French Fry Franchise Alternatives That Are Hot Buys

Thinking about buying a French fry franchise? Increase your investment potential by considering a business with a broader menu and learn what options may be more lucrative.

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love French fries? The perfect accompaniment to burgers, sandwiches, and even pizza. Hand-cut, curly, waffle, loaded — the options are seemingly endless. And while there are French fry franchises out there, they might not make the best investment due to their limited offering.

Thinking about buying a French fry franchise? Increase your investment potential by considering a business with a broader menu and learn what options may be more lucrative. We’ve given you a head start by listing overview information about other opportunities below.

Arby’s FranchisingDel Taco FranchisingWayback Burgers Franchising

Arby’s Franchising Del Taco Franchising Wayback Burgers Franchising
Franchise Fee
Franchise Fee $6,250 – $50,000 $35,000 $35,000
Investment Range
Investment Range $628,950 – $2,306,000 $862,700 – $2,368,000 $209,000 – $638,000
Net Worth Requirement
Net Worth Requirement $1 million $2 million $350,000
Cash Requirement
Cash Requirement $500,000 $500,000 $200,000
Royalty Fee
Royalty Fee 4% 5% 5%
Ad Fee
Ad Fee 4.2% 4% 4%


Founded in 1964, Arby’s began franchising only a year later. As one of the largest fast-food and sandwich chains in the country, Arby’s has 3,561 locations in the U.S., Canada, and internationally. And French fry enthusiasts need not worry – the brand was ranked No. 1 for having the best fast-food fries, according to Thrillist.

In addition to French fries, Arby’s restaurants also offer a wide variety of menu items such as chicken nuggets, tenders, and sandwiches, along with roast beef sandwiches and gyros. The brand also has a full menu of sides, including fries, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeno bites, and desserts like cookies, shakes, and turnovers.

The investment costs to open an Arby’s range between $628,950 and $2,306,000, including a franchise fee that also ranges between $6,250 and $50,000. Potential candidates should have a net worth of $1 million and at least $500,000 in liquid assets. Franchisees can expect to pay a 4% royalty fee and a 4.2% ad fee.



Founded the same year as Arby’s, Del Taco has been franchising since 1976. An unlikely purveyor of French fries, the brand’s parent company is actually Jack In the Box Inc. After more than four decades of franchising, Del Taco has 600 locations across 16 states.

Serving a menu of mostly Mexican-inspired food, Del Taco does offer burgers and fries in addition to nachos, quesadillas, burritos, tacos, salads, and tortas. The brand also serves crispy chicken tacos and burritos and also features a full breakfast menu.

To own a Del Taco, franchise candidates need a net worth of $2 million and $500,000 in liquid cash. Total investment costs range between $862,700 and $2,368,000, which includes the brand’s franchise fee of $35,000. Once open and operating, Del Taco franchisees pay a 5% royalty fee and a 4% ad fee.



Having been founded in 1991, Wayback Burgers has over 30 years of proven success. Wayback Burgers began franchising in 2006 and now has 170+ locations worldwide, showing that the brand is growing domestically and internationally. In fact, there are more than 500 additional locations currently in development. And while our brand may track a bit smaller than Arby’s or Del Taco, bigger doesn’t always mean better. With a smaller system, franchisees are able to have more one-on-one training and support from headquarters.

With a streamlined menu of burgers, sandwiches, fries, and shakes, Wayback Burgers sticks to what we do best. We also offer a build-your-own hot dog option and a full menu of sides including tater tots (original and Cajun), mac and cheese bites, and onion rings.

Coming in as the most affordable option amongst the French fry franchise alternatives, Wayback Burgers franchise requires candidates to have a net worth of $350,000 and at least $200,000 in liquid cash. The initial investment costs to open a Wayback location range between $209,000 and $638,000. This, of course, includes the brand’s $35,000 franchise fee. We also require franchisees to pay a 5% royalty fee and a 4% ad fee.


Get Started with The Wayback Way

At Wayback Burgers, we specialize in uncomplicated, delicious food. And that philosophy transcends into our business model. Our brand focuses on blending old-fashioned values like hard work, exceptional service, and exemplary franchisee support with today’s technological advancements to provide a winning customer experience – making us one of the top burger franchise opportunities.

Wayback Burgers is the way forward. To learn more about our franchise opportunity, fill out this form, and one of our representatives will be in touch.