Copy Cat Arby’s Beef N’ Cheddar

Get your favorite fast food sandwich fix without ever leaving the house. A Copy Cat Arby’s Beef N’ Cheddar tastes just like the original, but it’s ready in a flash with ingredients already in your kitchen.

Copy Cat Arby's Beef N' Cheddar shown on parchment paper with baskets of curly fries and ketchup for dipping

One of my favorite fast food sandwiches is the Arby’s Beef ‘N Cheddar.

Mmm, with it’s roast beef smothered in a magical golden cheese sauce, and buns topped with tangy Arby’s sauce.

It’s a thing of beauty.

The problem is that is physically pains me to pay for fast food when I can make something of equal or greater quality and taste at home.

My husband, a die-hard Arby’s flavor fanatic, agreed this sandwich is an Arby’s clone.

Copy Cat Arby's Beef N' Cheddar shown on parchment paper with baskets of curly fries and ketchup for dipping

I have a confession to make…I haven’t been completely honest with you.

These don’t taste like the Arby’s beef & cheddar sandwiches we all know and love.

These taste better!!

It’s the same great flavor you love, but without any of the old greasy taste.

Also, if you don’t feel like mixing up your own Arby’s sauce, you can sub Catalina dressing.

I have it on good authority that that’s actually the secret, much coveted loved, Arby’s sauce.

Copy Cat Arby's Beef N' Cheddar shown on parchment paper with baskets of curly fries and ketchup for dipping

Pony on up to the table, because this Copy Cat Arby’s Beef N’ Cheddar sandwich is where the party is at.

Fluffy onion buns are spread with a robust house sauce, piled high with thinly sliced roast beef, and dripping with an addicting cheese sauce.

It is the most spot-on copycat of one of our favorite restaurant sandwiches.

You don’t have to get dressed up. Shoot, you don’t even have to put on pants if you don’t want to.

Enjoy your favorite, meaty, cheesy fast food sandwich at home- in a snap.

Copy Cat Arby's Beef N' Cheddar with a bite removed, sitting on parchment paper, with baskets of fries in the background

Warm slices of thin roast beef are piled high on fluffy onion buns that have been slathered with Arby’s sauce.

Topped with a rich cheddar chees sauce, these Copy Cat Arby’s Beef N’ Cheddar sandwiches are a hearty sandwich that’s a guaranteed copy cat.

Have one, have two, make them and share with the family- these bad boys are filling & finger lickin’ good.

Enjoy them by themselves or with a simple side salad for a tasty meal whenever the mood strikes.

For a more genuine feel, or a total cheat meal, serve them with Arby’s curly fries on the side.

Grab a bag from the frozen food section next time you’re grocery shopping for just this reason!

Need to round this meal out with a tasty sweet treat? Whip up a batch of Chick-Fil-A’s frosted lemonade or Tropical Smoothie’s blimey limey smoothie.


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Copy Cat Arby's Beef N' Cheddar

This sandwich is a true copy cat of it's restaurant counter-part, featuring fluffy onion buns piled high with roast beef, slathered in a signature sauce and dripping with golden cheese.
3.82 from 169 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 405kcal


  • 4 onion buns
  • 1 lb thinly sliced, deli roast beef
  • 5 slices American cheese
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • ground black pepper, to taste

For The Arby's Signature Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • pinch of salt


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the meat and place a lid over the top, and then turn the heat to medium low.
  • Meanwhile, stir together the Arby's sauce ingredients and spread on the buns.
  •  In a pot on the stove on medium-low heat, add cheese, milk, garlic powder, and pepper and stir until completely melted and evenly combined.
  • Place the meat on the buns, add the cheese sauce, and a little more Arby's sauce (if desired). Top the sandwiches off with their other half.
  • Serve immediately, with curly fries, for an authentic in-home Arby's experience.


recipe adapted from Oh Sweet Basil


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 2602mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 759mg | Iron: 4mg



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Pictures updated 3/12/17

51 thoughts on “Copy Cat Arby’s Beef N’ Cheddar

  1. 5 stars
    I wish I could post a picture because it came out looking so mouth watering. With all of the reviews about the “red sauce” I was certain this was going to be mediocre, but I think it came out much better than the actual Arby’s beef and cheddar. The only modification I implemented was adding fried onions on top of the cheese to finish the sandwich for a nice balance of texture with all of the soft meat and sauce. I felt the fried onions added crunch and a burst of flavor that made it next level awesome! The biggest perk is that it takes no time to make and most households have all the ingredients outside of the meat and buns…

    1. Thanks, Jimmy for taking the time to leave your in depth feed back after actually making & trying our copy cat recipe. Love the idea of a crispy fried onion crunch!

      1. I also was a manager at arbys for a few years and you can get the exact same thing as their “red ranch” if you buy marzettis honey French dressing, they normally keep it with the pre made bags of salad mixes….

  2. 5 stars
    Oh Heavens I am so thankful to have this recipe! Made it just as written and LOVED IT? It definitely is better than Arby’s which is great because the last Arby’s I had was pretty bad! I might try the recommendation by the poster who suggested Fritos Brand cheese sauce just for fun. Thanks so much for posting as I will be using your recipe exclusively from now on. You can be very proud of your creation!

  3. I’m totally confused why would you use American Cheese on a Beef n Cheddar sandwich? I can’t believe everyone was so focused on being right about the sauce…and not one person pointed out that American Cheese tastes nothing like Cheddar. I found a recipe to melt block cheddar with milk and flour to make a creamy cheese sauce. However it didn’t give the amount of each so I just played it by ear and it came out great!
    I can’t stand American cheese and don’t see how that’s even close to a Beef and Cheddar.

    I actually get the sandwich with sauce already on it and add the Arby’s sauce I’ve always done that so I had no clue they were different sauces…

    I’m not trying to start a fight or be difficult I just don’t get it! 😉

  4. 5 stars
    Made thus myself only thing I switched was i used canned cheese sauce. Now I eat Arby’s everyday without breaking the bank. Awesome recipe 👍👍

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