The Worst Fast-Food Sandwiches in America

Will Kreznick

In the fast-food world, the word “sandwich” can mean many things. For some restaurants, it’s how they refer to their beloved burgers. For others, it’s the term tossed around for a piece of chicken that is perfectly dressed between two slices of bread. And then there’s the idea of, you […]

In the fast-food world, the word “sandwich” can mean many things. For some restaurants, it’s how they refer to their beloved burgers. For others, it’s the term tossed around for a piece of chicken that is perfectly dressed between two slices of bread. And then there’s the idea of, you know, a more typical sandwich loaded up with deli meats, cheese, and condiments galore. But no matter what type of sandwich you’re in the mood for, there is something important to know: some fast-food sandwiches are nothing but trouble.

What makes them so bad? Well, they’re shockingly high calorie and are overloaded in sodium, fat, and even sugar. Not so delicious after all.

So when your fast-food craving just can’t be ignored anymore and you find yourself heading toward the drive-thru, just be sure you don’t order and of the worst fast-food sandwiches. Instead, stock up on any of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

Courtesy of Arby’s

Per sandwich: 810 calories, 34 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 2,420 mg sodium, 79 g carbs (5 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 45 g protein

The classic turkey sandwich gets an overly dramatic makeover at Arby’s! This sandwich is overly stuffed with turkey, peppercorn ranch sauce, cheddar cheese, and thick-cut pepper bacon. It’s one of the most highly caloric options at the fast-food chain, and it has more sodium than the average person should have in one say. Yes, you read that right! The American Heart Association recommends most adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams per day, and well, this one sandwich blows that limit out of the water.

sonic breakfast toaster
Courtesy of Sonic

Per sandwich: 720 calories, 43 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,530 mg sodium, 52 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 29 g protein

It is ideal to start your day off with a protein-packed breakfast, but this Sonic sandwich isn’t the move. Coming in at more than 700 calories and containing 43 grams of fat, just say no to this option and perhaps try to make your own egg sandwich yourself.

Subway chicken bacon ranch sub
Courtesy of Subway

Per footlong sandwich: 1,070 calories, 52 g fat (19 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 2,190 mg sodium, 81 g carbs (6 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 72 g protein

This Subway sandwich is oozing with melted Monterey cheddar and is topped with crispy bacon, but we would argue it’s not worth the more than 1,000 calories it’s packing.

wendys spicy pretzel bacon pub chicken sandwich
Courtesy of Wendy’s

Per sandwich: 840 calories, 42 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 1,790 mg sodium, 71 g carbs (5 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 42 g protein

Wendy’s really took things up a notch with the introduction of the pretzel pub sandwiches. Here, a chicken breast is marinated and breaded in a fiery blend of peppers and spices and is topped with warm beer cheese sauce, Applewood smoked bacon, smoky honey mustard, crispy fried onions, pickles, and a slice of muenster cheese. That’s a whole lot going on, so it shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise that it’s 840 calories and has as much sodium as 157 Lay’s potato chips.

blimpie the blimp sandwich
Courtesy of Blimpie

Per sandwich: 1,610 calories, 94 g fat (22 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 5,390 mg sodium, 120 g carbs (5 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 76 g protein

Oh, Blimpie. This sandwich really is a heart-stopper. It’s a giant mashup of turkey, roast beef, prosciuttini, salami, pepperoni, provolone, sweet peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onion, mayo, vinegar, oil, and oregano. The fact that it contains nearly two and a half days’ worth of sodium is just scary.

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popeyes fried chicken sandwich
Courtesy of Popeyes

Per sandwich: 700 calories, 42 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat), 1,473 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7.5 g sugar), 28 g protein

We know, Popeyes’ Spicy Chicken is beloved. But it’s the sandwich with the most calories out of all the options on the menu. Sad.

dunkin double sausage bagel sandwich
Dunkin’/Facebook

Per sandwich: 900 calories, 54 g fat (19 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,980 mg sodium, 70 g carbs (5 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 33 g protein

You would think choosing a breakfast sandwich over a donut at Dunkin’ would be a better choice, right? Well, that’s not the case when it comes to the Double Sausage Sandwich. It’s coming in at 900 calories and has nearly 2,000 milligrams of sodium. Skip!

burger king chicken sandwich
Courtesy of Burger King

Per sandwich: 1,052 calories, (13 g saturated fat, g trans fat), 955 mg sodium, 74 g carbs (4 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 33 g protein

Burger King went ahead and stepped up their chicken sandwich game in 2021. The chicken is said to be crispy-on-the-outside and juicy-on-the-inside, all while being served on a potato bun with Burger King’s savory signature sauce and deli pickle slices. Sounds delicious, but it’s simply over-the-top.

Chick fil a hashbrown scramble burrito
Courtesy of Chick-fil-A

Per sandwich: 700 calories, 40 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 1,750 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 34 g protein

OK, so we know this is a burrito and not a typical sandwich. But the fact that this breakfast burrito has more calories than any of the chicken sandwiches offered at Chick-fil-A is reason enough for it to be included on this list. This morning meal is loaded up with Chick-fil-A Nuggets, crispy Hash Browns, scrambled eggs, and a blend of cheeses.

Raising canes chicken sandwich
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers/Facebook

Per sandwich: 780 calories, 39 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,470 mg sodium, 66 g carbs (5 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 48 g protein

Raising Cane’s chicken sandwich seems like it would be harmless enough, but don’t be fooled. One bite and you’re feasting on three chicken fingers, Cane’s sauce, and lettuce on a Kaiser roll. Together, this makes for a sandwich that is 780 calories. Yikes.

arbys half pound
Courtesy of Arby’s

Per half-pound sandwich: 740 calories, 39 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 2,530 milligrams of sodium, 48 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar) 49 g protein

Arby’s makes yet another appearance, thanks to the Beef ‘N Cheddar sandwich. The fact that you can still place an order at a fast-food restaurant and end up consuming this much heart-disease-promoting trans fat is just not OK.

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