12 Small Burger Chains That Might Take Over the World
By: Dan Gentile
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.
Credit: Flip Burger Boutique
FLIP Burger Boutique (address and info)
Est. 2008, Atlanta, GA
Number of locations: 4
What they do: Upscale organic beef burgers, as designed by Top Chef winner Richard Blais. Bonus points for tongue-twisting toppings like pomegranate ketchup, pickled shallots, and tempura-fried lemon.
Why they might blow up: Atlanta food writers have cited FLIP as igniting a local burger war, and with battles come larger gains in territory. Despite an upscale vibe, they manage to keep most burgers under 10 bucks. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a Top Chef on board.
Credit: Dan Gentile