Study: Texans prefer chicken over burgers when it comes to fast food

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A new study shows that chicken could be emerging as the most popular protein in Texas.

The price tracking website Pricelisto analyzed Google data from the U.S. to figure out the most popular fast-food restaurants over the last 12 months in all 50 states.

It may come as a surprise that two of the top three fast-food restaurants searched in Texas specialize in chicken:

  • Wingstop
  • Whataburger
  • Chick-fil-a

The second restaurant on the list certainly has a regional reputation beyond reproach where hamburgers and fries are concerned, but Whataburger also has its fair share of chicken-based items on the menu, including sandwiches and strips.

“Fast food has become a staple of many Americans daily lives. Over a quarter of American adults eat fast food daily and therefore there is such a huge number of fast-food branches spread across the states. With the QSR (quick service restaurant) industry being worth over $250 billion in America, it’s easy to understand why corporations are so eager to take advantage of Americans’ love of fast food. However, the vast array of cuisine available means that Americans have a fantastic choice of dining experiences to enjoy, and not all are the typical unhealthy stereotypes that come to mind when you hear fast food. Everything is okay in moderation and a balanced lifestyle can be achieved while still enjoying these popular cuisines,” said a spokesperson for Pricelisto.

About the top selections in Texas:

Wingstop is an American multinational chain of restaurants with an aviation theme that focuses on chicken wings. While burgers and boneless chicken are also on the menu, the numerous wing flavors available are the calling card. With more than 1,500 stores across the U.S., the formula appears to be working.

San Antonio-based Whataburger is a regional fast-food chain found primarily in Texas, with a limited number of locations in several other states in the southwestern, midwestern and southeastern U.S. Whataburger claims a unique burger that is made to order with 100% pure beef that is never frozen – and they do have chicken items.

Chick-fil-A specializes in chicken sandwiches, and with over 2,700 branches and raking in over $16 billion per year, it’s one of the most popular fast-food chains in America. Due to its state-wide recognition, Chick-fil-A finds itself as the third-most Googled fast-food restaurant in Texas.