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2016 Top 500: Burger chains

McDonald's burgers

Burger chains among the Top 500 together earned $75.5 billion in sales, and about 45% of those sales are McDonald’s. The category’s sales are up 3.3%, and unit count increased by 0.5%. The top three far outweigh the other chains, but there are plenty of brands worth watching, both fast-casual players and QSRs.

2016 Rank

Chain Name

2015 U.S. Sales ($000)

2015 U.S. Units

5Burger King9,000,000*7,086
14SONIC Drive-In4,413,6613,529
22Jack in the Box3,338,150*2,252
40Carl's Jr.1,496,4891,153
42Five Guys Burgers and Fries1,319,4911,215
46Steak n Shake1,035,637*557
70In-N-Out Burger614,500*313
76White Castle547,787*390
85Checkers Drive-In Restaurants508,632*531
91Krystal Company421,203354
131Rally's Hamburgers267,465*299
132Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers267,077177
139Habit Burger Grill, The251,366*142
174Shake Shack199,37749
190A&W All-American Food180,100*638
243Farmer Boys122,800*78

*Technomic estimate


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