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 descendingCompany/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
15In-N-Out Burger*$498.5$1,925.026614
14White Castle$631.7$1,250.3410-5
11Steak ‘n Shake*$823.9$1,650.04914
10Five Guys Burgers & Fries$950.6$1,156.0918182
8Carl’s Jr.$1,500.0$1,400.01,11664
6Dairy Queen*$2,660.0$545.06,187-26
5Jack in the Box$2,946.3$1,331.02,22115
4Sonic Drive-In$3,692.8$1,037.03,561-11
3Burger King*$8,400.0$1,248.07,231-33