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48 Best Burger Franchises in USA for 2022 (UPDATED RANKINGS)

Here is the top 48 best Burger Franchises you can start in USA:

1. MOOYAH

  • Investments $ 412,750
  • Year Brand Started – 2007
  • Offices – 35000

Franchise details: MOOYAH
Official site

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a fast-casual, “better burger” concept offering mouthwatering made-to-order burgers, French fries hand cut from Idaho potatoes, and real ice cream shakes.

2. Jollibee

  • Investments $ 450,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1975
  • Year Franchising Started – 1979
  • Offices – 1260

Franchise details: Jollibee
Official site

Joining the Jollibee Group is a winning investment. Through the years, we have developed into a company with the image that prizes customers above anything else. This is due to the fact that we are always up to date with current consumer trends, keeping a keen eye to what our customers are looking for. We constantly introduce new products, we keep in touch with our customers through various programs and promotion and we develop marketing campaigns that touch our customers’ sentiments.

#1 Best-Tasting Fried Chicken in the Philippines

3. Orion Food Systems LLC

  • Investments $ 59,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1982
  • Year Franchising Started – 1993
  • Offices – 996

Franchise details: Orion Food Systems LLC
Official site

Orion Food Systems franchises a variety of quick-service brands that place locations within nontraditional locations such as convenience stores, hospitals, colleges, sports arenas, shopping centers, airports and military bases. Brands include Hot Stuff Pizza, Gourmet Grub, Chopz, and Chix Chicken.

4. A&W

  • Investments $ 269,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1919
  • Year Franchising Started – 1925
  • Offices – 957

Franchise details: A&W
Official site

A&W is an iconic brand that is experiencing a major renaissance under new franchisee ownership. The A&W Brand is owned by a partnership of international and domestic franchisees, including the National A&W Franchisees Association (NAWFA).

Why is Now a Good Time to Invest in an A&W Franchise

5. Whataburger

  • Investments $100,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1950
  • Year Franchising Started – 1950
  • Offices – 821

Franchise details: Whataburger

A Great Company, A Great Burger. Those simple ideas have guided us through more than 55 years of Whataburger history, which began in 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger in Corpus Christi, Texas.

6. Red Robin

  • Investments $ 1,865,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1969
  • Year Franchising Started – 1969
  • Offices – 566

Franchise details: Red Robin
Official site

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers was founded in 1969. It is a casual dining restaurant chain that serves up wholesome, fun, feel-good experiences in a family-friendly environment. Red Robin restaurants are famous for serving more than 22 high-quality gourmet burgers in a variety of recipes with Bottomless Steak Fries, as well as salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and signature Mad Mixology Beverages.

7. Steak n Shake Enterprises Inc.

  • Investments $ 672,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1934
  • Year Franchising Started – 1945
  • Offices – 497

Franchise details: Steak n Shake Enterprises Inc.
Official site

Gus Belt opened the first Steak n Shake in 1934 in the town of Normal, Illinois. Franchising began in 1945. The menu consists of the company's signature steakburgers (which Belt used to grind from round, sirloin and T-bone steaks right in front of his customers) and hand-dipped milk shakes, along with sandwiches, hot dogs, salads and sides.

David Tanner, Steak `n Shake Enterprises, Inc

8. Burgerim

  • Investments $200,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 450

Franchise details: Burgerim

Burgerim’s menu includes 11* tasty varieties of 2.8 oz burger patties, including classics like beef, turkey and veggie along with lamb, salmon, and other proteins. A variety of toppings, salads, and sides allow every guest to build a satisfying and filling meal.

Burgerim Franchise

9. Hooters

  • Investments $ 956,500
  • Franchise fee $75,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1983
  • Year Franchising Started – 1986
  • Offices – 426

Franchise details: Hooters
Official site

The first Hooters Restaurant opened in Clearwater, Florida, in 1983. The company, known for its Hooters Girls waitresses, began franchising in 1986. The beach-theme restaurants feature sports displayed on flat-screen TVs and a menu offering seafood, sandwiches, burgers, salads, chicken wings and alcohol.

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10. Johnny Rockets

  • Investments $ 605,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 1987
  • Offices – 402

Franchise details: Johnny Rockets
Official site

Experience the inviting charm of a classic diner re-envisioned by the next generation. Passion for food comes first here, and it’s served by staff who know a thing or two about creating a great burger. Time-honored traditions like hand-spun shakes are complimented by unique new offers like craft sodas and floats. We’ve honed our craft and boast the best burger in town. We’re willing to put our signature on every dish that leaves our kitchen.

Johnny Rockets

11. Fuddruckers

  • Investments $100,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1980
  • Year Franchising Started – 1984
  • Offices – 180

Franchise details: Fuddruckers
Official site

Fuddruckers operates and franchises restaurants that specialize in high-quality, upscale hamburgers cooked to order.

