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.
3.88 from 150 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

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

      1. Can u all please tell me where 2 buy good tasting deli roast beef 2 make these? Maybe I’m just picky, but I can’t find any I really enjoy

        1. Do you have a Kroger nearby? That’s where I go. I either get their brand or Boars Head. I also like to get medium so that it doesn’t overcook and turn dry when we make these.

    1. It melts well and more evenly than cheddar. Let me know if you try it with slices of cheddar though, and how it turns out.

  1. I used to work at Arby’s years ago. The red sauce is actually called Red Ranch. Catalina or French dressing are both good substitutes. Arby’s sauce is completely different. It’s more of a tangy BBQ sauce where as the Red Ranch is much sweeter. On a side note, I like to ask for extra Red Ranch and dip my curly fries in it. If you want to get your fry fix and keep it homemade you can get Arby’s brand curly fries at the grocery store.

    1. I agree with Queenie. I too worked at Arby’s and the Beef and Cheddar sandwich has Catalina sauce not the Arby’s sauce.

  2. 4 stars
    I made these for dinner a couple nights ago. I found a different recipe for the sauce that called for Apple cider vinegar, a few drops Tabasco, and brown sugar. Those ingredients gave it more flavor. I was disappointed in the cheese for this, it wasn’t a cheese sauce like I was expecting, I will use a different recipe for the cheese next time. I would also toast the buns, I added a horseradish sauce that was amazing!

    1. I’m glad you adapted it to your liking, Crissy! I’ll have to give your version of their sauce a try, and we love them with horseradish sauce.

  3. I have a version of this. I use Catalina on the bottom bun for the red ranch. I boil my deli roast beef for a couple minutes to warm it up and make it softer. I use Frito lay dipping nacho cheese, found in the chip aisle. And for the Arby’s sauce, I mix ketchup, A1 steak sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and brown sugar. Tastes almost identical 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    You know what I did. I over cooked the roast beef and got it nice and dried out and the bun was actually kind of stale and forgot to put the cheese sauce on and it was actually exactly like my last order at Arby’s so yeah this is really good. Just kidding I actually made this exactly how your recipe was quoted and it was delicious.

  5. 4 stars
    Have to agree with the post above. I also worked at Arby’s. It’s red ranch and nothing like what your using. Your using Todd Wilber’s recipe for Arby’s sauce he published years ago. A close approximation is the Catalina dressing or the Honey French.

  6. 5 stars
    My husband suggested I find a recipe for these, since we had some leftover roast beef from a sub party. We both love beef and cheddar sandwiches, so I thought it was a great idea too. It was!! We just finished eating these and are already looking forward to making them again in the future. Delicious!!

    Thank you!!

  7. The actual Arby’s Beef And Cheddar’s do not use the Arby’s signature sauce. They use a sauce called Red Ranch Sauce. I have searched for that sauce recipes for a long time and have had no luck. The 2 sauces taste vastly different. I don’t even really like the signature sauce. But I love the other Red Ranch Sauce.

    1. So everyone keeps telling us, lol. We think this tastes spot on though, so I’m still gonna stick with this version when I can’t have the real deal 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    I am the greatest fan of the beef and cheddar. Arbys changed the way the beef and cheddar was made in 1986 and has taken away the process which enriched its flavor. The onion buns were basted in salted butter and sent through a slide toaster. The buns were also a light brioche style onion bun and was switched to a heavier eggflower bun. (I worked there when they changed it) I Your recipe is spot on for the recipe otherwise! Good job!

  9. I am a fan of Arby’s. The sauce on the Beef and Cheddar is more of a Catalina salad dressing. It is not their Arby Sauce which is a BBQ sauce.

  10. Fantastic Recipe
    Going through the comments and seeing so many repeats of the same declaration was a head shaker lol, However, your recipe AS IS is fantastic! Thank you! 😀 My husband and 5 kids were thrilled! I also like your recipe because it could be very versatile with the ingredients that everyone has in the pantries & fridges. 😀

  11. Just made this for my family, and even my super picky husband loved it! Said it’s very close to the original. Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I agree with the above comment, so many repeat ex employees that know the recipes stating the obvious over and over, gracious alive, if you already know everything why are you looking for a COPYCAT recipe??? Anyway, bless em Lord. This will definitely be made for lunch tomorrow after church. I’m wondering if that Campbell’s Cheese Soup would work? It is thick and creamy pure cheddar cheese and tastes amazing, we mix it with a can of rotel and have salsa and chips.
    Again, many thanks for the recipe!!

    1. I’m no stranger to cream of soups. I think if you use the cheese soup, it will be thinner because it thins as it cooks and doesn’t congeal quite like the real thing. That being said, if you whisk a bit of cream into it I think it would still be a delicious substitute. Also, thanks for the support!!

    2. 3 stars
      You answered your own question. If someone is looking for a COPYCAT, THIS is not it. Period.

      I never worked at Arby’s, I made this recipe and while it was pretty good, it was nothing like the real Arby’s Beef n Cheddar. It was still yummy but I will be taking other’s advice to duplicate the actual sauce that is on the REAL Beef n Cheddar and get some Catalina.

    3. Most likely because though the author has been told many times over that the Beef ‘n’ Cheddar is made with red ranch and not Arby’s sauce, there has been no correction in the post, which says they are the same thing.
      They ARE vastly different sauces – a BBQ v. a French, so which is this supposed to be? Knowing the difference between sauces doesn’t mean you know how to make them. I have been looking everywhere for copycat red ranch recipe to no avail!

    4. 3 stars
      I made these for dinner tonight. The kids really liked them but I must say I really didnt care for the cheese sause at all. It didnt have the right flavor nor the consistency of the melty cheese I like with my arby’s. Definitely needs cheddar. Also found a different recipe for the sauce that was much more of a Arby’s like sauce and less ketchup flavor. I discovered that the roast beef need only a few moments heating in the skillet or it gets tough. So over all I will make again but with some modifications. Thanks for the recipe

  13. 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….

  14. 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!

  15. 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! 😉

  16. 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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