Top proteins in sandwiches
Chicken tops the list as the most popular type of protein featured in sandwiches on Canadian menus. Chicken is a versatile protein that can be prepared in a range of ways, varying not only its flavour and texture but also its level of healthfulness. By offering a choice of grilled or fried chicken in a sandwich, operators can appeal to both health-conscious and indulgent diners. Additionally, as ethnic ingredients and cuisines increase in popularity, chicken serves as an ideal protein to complement these flavours. For example, Badass Jack’s Subs & Wraps Co. features a Singapore Chicken West Coast Wrap, a wheat tortilla filled with roasted chicken, bean sprouts, carrots, egg noodles, spicy chile sauce, lettuce, onions and peppers.
Next on the list, bacon appears in 337 sandwiches on Canadian menus tracked by MenuMonitor. Bacon is a great flavour and texture enhancer that can be featured in addition to another protein. The crunchiness of bacon complements the textures of cheese and eggs on the Egg, Cheese & Bacon Breakfast Sandwich at Coffee Culture Café & Eatery. Bacon is also substantial and flavourful enough to stand alone in a sandwich like a traditional BLT. Country Style offers a Double Decker BLT featuring two layers of Canadian bacon strips, lettuce and tomato on marble rye.
Beef, appearing on 95 sandwiches, is often featured in traditional sandwich varieties such as a beef dip, Philly cheesesteak sandwich or rib sandwich. Sandwiches with beef as an ingredient provide diners with a more filling meal than sandwiches featuring lighter proteins such as turkey or salmon. Montana’s Cookhouse, for instance, offers a hefty Texas BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich with a ½ pound of slow-smoked beef brisket smothered in barbecue sauce.
About the author
Kristin Menas is an Assistant Editor at Technomic Inc. in Chicago. She is responsible for writing content for the company’s Canada-focused newsletters and reports, as well as contributing editorial content for Technomic’s Digital Resource Library, a searchable online database that features industry data and news briefs on the Top 250 chains and leading multiconcept operators in Canada. She also tracks trends within the convenience store sector and analyzes U.S. restaurant marketing strategies. Menas earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University.