McDonald'sYou can visit a small town in North America or a bustling metropolis in China, and you can eat at McDonald’s in both. McDonald’s may be the world’s biggest hamburger chain, but it rose from humble beginnings. The McDonald brothers opened their first restaurant in 1940.  When Ray Kroc purchased rights to franchise a restaurant from the brothers in 1955 the chain truly began. His aggressive business practices helped the chain grow from a few California restaurants to a worldwide phenomenon. The first McDonald’s drive through opened in 1975 to serve soldiers who couldn’t leave their cars to eat.

As of 2011 there are 31,000 McDonald’s restaurants around the world and the chain employs over 1.5 million people. Locations in 119 different countries serve an average of 58 million customers per day.  McDonald’s was recently surpassed in size by Subway, it remains the world’s biggest hamburger focused fast food chain. The chain offers a wide variety of burgers ranging from the simple hamburger topped with mustard and ketchup to the iconic Big Mac, featuring two patties and a center bun. The Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and the Big N’ Tasty offer more meat for big eaters, while the Angus beef burger line focuses on premium toppings like grilled mushrooms and Swiss cheese. The McDouble is the chain’s value offering with two beef patties, a single slice of cheese and a retail price of one dollar.McDonald's Big Mac

Billions of people around the world have eaten at McDonald’s, and millions choose it every day for lunch or dinner.  This company truly brought hamburgers into the global culinary spotlight and revolutionized the way Americans eat on the go.McDonald’s has stayed on top of the hamburger game by adapting their menu to fit local customs in different countries and by adding healthier choices as consumers grow more concerned about their waistlines.