Regional and semi-national fast food burger chains

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Most of us are familiar with the national fast food burger chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Five Guys, Sonic, and Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. But, there are many local, regional, and semi-national burger chains that dot the map and serve tasty sandwiches. In fact, my favorite burgers are produced by regional chains – Braum’s and Whataburger. The list provided below identifies these chains and their geographic location(s). It does not include national chains nor those burger restaurants that provide fast-casual service such as Red Robin or Shake Shack.

Source: freddysusa.com

From the list, one can see there were specific spans of history where fast food burger chains were founded. These time clusters include:

1919-1926: A&W, Halo Burger, Stewart’s, White Castle, and White Tower (now defunct) (5)

1930-1935: Krystal, Steak ‘n Shake, and Swenson’s (3)

1940-1941: B&K Root Beer (largely defunct), Carl’s Jr., Dairy Queen, and McDonald’s (4)

1946-1956: Arctic Circle, Baker’s, Blake’s Lotaburger, Burger Chef (now part of Hardee’s), Burger King, Dick’s, Fatburger, In-N-Out Burger, Jack-in-the-Box, Nation’s Giant Hamburgers, Original Tommy’s, Pal’s, Sonic, Tom Wahl’s, Whataburger, and Zip’s (16)

1960-1969: Bob’s, Braum’s, Burgerville, Hardee’s, Jack’s, and Wendy’s (6)

1981-1987: Back Yard, Burger Time, Checker’s, Culver’s, Farmer Boys, Five Guys, Hot n’ Now (defunct), and Rally’s (8)

2000-2003: Freddy’s and Wild Willy’s (2)

Those burger chain shown above in italics, the author has eaten at.

Source: burgerposter.blogspot.com

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A&W (1919 in Lodi, CA) – AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, IN, KS, KY, MI, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN, WI, and WV

Arctic Circle (1950 in Salt Lake City, UT) – UT, ID, OR, NV, AZ, WA, and WY

Back Yard Burgers (1987 in Cleveland, MS)- AR, FL, IL, KY, MO, MS, NC, and TN

Baker’s (1952 in Southern California) – Southern California

Blake’s Lotaburger (1952 in Albuquerque, NM) – NM, TX, and AZ

Bob’s Burgers (1963 in Albuquerque, NM) – 11 locations in the Albuquerque area

Braum’s (1961 in Emporia, KS) – OK, TX, KS, AR, and MO

Burger Time (1987 in West Fargo, ND) – ND, MN, and SD

Burgerville (1961 in Vancouver, WA) – WA and OR – Thank you, Dan (added 4/2/22)

Checker’s (1986 in Mobile, AL) – Coast to coast in 25 states

Culver’s (1984 in Sauk City, WI) – 25 states

Dick’s Drive-in (1954 in Seattle, WA) – Puget Sound area of WA

Farmer Boys (1981 in Perris, CA) – Southern California

Fatburger (1947 in Los Angeles, CA) – Southern California

Freddy’s Steakburgers & Frozen Custard (2002 in Wichita, KS) – Coast to coast in 35 states

Halo Burger (1923 in Flint, MI) – Michigan

In-N-Out Burger (1948 in Baldwin Park, CA) – AZ, CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, TX, and UT

Jack in the Box (1951 in San Diego, CA) – Primarily the Western USA

Jack’s (1960 in Homewood, AL) – AL, GA, MS, and TN

Krystal (1932 in Chattanooga, TN) Southeastern USA

Nation’s Giant Hamburgers (1952 in San Pablo, CA) – SF Bay area of CA

Original Tommy’s (1946 in Los Angeles, CA) – Southern California

Pal’s (1956 in Kingsport, TN) – TN and VA

Rally’s (1985 in Louisville, KY) – 16 states

Steak ‘n Shake (1934 in Normal, IL) – Coast to coast in 32 states, but primarily in the Midwest and Southeast

Stewart’s (1924 in Mansfield, OH) – OH, NJ, NY, PA, and WV

Swenson’s (1934 in Akron, OH) – Ohio

Tom Wahl’s (1955 in Rochester, NY) – Six locations in the Rochester area.

Whataburger (1950 in Corpus Christi, TX) – Southeastern and Southwestern USA

White Castle (1921 in Wichita, KS) Midwest, NY, FL, NV, and AZ

Wild Willy’s (2001 in York, ME) – MA, ME, and NH

Zip’s (1953 in Kennewick, WA) – WA and ID

Source: en.wikipedia.org

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3 Responses to Regional and semi-national fast food burger chains

  1. Dan Tilque says:

    Burgerville (1961 in Vancouver WA) — OR and WA

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  2. problogic says:

    Burgerville has been Added. Thank you.

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