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Jack in the Box vs BurgerFi: Which Franchise Is Best?

Jack in the Box vs BurgerFi: Which Franchise Is Best?

Are you interested in learning the differences between franchising with Jack in the Box vs BurgerFi?

At Jack in the Box, we understand you have a lot of choices to make when it comes to finding the best franchise opportunity for you.

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at five key differences between Jack in the Box and BurgerFi when it comes to franchising.

1) Available Markets

Finding an available market is one of the most important steps in your franchising journey.

Let’s look at current locations in the United States for both companies:

  • Jack in the Box: +2,100 Locations
  • BurgerFi: 120 Locations

When compared to the +14,000 McDonald’s locations in the United States, BurgerFi and Jack in the Box have plenty of room to grow their restaurants across the country.

At Jack in the Box, this means you have an opportunity to develop your restaurant in some of the most exciting markets in the United States. Plus, a better chance at finding availability in your preferred location.

When you look at our map of available markets, you’ll see most of the cities and states outside of California, Texas, and Utah are open for new burger franchise restaurants.

2) Investment Requirements

Before you begin the process of becoming a franchisee with BurgerFi or Jack in the Box, you must meet certain financial requirements.

These requirements typically involve a minimum of liquid cash available along with an initial franchise fee.

Jack in the Box Investment Requirements:

  • Minimum Liquidity: $500,000
  • Minimum Net Worth: $1,500,000
  • Franchise Fee: $50,000 per Location

BurgerFi Investment Requirements:

  • Minimum Liquidity: $500,000
  • Minimum Net Worth: $1,000,000
  • Franchise Fee: $45,000 per Location

Both of these burger franchises have similar financial requirements when it comes to minimum liquidity and the initial franchise fee.

Keep in mind, you’ll also be responsible for paying royalty fees as a franchisee at either restaurant.

Jack in the Box charges an ongoing 5% royalty with a 5% ongoing marketing royalty.

At BurgerFi, their royalties are 5.5% of revenues, a national brand fund contribution of 2.0% and local restaurant marketing of 1.5%.

3) Business Partners

If you’re unable to meet the financial requirements mentioned above, there are many potential sources of liquidity that may be overlooked. For example:

  • Business Partners
  • Stocks & Bonds
  • 401k Rollovers
  • Home Equity

At Jack in the Box, we allow our franchisees to have business partners to help them meet our investment requirements.

BurgerFi franchisees must be actively involved as an operator of their BurgerFi restaurant(s) either through their own involvement or that of a dedicated operating partner (with equity) who is committed to the full-time management of the BurgerFi business.

4) Real Estate Ownership

Another important factor you should be aware of is the ability of the franchisee to own the real estate associated with their restaurant.

At Jack in the Box, our franchisees can purchase or lease the property where their restaurants are located. We even have an entire real estate and leasing team to help you find available real estate and assist with lease negotiations.

BurgerFi doesn’t mention if they allow franchisees to own the property associated with their stores on their franchising website.

5) Menu Options & Availability

BurgerFi is known for serving 100% beef burgers, hot dogs, fries, and onion rings typically from 11AM to 10PM at night. They also carry craft beer, wine, shakes, and frozen custard to top your meal off.

Jack in the Box offers a large and distinctive 24/7 menu with five dayparts to our customers. This means you can get anything on the menu at any time – day or night.

Our menu features much more than burgers and fries with our 24-hour breakfast menu and items like our famous tacos, egg rolls, and late-night Munchie Meals.

When it comes to menu variety and hours of operation between these two burger franchises, Jack in the Box is the clear winner.

Check Out These Additional Resources

We hope this article gave you a better understanding of the differences between franchising with Jack in the Box and BurgerFi.

At Jack in the Box, we work with our franchisees every step of the way to get their restaurants up and running.

Here are some additional online resources you may like to check out:

If you have any questions, please contact our franchise sales & support team.

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