Tired of ordering the same old chow from Panera Bread? Well I got some good news for ya. I went out and found 12 Panera secret menu items that will really spice up your next on-the-go breakfast or lunch. Most Panera employees can whip these up for you on the fly, but in case they can’t, I’ve included the ingredients as best I could. Enjoy.
1. Power Steak Lettuce Wraps
These steak lettuce wraps sound yummy but a little messy if you’re not careful.
You’ll get a bowl with leaves of romaine lettuce, sirloin steak, basil, tomato, onion, basil, and a lemon wedge.
You then use the lettuce and attempt to build your own wraps without making a mess.
These are a great secret menu meal for those on a low carb diet.
2. Power Breakfast Egg Bowl w/ Steak
The Power Breakfast Egg Bowl w/ Steak is a great meal for those looking for high protein and low carbs.
Order it and you’ll get 2 poached eggs, sliced sirloin steak, tomatoes, and avocado.
Great meal to start your day and will surely fill you up until lunchtime.
3. Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Think of this one like a cobb salad with a yummy twist.
Order the Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad and you’ll get a salad with romaine lettuce, spinach, bacon, chicken, tomatoes, onions, hard boiled eggs, and sliced red onions.
The default dressing is lemon juice and olive oil which comes on the side.
4. The “Chili-Mac”
According to Emma, a Panera employee, the Chili-Mac is a fav with employees at her location in the winter.
Apparently chili often makes it in the restaurant as a soup, so when you see it just have the employee mix it half-and-half with their famous mac n’ chasse and ENJOY the amazing combination.
5. Feta Mac & Cheese
Also from Emma, ask for Feta cheese to be mixed into the gooey goodness of the regular Panera mac & cheese for a nice little surprise.
I Emma employee might have a mac n’ cheese addiction…if I wasn’t happily married I just might look her up.
6. BBQ Avocado Flatbread
For a vegetarian secret menu idea try the BBQ Avocado Flatbread.
Just order the BBQ Chicken Flatbread but have them replace the chicken with smeared avocado.
Thanks to Emma for this one too!
7. Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Salad
This one sounds right up my alley as I LOVE Greek olives in my salad.
Order it and you’ll get spinach, lettuce, roasted turkey breast, red onion, tomatoes, and olives with a splash of lemon juice and olive oil.
Tip: Have them also add some Feta cheese and “take it to 100”.
8. Power Chicken Hummus Bowl
I recently discovered smoked bell pepper hummus and absolutely LOVE it it with crackers.
It’s my current go-to snack so this one really intrigued me and it sounds delicious.
Try the Power Chicken Hummus bowl from the Panera secret menu as a tasty way to spice up your next salad.
It’s comprised of chicken (of course), hummus, spinach, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, lemon, and cilantro.
9. Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl w/ Turkey
This Panera “secret” concoction is basically a breakfast “protein salad” of sorts.
It comes with sliced roasted turkey breast, lightly fried egg whites, spinach, roasted peppers, topped with basil pesto.
It weighs-in at less than 200 calories but offers a whopping 25 grams of protein to help fuel you throughout the day.
10. Garlic Herb Spread
Only hardened regulars at Panera know that you can order a side of garlic herb spread.
Then according to Emma try dipping a baguette in it or try it on a sandwich or mix it in with your pasta.
11. The Sierra Turkey
Not all Panera employees are aware of the Sierra Turkey.
But if they are versed in this creation you’re in for a mouth watering treat.
Order it and you’ll get a roasted turkey sandwich on “asiago focaccia bread with our chipotle mayonnaise, red onions & smoked chicken & a couple other delicious ingredients.”
12. Avocado on Anything
If you love avocado you’re now officially aware that you can add avocado on anything.
Sometimes they’ll charge you extra for the avocado and sometimes they’ll add it at no extra charge, kinda depends on the item.
Ask the Reader: Do you know of any Panera Bread secret menu items that I missed? Let me know in the comments and I’ll happily give the item a try.
By Kyle James
Photo credit to Mike Mozart.