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Papa Johns pizza.
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Checkers and Rally’s.

The restaurant industry is firmly in the post-COVID era, but challenges from the pandemic still remain. 

As brands seek growth, they’re still dealing with equipment issues, permitting delays, and a potential recession. All of these factors are under deep consideration as chains pick and choose real estate. 

Still, many have managed to work around these obstacles to grow quite rapidly. Here are the 24 fastest-growing fast-food chains of 2022, from the top 50 grossing brands based on this year’s QSR 50. 

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Note: The unit counts are by U.S. restaurants as of 2022 year end. 

Brands included are sorted from the top-50 grossing chains in America by systemwide sales, as determined by the 2023 QSR 50. It does not take the entire industry into consideration. 

If viewing on desktop, please click the arrow in the picture to continue. * Indicates estimate by QSR.

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1. Starbucks*

Total change in units from 2021: 429

2022 Total Units: 15,873

Franchised stores: 6,608

Company stores: 9,265

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $28,100

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,680

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

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2. Crumbl Cookies

Total change in units from 2021: 363

2022 Total Units: 688

Franchised stores: 687

Company stores: 1

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $1,004

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,839

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

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3. Jersey Mike’s

Total change in units from 2021: 297

2022 Total Units: 2,397

Franchised stores: 2,379

Company stores: 18

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $2,680

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,210

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

Image credits:Jersey Mike’s

4. Chipotle

Total change in units from 2021: 211

2022 Total Units: 3,129

Franchised stores: 0

Company stores: 3,129

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $8,600

Average sales per unit (thousands): $2,800

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

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5. Taco Bell

Total change in units from 2021: 196

2022 Total Units: 7,198

Franchised stores: 6,734

Company stores: 464

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $13,850

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,900

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

Image credits:Taco Bell

6. Wingstop

Total change in units from 2021: 187

2022 Total Units: 1,721

Franchised stores: 1,678

Company stores: 43

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $2,382

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,606

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

Image credits:Wingstop

7. Popeyes

Total change in units from 2021: 169

2022 Total Units: 2,946

Franchised stores: 2,905

Company stores: 41

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $5,001

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,823

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

Image credits:Popeyes

8. Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Total change in units from 2021: 159

2022 Total Units: 1,198

Franchised stores: 1,197

Company stores: 1

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $1,075

Average sales per unit (thousands): $993

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Image credits:Tropical Smoothie Cafe

9. Chick-fil-A*

Total change in units from 2021: 153

2022 Total Units: 2,837

Franchised stores: 2,764

Company stores: 73

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $18,814

Average sales per unit (thousands): $6,710

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

Image credits:Chick-fil-A

10. Dutch Bros

Total change in units from 2021: 133

2022 Total Units: 671

Franchised stores: 275

Company stores: 396

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $1,163

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,924

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Image credits:Dutch Bros Coffee

11. Domino’s

Total change in units from 2021: 126

2022 Total Units: 6,686

Franchised stores: 6,400

Company stores: 286

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $8,752

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,309

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

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12. Dunkin’ 

Total change in units from 2021: 126

2022 Total Units: 9,370

Franchised stores: 9,339

Company stores: 31

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $11,279

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,200

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13. Panda Express

Total change in units from 2021: 87

2022 Total Units: 2,393

Franchised stores: 162

Company stores: 2,231

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $5,149

Average sales per unit (thousands): $2,385

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Image credits:Panda Express

14. Raising Cane’s

Total change in units from 2021: 79

2022 Total Units: 646

Franchised stores: 25

Company stores: 621

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $3,118

Average sales per unit (thousands): $5,440

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Image credits:Raising Cane’s

15. Marco’s Pizza

Total change in units from 2021: 65

2022 Total Units: 1,067

Franchised stores: 1,023

Company stores: 44

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $968

Average sales per unit (thousands): $951

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Image credits:Marco’s Pizza

16. Culver’s

Total change in units from 2021: 56

2022 Total Units: 892

Franchised stores: 886

Company stores: 6

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $2,830

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,280

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Image credits:Culver’s

17. Wendy’s

Total change in units from 2021: 56

2022 Total Units: 5,994

Franchised stores: 5,591

Company stores: 403

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $11,694

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,973

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

Image credits:Wendy’s

18. Whataburger

Total change in units from 2021: 52

2022 Total Units: 925

Franchised stores: 140

Company stores: 785

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $3,340

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,725

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

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19. Hardee’s

Total change in units from 2021: 45

2022 Total Units: 1,707

Franchised stores: 1,512

Company stores: 195

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $2,020

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,168

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20. Krispy Kreme*

Total change in units from 2021: 44

2022 Total Units: 352

Franchised stores: 57

Company stores: 295

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $991

Average sales per unit (thousands): $2,760

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

Image credits:Krispy Kreme

21. Shake Shack*

Total change in units from 2021: 44

2022 Total Units: 287

Franchised stores: 33

Company stores: 254

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $994

Average sales per unit (thousands): $3,800

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

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22. Papa Johns

Total change in units from 2021: 37

2022 Total Units: 3,376

Franchised stores: 2,854

Company stores: 522

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $3,698

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,169

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

Image credits:Papa John’s

23. Freddy’s

Total change in units from 2021: 36

2022 Total Units: 456

Franchised stores: 427

Company stores: 29

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $808

Average sales per unit (thousands): $1,840

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

Image credits:Freddy’s

24. Checker’s & Rally’s 

Total change in units from 2021: 28

2022 Total Units: 806

Franchised stores: 551

Company stores: 255

U.S. systemwide sales (millions): $858

Average sales per unit (thousands): $996

Click here for a free download of the entire QSR 50 and brand-by-brand breakdown.

Image credits:Checkers and Rally’s
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