With 31 locations in California and two in Nevada, Original Tommy’s Hamburgers is the runner-up to In-N-Out in terms of California burger chains. If you’re visiting, don’t miss out on their famous Double Chili Cheeseburger, a favorite among California locals.
Good Times is located only in Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Made famous for their Good Time burgers, this regional chain has built up a fan base in the Midwest. Locals know that a Good Time burger is only complete with some of their famed frozen custard for dessert.
Made famous by Harold and Kumar, White Castle may have tiny burgers, but it has a huge cult following. White Castle differs from Krystal Burger in that the variety of slider options is much larger, including double cheese, chicken breast, and fish options.
Krystal Burger is the Southern counterpart to White Castle, with square burgers that come in slider form. With more than 350 locations in the South, it rivals White Castle with the classic Krystals mini burger.
Arctic Circle has a total of 73 locations and is primarily located in Utah and Idaho. It’s famous for its Black Angus beef burgers, which come in two sizes, big and bigger. Fans love the Arctic Circle Original Fry Sauce, which is also available for purchase.
With more than 700 locations over 10 states, it’s a shame that Whataburger hasn’t made its way up north. A Texas favorite and number six on the Daily Meal’s list of 10 Best Chain Burgers, Whataburger has classic fast-food options in addition to seasonal favorites like avocado and specialty burgers with jalapeños and cheese.
Located only in Alabama, Milo’s has been serving their special sauce and quick-service hamburgers since 1946. Milkshakes have also become crowd favorites, but Alabama locals know that the hamburger is the reason to visit this local spot.
A smaller chain, Burgerville is located primarily in Oregon, with a few spots in Washington, too.With 39 locations, Burgerville is unique in that they use local and seasonal ingredients, and stress sustainable business practices like composting and recycling.
Perhaps no regional chain is as beloved as In-N-Out Burger. Though it’s primarily associated with California, In-N-Out also has locations in Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Arizona. Though the Animal-Style fries of the secret menu have yet to make it over to the East Coast, locals swear they’re worth the trip. In-N-Out was the runner-up on the Daily Meal’s list of 10 Best Chain Burgers, though some locals would probably contest that.