When I admit I’ve never had a Shake Shack burger, I invariably receive one of two possible responses:
“Oh my God, WHAT?! You need to put one in your face, like, yesterday.”
“I KNOW, me neither. I’m SO bummed we don’t have one close by!”
Although shakes are its namesake, burgers are this joint’s real claim to fame. Some folks even think they’re better than In-N-Out and Five Guys.
So whether you’re a veteran or in my unfortunate, “not quite yet” camp, if you’re near a Shake Shack this Tuesday, you’re gonna want to cancel your 11 a.m. meeting.
That’s because the first 100 customers to arrive at participating Shake Shack locations on Aug. 16 will each receive free single ShackBurger — or a burger of equal or lesser value.
Some things are just worth waiting in line for.
How to Get a Free Shake Shack Burger
Although no one wants to look a gift horse — or… grill? — in the mouth, you might be wondering what occasion wrought this joyful, juicy freebie.
Shake Shack’s celebrating the opening of its 100th location at the Boston Seaport, a serious benchmark for this 12-year-old chain that started with a single location in New York City’s Madison Square Park.
To share the love, all U.S. Shacks (except those in stadiums and ballparks) are handing out free burgers to the first 100 hungry guests to turn up at each location.
The burger-slinging starts at 10:30 a.m., and the offer’s good ‘til noon — though I’d be surprised if fewer than 100 free burgers have been served by then!
So if you can, skip breakfast and get yourself to a Shake Shack this Tuesday morning.
As for me down here in Shack-free Tampa Bay (please open one in St. Pete!), I’ll just have to promise myself a visit to the original location during my upcoming New York trip.
Your Turn: How early will you line up for your free Shake Shack burger this Tuesday?
Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder who seriously regrets never having eaten at Shake Shack. Her writing has also been featured at The Write Life, Word Riot, Nashville Review and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.