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