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Fuddruckers is an American franchised restaurant chain with the motto, “Making the world happy, one great burger at a time.” Specializing in the art of making great hamburgers Fuddruckers focuses on offering great quality and uses fresh, never frozen 100% USDA All-American premium-cut beef with the ability to order from four different sizes. They also seek to provide the perfect buns that are baked daily from scratch and are sesame-topped. Fuddruckers has reported annual sales in excess of $135 million.

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Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$400,000 - $1,480,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


In addition to offering great ingredient quality Fuddruckers is successful by their unique serving style; customers can visit the Build Your Own produce bar that offers fresh sun-ripened tomatoes, lettuce, sliced onions, dill pickles, sautéed mushrooms, cheese sauce and pico de gallo. This method ensures that the customer always receives a burger built to perfection. The restaurant is known for producing orders quickly but is not considered fast food. The restaurant offers pre-made varieties of their hamburgers with options such as “Southwest” and “The Works”. Non-beef options are also available with burgers made from other meat, including: chicken, turkey, elk, buffalo and wild boar.

Fuddruckers Franchise: History

The Fuddruckers franchise was founded in 1979 under the name Freddie Fuddruckers by Philip J. Romano in San Antonio, Texas. He left the company in 1988 to build another brand, Romano’s Macaroni Grill; the company was then purchased by Michael Cannon that same year then later by Austin-based Magic Brands and its headquarters was placed in Houston, Texas. A series of new stores were launched in August 2014 starting in Newport News, Virginia under the name Fuddruckers Deluxe; unlike the original Fuddruckers where customers order at the counter the new restaurants offer a full-service sit down style of serving. The menu includes both traditional and new items with a full wait staff and bar but does not feature the produce and fixings bar like the original Fuddruckers do.

Fuddruckers Franchise: Other Information

Fuddruckers has been voted "Best Burger" in countless cities, was named "the Better Burger" byR&I Magazine Menu Trends in 2010 and has consistently been listed in the Franchise Times Top 200.

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