Which restaurant franchises are the best bets?

fast food signs

Despite McDonald’s sales and traffic challenges, the burger giant remains the best in class in restaurant franchising, according to a just-released ranking of franchised brands.

McDonald’s was the highest-rated restaurant chain on Entrepreneur magazine’s list and the second overall, behind 7-Eleven. It narrowly beat out Dunkin’ Donuts (Number Three), and outstripped Jimmy John’s (Number Five), Dairy Queen (Number Six) and Wingstop (Number Eight).

Restaurant brands with a long heritage had strong showings. Taco Bell, for instance, was Number 12 on the list, and Hardee’s was Number 16, just behind Firehouse Subs.

The ratings are based on a variety of investment and performance criteria, including upfront costs, expansion of the brands, financial strength and stability, and support from the franchisor.

Among the new factors weighed this year by Entrepreneur was social media presence.

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.

Multimedia

Exclusive Content

Financing

Beverage chains are taking off as consumers shift their drink preferences

The Bottom Line: Some of the fastest-growing chains in the U.S. push drinks, even as sales at traditional concepts lag in growing delivery and takeout business. How can traditional restaurants get in on the action?

Financing

Brands need to think creatively as the industry heads into a value war

The Bottom Line: Giving customers meal options they can afford will be key to generating traffic this year. But make sure those offers can generate a profit.

Financing

The Red Lobster bankruptcy is a seminal moment for the restaurant business

The Bottom Line: The seafood chain’s bankruptcy declaration was not surprising after months of closures and Endless Shrimp recriminations. But that doesn’t make it any less notable.

Trending

More from our partners