Fast Food Facts: 8 Mind-Blowing Things to Know About Fast Food

By the Numbers
By: Jacqui Denker | Segun Oduolowu Posted: 4:23 PM, Nov 15, 2018

Thought you knew all there is to know about fast food? Think again and grab some fries as we look at fast food facts by the numbers.


1. Number of Restaurants in the U.S.


First up on our list, three hundred thousand is the approximate number of fast food restaurants in the U.S. alone. As they say, variety is the spice of life!


2. The Most Smokin’ Commercial


Thirteen hours and five minutes is the length of a commercial aired by Arby’s. It’s a single shot of a beef brisket being smoked, and it set the Guinness World Record for longest ad ever aired. Sounds more like slow food if you ask us!


3. Cow-abunga Burgers


One hundred – that’s how many different cows compromise a single McDonald’s burger. Talk about a team effort!


4. Number of Sub Combinations


Burger King isn’t the only fast food chain that lets you have it your way. Thirty-eight million is the total possible ways to make a sandwich at Subway. Yikes, be scary for the weary decision-maker!


5. Free Meals


One hundred is the amount of people who get a free meal once a week for a year if they are the first customers when a Chick-Fil-A opens.  Hmmm, no wonder the most dedicated customers campout over night!


6. Dollars Spent


One thousand two hundred is the amount the average American spends on fast food each year. And, yes, that number is definitely beefed up by the fact that 34% of American kids eat fast food every day.


7. Soda Slurped


Forty-four gallons is how much soda the average American consumes every year to wash down all those burgers and fries. Sheesh, sounds like one hell of a sugar high!


8. Fast Food Facts: Free Food


Zero – the amount many restaurants charge just for downloading their mobile app. For a list of places giving away free food, click here.


And that’s a look at fast food facts by the numbers!