America’s top 5 all-time favorite fast food chains

Millions of Americans eat at fast-food restaurants every day and options for them are increasing day by day.

Unsurprisingly, Mcdonald’s has ranked at the top of the list with around $40 billion in sales. Starbucks stands at second. It’s not surprising that burgers are the most popular food among Americans, as 14 out of 50 fast-food chains are classified as burger restaurants.

Below we have listed the Top 5 fast-food chain in America on the basis of their sales


  1. Chick-Fil-A- $10 billion in system-wide sales

This Atlanta-based fast-food chain was founded in 1964, holding onto its fifth-place ranking with $10 billion in systematic sales. The restaurant’s specialty is chicken sandwiches. While its biggest rivals – Popeyes, KFC, and Wingstop – saw growth, the chain hasn’t lost any of its market share in crispy chicken. Sales of food chain restaurants rose by 13% in 2020 to $13.7 billion.

Chicken sandwiches and fries remain at number 1 item on its menu. It also serves a variety of sauces, including barbecue sauce, chick-fil-a sauce, Polynesian sauce, and honey mustard.

  1. Taco Bell- $10.3 billion in system-wide sales

Founded by Glen Bell in California in 1962, Taco Bell is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. The chain has more than 7,000 locations and over 350 franchisees worldwide. The food chain restaurant is famous for its inventive menu inspired by Mexican items.

One of its unique innovations includes Doritos Locos Taco. Since its launch, more than 1 billion DLTs have been sold which makes it one of the most iconic innovations in food history.

  1. Subway- $10.4 billion in system-wide sales

The fast-food chain was founded by 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and Peter Buck in Connecticut in 1965. By 1974, Subway had 16 stores in the state of Connecticut. The chain operates in 107 countries with 42,174 restaurants in total.

The fast-food chain has 38 million subway sandwiches to offer to its customers. On average it serves around 7.6 million sandwiches in a year, which could cover the Earth roughly 14 times.

Though its products vary in accordance to different locations of the restaurants, submarine sandwich remains the signature product of subway.

  1. Starbucks- $19.7 billion in system-wide sales

Seattle-based, Starbuck was founded in 1971 by Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Siegl. It is the largest coffee company in the world with its presence across 64 countries. Worldwide, it got 23,187 stores out of which 12,973 are located in the United States.

Starbuck is known for its beverages, including wines and beers, and snacks. It offers around 87,000 drink combinations to its customers. It is much more popular than its biggest competitor, Dunkin’.

Since 1987, the largest coffeehouse chain has been adding at least 2 new stores every year. They also use 93 million gallons of milk and 2.3 billion paper cups per year for their services.

  1. McDonald’s- $38.5 billion in system-wide sales

McDonald’s is the largest food chain restaurant in the world. Its popularity is unshakeable. The food chain has its presence across 119 countries with 35,000 outlets. Nearly 68 million people visit McDonald’s as customers, which is more than the population of Great Britain. Its famous logo of two golden arches has been one of the most recognizable logos in the world.

It has chicken sandwiches, fries, desserts, and soft drinks to offer their customers and have added McCafe, to serve caffeine. Hamburgers remain McDonald’s signature product. It sells around 75 hamburgers every second.

McDonald’s was founded in 1940 by Richard and Maurice McDonalds in California. It employs more than 1.7 million people. The global food chain has not only partnered with the entertainment companies to become the largest distributor of toys but also with famous celebrities to launch a limited edition menu. Recently, Mcdonald’s has partnered up with BTS, a South Korean boy band, for a similar venture.