Special Report | August 2012 | By Sam Oches

The QSR 50 Burger Segment

The top burger brands in quick service.

The top burger brands in quick service.
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How high did Five Guys climb? What newcomers are shaking up the ranks? And can anybody beat McDonald’s? Find all of the industry answers you need in this year’s QSR 50, the most important report you'll read all year.

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Segment RankCompany/Chain Name2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)sort ascendingNumber of Total Units in 2011Total Change in Units from 2010
6Dairy Queen*$2,660.0$545.06,187-26
13Checkers/Rally’s$669.0$852.0780-18
4Sonic Drive-In$3,692.8$1,037.03,561-11
7Hardee’s$2,100.0$1,100.01,9213
16Krystal*$404.9$1,121.0357-7
10Five Guys Burgers & Fries$950.6$1,156.0918182
3Burger King*$8,400.0$1,248.07,231-33
14White Castle$631.7$1,250.3410-5
5Jack in the Box$2,946.3$1,331.02,22115
8Carl’s Jr.$1,500.0$1,400.01,11664
2Wendy’s*$8,500.0$1,456.06,59418
11Steak ‘n Shake*$823.9$1,650.04914
12Culver’s$747.1$1,712.944420
9Whataburger$1,311.2$1,801.072811
15In-N-Out Burger*$498.5$1,925.026614
1McDonald’s$34,172.0$2,500.014,09871