Fuddruckers

12. Flamers

  • Investments $ 171,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1987
  • Year Franchising Started – 1987
  • Offices – 152

Franchise details: Flamers
Official site

Flamers' recipe for its tremendous success has been combining great food with an easy to use system and high-traffic customer locations. The final ingredient for continued success is YOU!

13. Teriyaki Madness

  • Investments $270,699
  • Franchise fee $45,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2003
  • Year Franchising Started – 2015
  • Offices – 140

Franchise details: Teriyaki Madness
Official site

TMAD provides a cooler, healthier, and more fulfilling alternative to the usual fast food experience of burgers, subs, and pizzas.

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14. Big Boy

  • Investments $ 861,800
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1936
  • Year Franchising Started – 1952
  • Offices – 109

Franchise details: Big Boy
Official site

In 1936, Bob Wian sold his DeSoto Roadster and used the money to buy a small hamburger stand in Glendale, California, naming it Bob's Pantry. A customer request inspired him to create the first double-decker hamburger, and another customer, a six-year-old boy who would often help sweep up the restaurant in exchange for a free hamburger, inspired him to name it the Big Boy. Franchising of Big Boy Restaurants began in 1952, and today the company is headquartered in Warren, Michigan.

15. Quaker Steak & Lube

  • Investments $ 473,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1974
  • Year Franchising Started – 1997
  • Offices – 50

Franchise details: Quaker Steak & Lube
Official site

In 1974, with gas prices rising and gas stations closing around the country, George "Jig" Warren III and Gary "Moe" Meszaros sought to preserve the culture of those old gas stations by opening Quaker Steak & Lube, a restaurant decorated with old muscle cars.

Franchising with Quaker Steak & Lube

16. Cheeburger Cheeburger

  • Investments $ 175,000
  • Franchise fee $24,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 1991
  • Offices – 45

Franchise details: Cheeburger Cheeburger
Official site

The first Cheeburger Cheeburger, named for a Saturday Night Live sketch, opened on Sanibel Island in Florida, in 1986. The company began franchising its 50's-style diners five years later. The menu offers customizable hamburgers, french fries, salads and milk shakes.

Cheeburger Cheeburger

17. Bareburger

  • Investments $ 987,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2002
  • Year Franchising Started – 2009
  • Offices – 40

Franchise details: Bareburger
Official site

We started with a music venue named Sputnik in Brooklyn's Bed Stuy back in 2002. The place was everything you can imagine: dive bar, art space, performance space, and a small kitchen the size of a closet buried off to the corner.

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18. Bandana's Bar-B-Q

  • Investments $ 380,200
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1996
  • Year Franchising Started – 2004
  • Offices – 32

Franchise details: Bandana's Bar-B-Q
Official site

The tradition began in September of 1996 when our first Bandana's BAR-B-Q opened in Arnold, Missouri. Our mission remains the same, to provide the best Southern Style BAR-B-Q, with exceptionally quick service, in a friendly, family atmosphere. Our real wood pit smokers operate 24 hours a day, which is why you can "SMELL THAT SMOKE" every time you come to Bandana's BAR-B-Q.

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19. Symposium Café

  • Investments $ 816,500
  • Franchise fee $50,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1996
  • Year Franchising Started – 2004
  • Offices – 22

Franchise details: Symposium Cafe
Official site

Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge is a unique, exciting, food service concept: an upscale, licensed, full service restaurant chain; with a restaurant menu that caters to a variety of meal categories (breakfast, brunch, burgers, and much more) and includes decadent desserts, European coffees and specialty beverages. Each location is open 7 days, from early morning to late.

Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge Video Tour

20. Atomic Wings

  • Investments $ 175,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1989
  • Year Franchising Started – 1991
  • Offices – 21

Franchise details: Atomic Wings
Official site

Atomic Wings was originally conceived in 1981. Our founder, Adam Lippin, couldn't find the hot, crispy wings that he savored during his college years in Buffalo. He spent several years perfecting the art behind the perfect chicken wing.

Atomic Wings - Making Wings with Tiki Barber

21. BGR The Burger Joint

  • Investments $ 195,000
  • Franchise fee $50,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2008
  • Offices – 21

Franchise details: BGR The Burger Joint
Official site

BGR The Burger Joint: In a burger world of one hit wonders meet the Rolling Stones.

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22. BullChicks

  • Investments $ 120,550
  • Franchise fee $39,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2006
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 19

Franchise details: BullChicks
Official site

BullChicks was established to serve low cost, satisfying meals to the general public, especially striving students with a low budget.

