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Burger King franchise financing options
Compare costs, fees and where to get financing for a Burger King.
Estimated initial costs
Our cost estimates are accurate as of 2022 from Franchise Direct and include opening fees and expenses only. The location you choose for your Burger King franchise may result in higher or lower fees.
Franchise feesBurger King franchise fees total around $32,500, which beats out the $37,000 average for the 200 largest franchises nationwide.
|Franchise fee||$15,000 to $50,000|
|Royalty||4.5% of monthly gross sales.|
|Estimated total||$15,000 to $50,000|
Equipment feesEquipment fees total $516,600 for Burger King. This costs more than the $180,023 average for the top 200 franchises.
|Equipment||$84,600 to $294,600|
|Decor package||$0 to $95,000|
|Signage and drive-through||$3,000 to $166,000|
|Cash and inventory control system||$35,000 to $110,000|
|Two-story interior playground||N/A to $245,000|
|Estimated total||$122,600 to $910,600|
Real estate feesReal estate will set you back $1,165,500 for Burger King, which is more expensive than the average of $788,376 for the top 200 franchises.
|Real property and occupancy charge||$90,000 to $850,000|
|Civil and architectural drawings and professional fees||$20,000 to $60,000|
|Zoning expenses||$1,000 to $25,000|
|Improvements and construction||$25,000 to $1,200,000|
|Landscaping||N/A to $60,000|
|Estimated total||$136,000 to $2,195,000|
Inventory costsInitial inventory for Burger King shakes out to $7,250. This is less than the nationwide average of $53,119.
|Opening inventory||$2,500 to $12,000|
|Estimated total||$2,500 to $12,000|
Licenses and permits costsBurger King initial licenses and permits will set you back $18,000. This comes out to less than $18,770 — the overall nationwide average.
|Licenses and permits||Cost|
|Business licenses, utility deposits, lease deposits and payments||$6,000 to $30,000|
|Estimated total||$6,000 to $30,000|
Insurance costsInitial insurance costs for Burger King run $16,500. This means you'll be paying more than the overall nationwide average of $6,311.
|Insurance||$8,000 to $25,000|
|Estimated total||$8,000 to $25,000|
Personnel costsUniforms, name tags and the like make up personnel costs, and for Burger King it will run you $44,500. The nationwide average cost of personnel fees comes in at $22,818, which means you'll be paying more than average to outfit your employees.
|Pre-opening wages||$28,000 to $61,000|
|Estimated total||$28,000 to $61,000|
Other expensesMiscellaneous expenses for Burger King total $52,500 — less than the nationwide average of $69,970.
|Working capital and additional funds||$15,000 to $90,000|
|Estimated total||$15,000 to $90,000|
How to financeSince the estimated total for Burger King is on the more costly side, we recommend following these steps to get fully financed:
- Go to the Burger King franchising website and review its financial requirements, including cash-on-hand requirements.
- Reach out to Burger King about in-house financing for franchisees.
- If in-house financing isn't available, look for online loans, bank loans and SBA loans to help meet the $1,853,350 estimated opening costs.
- Compare lenders based on amounts, interest rates and what types of personal and business credit history they accept.
- Once you settle on a lender, gather all required documents, including account statements and assets.
- Apply for financing online or in person as required by the lender.
What types of financing is available?You have several options when it comes to financing a Burger King — even if the cost is on the heavier side. What assets you have available will largely determine how much you need to borrow, and which option suits you best.
- Online loan. A number of online business lenders offer amounts up to $1 million, with some extending up to $5 million.
- Bank loan. Your personal credit will typically need to at least be good — 670 or higher — when it comes to getting a bank loan large enough to cover a significant portion of Burger King opening costs.
- SBA loan. While your personal credit score doesn't need to be as good to qualify for an SBA loan, they usually cost more than standard term loans from banks or online lenders.
Compare small business lendersYou may not need financing to cover the estimated $333,100. But if you need funds for other business ventures, select the loan amount, your time in business and revenue and your personal credit score to compare a selection of lenders.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
How Burger King stacks upCompare how Burger King holds up against two similarly sized franchises.
|KFC||Burger King||Pizza Hut|
|Average Franchise fees||$5,400||$32,500||$25,000|
|Average Equipment fees||NA||$516,600||$260,000|
|Average Real estate fees||$750,000||$1,165,500||$882,500|
|Average Training fees||$8,500||NA||$750|
|Average Inventory fees||NA||$7,250||$6,000|
|Average Marketing fees||NA||NA||$8,250|
|Average Licenses and permits fees||NA||$18,000||NA|
|Average Insurance fees||$8,650||$16,500||NA|
|Average Admin fees||NA||NA||NA|
|Average Personnel fees||NA||$44,500||NA|
|Average Other fees||$70,000||$52,500||$29,250|
Bottom lineBurger King franchise costs run a total of $1,853,350. Before you decide to become a franchisee, compare the total costs against industry averages. And to learn more about financing read our guide to franchise financing.
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