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 Namesort ascending2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Total Units in 2011Total Change in Units from 2010
3Burger King*$8,400.0$1,248.07,231-33
8Carl’s Jr.$1,500.0$1,400.01,11664
13Checkers/Rally’s$669.0$852.0780-18
12Culver’s$747.1$1,712.944420
6Dairy Queen*$2,660.0$545.06,187-26
10Five Guys Burgers & Fries$950.6$1,156.0918182
7Hardee’s$2,100.0$1,100.01,9213
15In-N-Out Burger*$498.5$1,925.026614
5Jack in the Box$2,946.3$1,331.02,22115
16Krystal*$404.9$1,121.0357-7
1McDonald’s$34,172.0$2,500.014,09871
4Sonic Drive-In$3,692.8$1,037.03,561-11
11Steak ‘n Shake*$823.9$1,650.04914
2Wendy’s*$8,500.0$1,456.06,59418
9Whataburger$1,311.2$1,801.072811
14White Castle$631.7$1,250.3410-5