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

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

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

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



4.25 from 4 votes
Copy Cat Arby's Beef N' Cheddar
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
8 mins

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.

Servings: 4
  • 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
  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the meat and place a lid over the top, and then turn the heat to medium low.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together the Arby's sauce ingredients and spread on the buns.
  3.  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.
  4. 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.

  5. Serve immediately, with curly fries, for an authentic in-home Arby's experience.

Recipe Notes

recipe adapted from Oh Sweet Basil

Have you tried making your own fast food favorites at home? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Pictures updated 3/12/17

4 Sons 'R' Us: Copy-Cat Arby's Beef N Cheddar


4 Sons 'R' Us: Copy-Cat Arby's Beef N Cheddar

24 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.

  2. 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. 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. 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.

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