The next Five Guys: 12 small burger chains that might take over the world

August 1, 2014

No matter how full of big burger chains our country may be, we always seem to make room for one more.

In past years we’ve seen empires like Five Guys and In-N-Out flex their regional muscles until they burst into the mainstream, and it’s only a matter of time before there’s a new name on the tip of everyone’s tongues. Here are 12 burgeoning burger operations whose savory local successes make them strong candidates for the national stage, ranging from mom & pop operations seemingly content with ruling their regions to ambitious concepts that have already made footholds abroad.