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 descending2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Total Units in 2011Total Change in Units from 2010
14White Castle$631.7$1,250.3410-5
9Whataburger$1,311.2$1,801.072811
2Wendy’s*$8,500.0$1,456.06,59418
11Steak ‘n Shake*$823.9$1,650.04914
4Sonic Drive-In$3,692.8$1,037.03,561-11
1McDonald’s$34,172.0$2,500.014,09871
16Krystal*$404.9$1,121.0357-7
5Jack in the Box$2,946.3$1,331.02,22115
15In-N-Out Burger*$498.5$1,925.026614
7Hardee’s$2,100.0$1,100.01,9213
10Five Guys Burgers & Fries$950.6$1,156.0918182
6Dairy Queen*$2,660.0$545.06,187-26
12Culver’s$747.1$1,712.944420
13Checkers/Rally’s$669.0$852.0780-18
8Carl’s Jr.$1,500.0$1,400.01,11664
3Burger King*$8,400.0$1,248.07,231-33