Denver, Colo. / No. of units: 93
Denver-based Smashburger operates and develops corporate, joint venture and franchise stores across the country. Touting "better burgers" made with 100-percent Certified Angus Beef, it aims to be every city’s favorite place for burgers. Toward that end, the company has sold franchise and joint venture agreements that will bring the total to more than 400 over the next five years. Additionally, the company planned to target South Korea in 2011.