2017 Top 500: Burger

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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.

2017 Rank

Chain Name

2016 U.S. Sales ($000)

2016 U.S. Units

4Burger King9,430,100*7,161
12Sonic Drive-In4,518,0983,557
22Jack in the Box3,461,5402,255
39 Carl's Jr.1,519,7571,163
41Five Guys Burgers and Fries1,436,9221,284
47Steak 'n Shake1,075,000*568
56In-N-Out Burger807,100*325
76White Castle564,233384
82Checkers Drive-In Restaurants532,400*555*
92Krystal Company416,930367
112Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers340,458236
126The Habit Burger Grill298,119172
130Shake Shack280,350*71
132Rally's Hamburgers272,500*295*
163A&W All-American Food223,000632
228Farmer Boys136,200*88

*Technomic estimate; Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report


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