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