Better burger brands race to $1 billion

Better burger brands race to $1 billion

In the increasingly crowded world of fast-casual burger concepts, industry pundits expect the sector's first billion-dollar player to soon emerge.

Many see Five Guys Burgers and Fries leading the pack.

The Lorton, Va.-based chain reported $453 million in sales in 2009, an increase of 50 percent over the previous year, largely because of its rapid pace of growth. During 2009, Five Guys jumped from 360 to 547 units, a 52-percent increase at a time when most c

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