Bull Chicks Restaurant in Chula Vista

23. Little Big Burger

  • Investments $ 212,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 17

Franchise details: Little Big Burger
Official site

Founded in Portland, Oregon in 2010, Little Big Burger is a fast-casual restaurant concept offering fresh, high quality cooked-to-order burgers, truffle fries and root beer floats.

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24. Squeeze In

  • Investments $ 400,000
  • Franchise fee $45,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1974
  • Year Franchising Started – 2008
  • Offices – 14

Franchise details: Squeeze In
Official site

At Farmer Boys Breakfast Burgers and More, we are deeply committed to supporting our franchisees. Well help you find the right location, teach you our time-honored techniques and provide ongoing assistance to help you grow your business.

Welcome to the Squeeze In

25. Five Guys

  • Investments $ 152,600
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 2002
  • Offices – 12

Franchise details: Five Guys
Official site

At Five Guys, we don't like to talk about ourselves very much. We would rather focus on making burgers. So if you're interested in franchising, we hope it's because you love our burgers, love that we have a simple menu, and want to serve great burgers in a clean and friendly environment with very little fuss. If you feel that way, then there isn't much more to say!

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

26. Lumberjacks Restaurant

  • Investments $ 427,800
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2004
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 10

Franchise details: Lumberjacks Restaurant
Official site

By offering an extensive menu of classic dishes with something for everyone, families can enjoy a log cabin dining experience that they just can't get enough of at any other place. With a value matched by none, Lumberjacks is proud to announce its next wave of growth and continues to look for additional qualified franchisees to help carry on the Lumberjacks legacy.

Lumberjacks Restaurant Family Table – 30 Second TV Commercial

27. Bad Daddy's

  • Investments $ 590,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 10

Franchise details: Bad Daddy's
Official site

In 2007, the first Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar opened on East Blvd. in Charlotte, NC. It was an immediate success, and for good reason. Our philosophy to prepare simple foods–such as the quintessential American dish, the hamburger–with culinary passion satisfied a craving among restaurant-goers like nothing had before.

BWB Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

28. Arthur Treacher's

  • Investments $ 45,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1969
  • Year Franchising Started – 2002
  • Offices – 8

Franchise details: Arthur Treacher's
Official site

Arthur Treacher's brings old England's national snack of batter-fried fish escorted by huge fries to these shores to satisfy All-American appetites!

Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips (Commercial, 1979)

29. Jakes Uptown Burgers

  • Investments $ 342,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1985
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 7

Franchise details: Jakes Uptown Burgers
Official site

You know when you go out of town to visit a good friend and they take you to a great local hangout where the food is great and the vibe is relaxed, fun and exciting? Yeah, that’s Jakes! We’re kind of like your favorite pair of jeans we fit perfectly to where you can be yourself.

Jakes Uptown - Bank of American Interview

30. Virginia Barbeque

  • Investments $ 81,500
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2000
  • Year Franchising Started – 2004
  • Offices – 7

Franchise details: Virginia Barbeque
Official site

Our model has been specifically designed to be family friendly to our customers and the franchise owner. Owners are drawn to the business because of the lifestyle freedoms that are unique to our chain that opens at 11 am and closes no later than 9pm.

Virginia Barbecue - A History

31. Baby's Badass Burgers

  • Investments $54,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2008
  • Offices – 6

Franchise details: Baby's Badass Burgers
Official Site

With a Baby's Badass Burgers Franchise, you will be serving a product that can't be beat, enjoying low start-up costs, unparalleled support and a sure-fire media explosion in your market. Now expanding nationally, BBB are looking for motivated entrepreneurs who want to add their drive, passion and strong work ethic to our proven business model for a remarkable recipe for success!

Baby's Badass Burgers wins Food Wars!

32. Friends American Grill

  • Investments $225,250
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 5

Franchise details: Friends American Grill
Official site

Friends is a neighborhood grill & bar. We are locally owned and operated by Ray Stanjevich and Suzanne Cartwright, with locations in the Atlanta suburbs of Dacula, Dawsonville, Suwanee, Buford and Winder.

Choices to You - Friends American Grill

33. Char Hut

  • Investments $250,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1976
  • Year Franchising Started – 2000
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: Char Hut
Official site

Char-Hut is a recognized regional innovator in the specialty burger industry throughout Southern Florida.

Take a Tour of a Char-Hut Franchise

34. Food Truck

  • Investments $ 99,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: Food Truck

One of the rapidly growing areas of the restaurant and food service industry is the demand for readily available, economically priced and tasty meals. In other words, those meals provided by gourmet food trucks. Food Truck Franchise Group is a master franchisor of gourmet food truck and restaurant businesses throughout the United States. We are a team of experts that are here to help the new and old, alike, in the ever expanding world of food, its preparation, service and packaging.

