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 Ranksort ascendingCompany/Chain Name2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Total Units in 2011Total Change in Units from 2010
3Burger King*$8,400.0$1,248.07,231-33
4Sonic Drive-In$3,692.8$1,037.03,561-11
5Jack in the Box$2,946.3$1,331.02,22115
6Dairy Queen*$2,660.0$545.06,187-26
8Carl’s Jr.$1,500.0$1,400.01,11664
10Five Guys Burgers & Fries$950.6$1,156.0918182
11Steak ‘n Shake*$823.9$1,650.04914
14White Castle$631.7$1,250.3410-5
15In-N-Out Burger*$498.5$1,925.026614