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Your favorite fast-food menu items have been slowly rising in price

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From the value meals and dollar menus, fast-food restaurants know how to do it fast and cheap. However, over the past decade, prices have been slowly going up.

Datassential, a research company studying restaurant menu trends, found median fast-food hamburger prices have jumped by 54 percent.   

At McDonald’s, a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese meal will cost you almost $7. At Burger King, the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger meal is almost $9. 

So, what’s behind the hike in prices?  Well, if you're a fan of places like Chipotle and Five Guys, that's why.

A burger and fries at a Five Guys will cost you around $10. Casual restaurants like Five Guys have become so popular that fast-food joints like Burger King and McDonald’s realize consumers are willing to pay a few bucks more for food.  

Additionally, fast-food workers are finally getting paid a bit more, so in order to offset that cost, chains are charging more for food.

But despite the rise in prices, the chains still offer a quick meal and serve up great deals throughout the year.