Burger King is one of the largest chains of hamburger fast food restaurants in the world. There are almost 11500 Burger King stores worldwide in 69 different nations. But who founded Burger King? This article will answer that exact question and also look at eight interesting facts about Burger King.
Who Founded Burger King
In 1954, Burger King was co-founded by James McLamore and David Edgerton. The first restaurant, originally called Insta Burger King, was opened in Miami, Florida. McLamore had the idea to found Burger King after realizing the profitability of McDonalds. In 1959, Burger King had grown to five stores in the Miami region. McLamore and Edgerton decided to expand nationally by using a franchising system and formed the Burger King Corporation in 1959. So now you know who founded Burger King and know a little about its history. Now let’s look at eight amazing facts about Burger King.
Eight Interesting Burger King Facts
Fact 1: The Whooper, probably the best known burger on the Burger King menu, was first added to the menu in 1957.
Fact 2: Hungry Jacks is an Australian franchise of Burger King. When Burger King tried to expand its operations into Australia in 1971, it found out that ‘Burger King’ was already trademarked to a man running a small takeaway shop and decided to call the Australian franchise Hungry Jacks.
Fact 3: At the end of 2007, Burger King had over 39000 employees working at 11300 Burger King outlets.
Fact 4: The Burger King mascot, the Burger King (not very original), was be starring in his own movie called (you guessed it) The Burger King.
Fact 5: Burger King is the fourth largest fast food chain worldwide, after Yum! Brands, McDonalds and Subway.
Fact 6: In 1982, Burger King sparked massive controversy when they claimed there burgers were better than the fried burger of their two main rivals, McDonalds and Wendy.
Fact 7: In response to controversy about the nutritional content in their food, Burger King has created a new Kid’s meal line up with many healthy food choices.
Fact 8: The first international Burger King store was located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.