Hamburger restaurants are the fourth-most popular type in the U.S. and make up 7.4 percent of all restaurants in America.
For better or for worse, hamburgers are a very popular food item in the United States. In some places in the country, it is more popular than in others.
For the record, the United States hamburger market is a $73 billion business, and there are a lot of places selling hamburgers. Wouldn’t you like to know how many burger joints there are in the country?
Thanks to Chicago-based CHD Expert, a global company specializing in collecting food service industry data, there are 49,000 U.S. restaurants that specialize in hamburgers. Eighty-six percent of those are chain restaurants, which CHD defines as a company that has 10 or more retail units.
Hamburger joints represent 7.4 percent of all U.S. restaurants. McDonald’s is the largest hamburger chain, with 34.3 percent of the hamburger market, followed by Burger King (15.4 percent) and Wendy’s (13.8 percent).
There are independent hamburger joints and some states have more than others. In Washington State, 26.61 percent of the hamburger joints are independent. You can stay on the west coast and visit California, which has only slightly less (26.32 percent) independent burger joints. If you like the unusual in hamburgers, the remainder of the top five among independents is Alaska (25.68 percent), Hawaii (25.54 percent) and Washington, D.C. (22.62 percent).
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When you are in Mississippi, you are never far from a hamburger restaurant, because that state has the highest percent (11.72) of hamburger places among all of its restaurants. Other states that are hamburger-heavy are New Mexico (11.62 percent), Alabama (11.44), Kentucky (11.36) and Oklahoma (11.03).
It is estimated that there are more than 6,000 hamburger restaurants in California, the highest number for any state in the U.S. Texas has 5,550, Florida has 2,730, Ohio has 1,850 and Illinois has 1.846.
“Hamburger’’ is the fourth-most popular menu type of restaurant in the United States behind “varied menu”, “pizzeria” and “Mexican” .
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.