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Best Burger Franchises to Buy in 2021

We break down this year’s top business ownership opportunities in the burger segment of the restaurant industry.

By Cassidy McAloonSenior Writer
Updated 9:09AM 03/18/21

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the restaurant industry, there’s one segment that’s expecting growth in 2021: burgers. Right now, it’s estimated that the segment is worth $115.1 billion, and it’s expected to increase by 15.9% over the course of the year. That means that for aspiring entrepreneurs or restaurateurs, the burger segment of the franchising industry isn’t one to overlook.

As the economy continues to recover, franchisees have the opportunity to tap into growing consumer demand for this traditional American cuisine. Here are the 10 best burger franchises to buy in 2021:

Fosters Freeze

Checkers* & Rally’s

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes


  • Startup costs: $2,300,000-$5,400,000
  • Units: 765


  • Startup costs: $546,000-$895,000
  • Units: 256

Wayback Burgers

  • Startup costs: $209,000-$525,000
  • Units: 148


  • Startup costs: $1,200,000-$3,500,000
  • Units: 3,525

Farmer Boys

  • Startup costs: $1,000,000-$2,500,000
  • Units: 96

Carl’s Jr.

  • Startup costs: $1,600,000-$2,200,000
  • Units: 1,653

*This brand is a paid partner of 1851 Franchise. For more information on paid partnerships please click here.