Top Sandwich Proteins

Chicken is the most popular type of protein on entree sandwiches on Canadian menus, according to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database. This versatile protein can easily adapt to a wide variety of flavours, including ethnic preparations. Chicken can also be prepared many ways, including grilled, fried, smoked and roasted.trends

Coming in at No. 2 on the list, bacon is listed 671 times on Canadian menus. Oftentimes, bacon is added to a sandwich in addition to other proteins, such as beef, chicken or turkey. Recently, operators have been spotlighting a variety of bacon preparations beyond smoked on menus, such as peppered, candied and flavoured. Interesting bacon applications can help differentiate a menu.burger-bacon-snack-fast-food-47320-large

Turkey is another popular meat option on sandwiches. This lean protein is frequently featured in traditional club sandwiches. However, we are also observing a growing interest in nontraditional turkey preparations, such as turkey tacos, Asian-inspired turkey and specialty turkey burgers. In fact, turkey mentions are up 7.8% in sandwiches in the latest year-over-year period.


Kristin Menas is the Associate Editor, Canada & Adult Beverage at Technomic Inc. in Chicago. She is responsible for writing, editing and analyzing foodservice-related content with a focus on the Canadian market. Technomic provides foodservice clients with the facts, insights and consulting support they need to enhance their business. Its services include publications and digital products, as well as proprietary studies and ongoing research on all aspects of the food industry. For more information, visit

  • john finely

    Great info! can someone tell me how much protein is in a chicken shawarma of .