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