The top three burger chains, all QSRs, own two-thirds of the category's sales. But fast casuals have the largest growth and have drawn burger chains toward upgraded offerings. As a category, burger brands among the Top 500 increased sales by 2.7% to $78 billion and units by 1% to 43,787. The largest gains were made by smaller players, but Five Guys' and Whataburger's 9% increases in sales are notable.
2016 U.S. Sales ($000)
2016 U.S. Units
|22||Jack in the Box||3,461,540||2,255|
|41||Five Guys Burgers and Fries||1,436,922||1,284|
|47||Steak 'n Shake||1,075,000*||568|
|82||Checkers Drive-In Restaurants||532,400*||555*|
|112||Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers||340,458||236|
|126||The Habit Burger Grill||298,119||172|
|163||A&W All-American Food||223,000||632|
*Technomic estimate; Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report
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