While many popular fast food chains are headquartered in California, Burger King stands out as the East Coast's pride, originating in Jacksonville, Florida, and currently headquartered in Miami.
Burger King introduced the Whopper four years after opening, priced at 37 cents, inspired by a competitor's larger burger, predating the Big Mac.
Seeking a solution to damaged heating elements, David Edgerton invented a conveyor belt device in 1959 that cooked Burger King patties over an open gas flame, imparting a distinct taste and grill marks.
Due to a bun shortage, the first Burger King location in Puerto Rico used smaller buns, creating the popular "Whopper Jr." that made its way onto menus worldwide.
Burger King faced trademark issues in Australia, leading to the selection of "Hungry Jack's" as the restaurant's name, which now has approximately 450 locations in the country.
Burger King serves a staggering 11 million customers globally each day, generating $1.81 billion in revenue during the 2021 financial year.
With over 19,247 locations across 100+ countries, Burger King operates predominantly through independent franchisees.
Trademark conflicts with the Hoots family in Mattoon led to a legal settlement that restricted Burger King's operation within a 20-mile radius of the town.
Burger King's Helsinki location made headlines in 2016 for its unique spa featuring a sauna, timber decor, flatscreen TVs, PlayStation, and stocked beer fridge, available for a rental cost of around $300, excluding burgers.
Burger King, owned by Canada-based parent company Restaurant Brands International (RBI), merged with Tim Horton's in 2014 and later acquired Popeye's and Firehouse Subs.