Looking for a burger restaurant? You’ll have the best luck in California or Mississippi. California has the largest number of burger joints; 11.72% of all Mississippi restaurants are burger-menu spots, highest share in the U.S. And if you want an independent burger spot rather than a chain location, your best bet is Washington, where 26.61% of burger restaurants are indies, highest in the U.S.
Chicago-based CHD Expert—a global company specializing in collecting, managing and analyzing foodservice industry data—has shared with BurgerBusiness.com research that provides unique insight into the size and makeup (as of June 2014) of the U.S. burger-menu-restaurant business. Among its findings:
The U.S. burger market is a $73 billion business.
CHD Expert categorizes more than 49,000 U.S. restaurants as burger joints. Of them, 13.89% are independent and 86.11% are a part of a chain, which CHD defines as having 10 or more units.
Burger joints account for 7.4% of all U.S. restaurants nationally. In Mississippi, however, they represent of 11.72% of all the state’s restaurants.
California has the highest number of burger restaurants (6,104; 26.32% independent).
McDonald’s, of course, is the largest chain, boasting a 34.3% share of the burger market.
About 8.7% of the total, or 4,250 burger restaurants, are classified as “fast casual” by CHD Expert. As it includes the upscale burger bars that have proliferated in the last decade, the fast-casual segment’s share of independents (45.14%) is much larger than for the overall market (13.89%)