The Habit Burger Grill Named 2022 Best Buy and Finalist in Exclusive Franchise Times Ranking
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The Habit Burger Grill Named 2022 Best Buy and Finalist in Exclusive Franchise Times Ranking

Fast-Casual Charburger Brand Recognized as Notable Franchise to Consider in 2022

March 31, 2022 // // IRVINE, Calif. - The Habit Burger Grill, the Santa Barbara-born burger franchise, has been named a best buy in franchising by Franchise Times as part of its annual Zor Awards program designed to recognize brands in 10 of the industry’s most exciting and accessible categories.

Crafted to answer the question, “What’s the best franchise to buy?”, the Zor Awards is an industry-exclusive award program appearing in the March 2022 issue of Franchise Times. The Zor Awards aids individuals exploring franchising by showing them how to make a selection using an astute business mindset.

The Habit Burger Grill was not only named as a “Best Buy” franchise, but also named as a finalist in the ‘Full Speed Ahead’ category. The incomparable fast-casual brand was selected by the Franchise Times staff from 10 industry categories among the Franchise Times top 400 franchises. The Habit Burger Grill specifically stood out as a brand booming with strategic growth in the year ahead.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by Franchise Times as a notable franchise to buy,” said John Phillips, Chief Global Business Partnership Officer for The Habit Burger Grill. “Our team has worked tirelessly to help our franchise partners achieve success through comprehensive support, and we’ve put our strategic growth plan into action in new and existing U.S. markets as our franchise expansion continues. The name of the recognition speaks for itself, The Habit mindset is ‘full speed ahead’ in 2022 and beyond.”

There are several key factors that go into the evaluation. The finalists were drawn from the Franchise Times top 400 database, which is a 23-year-old research tool covering more than 650 U.S.-based franchisors. The research team examined six key financial metrics pulled from each brand’s franchise disclosure document, with a focus on profitability for the franchisee. The process also included editorial examination of management teams, product or service offerings, unit openings and closings, recent litigation and financial backing of the brand. As part of the research, The Habit Burger Grill emerged among the best-of-the-best top franchises in the burger sector and the industry as a whole.

Since its inception in 1969, The Habit Burger Grill has established a respected reputation praised for its award-winning Charburger and its laid-back, welcoming California essence. In addition to the signature Charburger, The Habit’s trend-forward product innovation sets it apart from competitors in the fast-casual space with fresh salads, handcrafted sandwiches and crave-worthy sides such as tempura green beans, sweet potato and french fries, and onion rings. The offerings also incorporate entrees featuring line-caught, sushi grade ahi tuna, fresh chicken and grilled tenderloin steak. Along with the emphasis on cooked-to-order menu items, The Habit difference is based on the uniqueness of its chargrilling over an open flame.

Prospective franchise owners looking to be a part of the growing Habit Burger Grill franchise should possess an entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for the brand, proven business experience with success in restaurant operations, have the dedicated resources and infrastructure to operate restaurants, as well as the ability to source real estate and construction. Candidates should also have access to enough liquid capital for the development of multiple restaurants in a large territory and ideally live and work in the market they wish to develop.

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About The Habit Restaurants, Inc.

Born in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast-casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, cooked-to-order chargrilled burgers and handcrafted sandwiches featuring grilled tenderloin steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh handcrafted salads and an appealing selection of sides and shakes. The Habit Burger Grill was named the "best tasting burger in America" in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America's leading consumer magazines, named in Thrillist’s list of “Underrated Burger Chains that Need to be in Every State!” and featured in Newsweek’s “America’s Favorite Restaurant Chains 2022.” The Habit Burger Grill has since grown to over 325 restaurants in 14 states throughout Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and Washington as well as 13 international locations, seven in China and six in Cambodia. More information is available at

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