any Handcrafted Burger with fries and a drink for $8.99 Friday. The burger bundles are available for dine-in, takeout or delivery.

BurgerFi: On Friday, current and new app users can earn a $10 reward back when they make a $10 minimum purchase on any of the chain’s “Antibiotic-Free Burgers + Fresh-Cut Fries.” The reward can be redeemed Saturday through Oct. 11. This offer is only valid in-store through the BurgerFi app.

Burger King: Find specials and discounts on the Burger King app. Learn more at


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Farmer Boys: From 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, mention the Cheeseburger Day deal to get one for $2 at participating locations.

Friendly’s: Get a free small sundae with any burger purchase Friday. To get this dine-in only deal, you have to be a loyalty member. Sign up at

Habit Burger Grill: The chain has its Golden Charticket sweepstakes promotion” Friday. Golden Chartickets will be distributed at random at select restaurants and are worth “up to $500 in Habit gift cards which can be redeemed for future visits.”

Jack in the Box: From Friday through Sunday, get a free Jumbo Jack Cheeseburger with any purchase through the chain’s app.

McDonald’s: Get a double cheeseburger for 50 cents exclusively through the McDonald’s app Friday. Valid one-time and app download and registration required. Learn more about the app and find offers at

Miller’s Ale House: Get a Classic Cheeseburger and a side of fries for $5.99 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday for dine-in, curbside pickup or delivery.

Mooyah: All locations will offer Rewards App members a free “Build Your Own Cheeseburger” with purchase of fries and drink or shake Friday. Learn more at

O’Charley’s: Get a Classic Cheeseburger with a beer or soft drink for $10 Friday.

Red Robin: Through Sunday, the chain has a buy-one-get-one 50% off deal on all burgers. For online orders, use promo code BOGO,

Smashburger: The Classic Smash Double Burger is $5 Friday.

Steak ‘n Shake: Loyalty app members get $2 off the Double ‘n Cheese Steakburger from Friday through Sept. 24. Limited to one per order, per visit and only valid on orders placed through the app. Also for joining the Steak ‘n Shake Rewards Club, get a free specialty milkshake with your first purchase as a club member. 

Wayback Burgers: On Friday, all participating restaurants are offering the “Cheeeesy Quarantini” burger for $6.99 to $7.49.

Wendy’s: Ahead of National Cheeseburger Day, the chain announced the return of pretzel buns and “the new and improved Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger.” Find offers in the Wendy’s app.

Whataburger: Through Sept. 20, buy one Patty Melt and get a second one free when you order online.

White CastleGet a free combo when you sign up for Craver Nation in the White Castle app and find deals. Sign up at

More deals: Locally owned businesses and regional chains also may have specials for National Cheeseburger Day. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants’ social media channels.

Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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