Ranking the Top 50 Fast-Food Chains in America

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    rank company category 2019 us systemwide sales millions 2019 average sales per unit thousands 2019 Franchised Units 2019 company units 2019 total units total change in units from 2018
    1 McDonald's Burger 40,413 2,912 13,154 692 13,846 -66
    2 Starbucks* Snack 21,550 1,454 6,768 8,273 15,041 216
    3 Chick-fil-A Chicken 11,000 4,517 2,500 0 2,500 130
    4 Taco Bell Global 11,000 1,502 6,622 467 7,089 181
    5 Burger King Burger 10,300 1,399 7,294 52 7,346 16
    6 Subway Sandwich 10,000 410 23,802 0 23,802 -996
    7 Wendy's Burger 9,865 1,666 5,495 357 5,852 30
    8 Dunkin' Snack 9,220 968 9,630 0 9,630 42
    9 Domino's Pizza 7,100 1,178 5,815 342 6,157 253
    10 Panera Bread* Sandwich 5,925 2,751 1,202 1,023 2,225 132
    11 Chipotle Global 5,520 2,195 0 2,580 2,580 130
    12 Pizza Hut Pizza 5,380 714 7,393 23 7,416 -40
    13 KFC Chicken 4,820 1,196 4,009 56 4,065 -9
    14 Sonic Drive-In Burger 4,687 1,320 3,329 197 3,526 -74
    15 Arby's Sandwich 3,885 1,183 2,170 1,189 3,359 30
    16 Little Caesars Pizza 3,850 899 3,652 561 4,213 -49
    17 Panda Express Global 3,800 1,765 138 2,046 2,184 80
    18 Dairy Queen Snack 3,760 713 4,379 2 4,381 -25
    19 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Chicken 3,750 1,541 2,458 41 2,499 131
    20 Jack in the Box* Burger 3,505 1,565 2,106 137 2,243 6
    21 Papa John's Pizza 2,655 837 2,544 598 3,142 -57
    22 Whataburger Burger 2,556 3,080 703 127 830 5
    23 Jimmy John's Sandwich 2,105 759 2,735 52 2,787 -13
    24 Hardee's* Burger 2,070 1,126 1,713 117 1,830 -16
    25 Zaxby's Chicken 1,840 2,030 755 149 904 6
    26 Culver's Burger 1,730 2,435 726 6 733 46
    27 Five Guys Burger 1,662 1,359 872 496 1,368 10
    28 Raising Cane's* Chicken 1,466 3,600 86 371 457 57
    29 Wingstop Chicken 1,400 1,250 1,200 31 1,231 107
    30 Carl's Jr.* Burger 1,390 1,252 1,052 48 1,100 -21
    31 Jersey Mike's* Sandwich 1,340 824 1,595 72 1,667 173
    32 Bojangles' Chicken 1,290 1,717 434 312 746 -10
    33 In-N-Out Burger Burger 1,000 2,882 0 354 354 14
    34 Steak 'n' Shake Burger 932 1,673 183 365 577 -19
    35 El Pollo Loco Chicken 894 1,865 277 203 480 4
    36 Qdoba Global 850 1,250 380 350 730 -21
    37 Checkers/Rally's Burger 862 1,087 634 256 890 4
    38 Firehouse Subs Sandwich 855 729 1,115 38 1,153 24
    39 Del Taco Global 850 1,554 296 300 596 16
    40 Tim Hortons Sandwich 840 1,165 715 0 715 -12
    41 Moe's Global 785 1,095 719 3 722 3
    42 Papa Murphy's Pizza 748 551 1,301 67 1,368 -69
    43 McAlister's Deli Sandwich 719 1,629 438 31 469 16
    44 Jason's Deli* Sandwich 705 2,478 110 180 290 11
    45 Church's Chicken Chicken 700 688 885 165 1,050 -35
    46 Shake Shack Burger 630 4,214 22 163 185 59
    47 Marco's Pizza Pizza 628 726 875 40 915 32
    48 Baskin-Robbins Snack 626 247 2,524 0 2,524 -26
    49 Tropical Smoothie Café Snack 577 769 833 1 834 115
    50 Auntie Anne's Snack 563 562 1,200 11 1,211 -20

    *Includes figures estimated by QSR.

    About the QSR 50/ QSR 50 is an annual ranking of limited-service restaurant companies by U.S. system-wide sales. QSR magazine collected information directly from restaurant companies from March to May 2020, and also partnered with FoodserviceResults, a research and consulting firm specializing in consumer research, data analysis, and insights to the foodservice industry. FoodserviceResults requested confirmation of U.S. sales, units, and average unit volume from all leading chain restaurant corporate headquarters. Filings from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD), transactional data, and statistics from other sources were amalgamated, reviewed, and analyzed to yield domestic sales, unit count, and average unit volume. When necessary, estimates were made in order to more accurately report on restaurant industry leaders. All information reflects 2019 fiscal performance. Founded by industry veteran Darren Tristano, FoodserviceResults specializes in consumer research, data analysis, and insights to the foodservice industry.