35. Burger Village

  • Investments $ 589,000
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2013
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Burger Village
Official site

With over 15 years of experience in food industry and restaurant management, Burger Village is a dream concept and creation of four Long Islander brothers – Sam, Nick, Vick & Ravi. They have also owned QSRs and full service restaurant in the past; and due to their expansive individual experiences each of them has their unique contribution to Burger Village such as operations, cooking skills, recipes, management, marketing and service which overall provides customers with a qualitative dining experience.

36. Burger Nation

  • Investments $ 300,333
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2011
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Burger Nation
Official site

Burger Nation prides itself in putting out a top notch product by only using best quality ingredients. Burger Nation provides a list of signature burgers that are carefully crafted to tingle any taste buds & a build your own burger menu to give the same creative freedom to its customers.

37. Juicy Burgers

  • Investments $ 50,414
  • Franchise fee $39,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1978
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Juicy Burgers
Official site

At a Juicy Burgers Restaurant it's all about the hamburgers. They're always made fresh and to order – right in front of you. All you have to do is taste one of our hot fresh custom hamburgers and you'll be hooked.

38. Top Burger

  • Investments $ 200,900
  • Franchise fee $24,900
  • Year Brand Started – 2012
  • Year Franchising Started – 2015
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Top Burger

Inspired by the Californian burger scene, Top Burger, burgers and beers was born. Our mission is simply to produce premium quality burger with a healthy twist. Picture our space, Americana sports bar meets urban interiors. Dine in or take away. Uber Eats coming soon.

39. Slaters 50/50

  • Investments $600,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Slaters 50/50
Official site

For years Slater's 50/50 has been preparing for it's march across America to preach the gospel of Burgers, Bacon & Beer and now YOU can be a disciple.

Slater's 50/50 Impossible Challenge

40. The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery

  • Investments $ 1,351,733
  • Year Brand Started – 2012
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
Official site

It’s time for a franchise model that completely redefines the market place. One that offers a business model no one has done with such success and market potential.

Tuckaway Tavern - Raymond, NH (Phantom Gourmet)

41. Philly Connection

  • Investments $150,000
  • Franchise fee $10,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1984
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Philly Connection

Official site

Since 1984, Atlanta-based Philly Connection restaurants have been perfecting the Cheesesteak sandwich.

42. Five Finger Philly

  • Investments $ 72,150
  • Year Brand Started – 2017
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Five Finger Philly
Official site

Five Finger Philly’s mission is to serve the best cheesesteaks with only the freshest ingredients and most attentive service to each and every customer.

Five Finger Philly Food Truck

43. Craft Burger Bar

  • Investments $100,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2015
  • Year Franchising Started – 2015
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Craft Burger Bar
Official site

Craft Burger bar isnt just another burger joint! We serve ONLY first quality genuine WAGYU beef burgers. If you havent tasted a Wagyu beef burger yet you are in for a treat!

44. Teddy's Bigger Burgers

  • Investments $ 350,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1997
  • Year Franchising Started – 2005

Franchise details: Teddy's Bigger Burgers
Official site

As the owner of a Teddy’s Bigger Burger franchise, you will operate your business knowing that you are backed up by a highly experienced team of people that know exactly how to treat customers to an exceptional food experience.

Teddy's Bigger Burgers Greenbelt 3 Ayala Center Makati by HourPhilippines.com

45. Shoney's

  • Investments $ 200,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1947

Franchise details: Shoney's
Official site

Shoney’s is Today’s All-American Kitchen. We’ve grown a lot since our first location opened doors in 1947. Today, Americans can find Shoney’s restaurants in 17 states. Our warm, welcoming environment keeps generations coming back for another serving.

Shoney's Sizzle Reel

46. Steak-Out Char-Broiled Delivery

  • Investments $ 223,100
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 1988

Franchise details: Steak-Out Char-Broiled Delivery
Official site

Steak-Out Char-Broiled Delivery® understands that peoples' demanding schedules require ease in meal preparation. Our business is to deliver hot, complete meals right to their door. Providing our guests with convenience without sacrificing the quality is our goal.

47. The Rusty Dog

  • Investments $ 85,400
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2015

Franchise details: The Rusty Dog
Official site

Founded in 2015 by the Greiner family of Boise, Idaho, The Rusty Dog—"America's Corndog" has begun the national franchise development of its state fair-themed food trucks with a home made delicious product, a super-clean image, low start-up costs, and a 100% social distancing-friendly business model.

48. Tickle My Ribs

  • Investments $ 150,000

Franchise details: Tickle My Ribs
Official site

Tickle My Ribs BBQ is a family-friendly dining experience serving up mouth-watering, hickory-smoked BBQ with a taste of the south served on the side.