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Copycat Arby’s beef and cheddar sandwich is way better than the drive-thru

I didn’t visit an Arby’s until I was teenager. There just weren’t any where I grew up. We had enough McDonald’s and Wendy’s for the entire state, but no Arby’s.

I can still remember walking into the fast-food joint and being way too excited over a simple thing like curly fries. They just seemed so awesome compared to the normal fries every other place sold. What I didn’t expect to love as much as I did was the roast beef sandwich oozing with cheddar sauce.

It’s been years since I’ve had that sandwich, but an Arby’s ad online made me think about it again, and as the craving overwhelmed me, I realized it’s probably the simplest thing ever to re-create at home. Some deli sliced roasted beef, cheddar, milk and ketchup are pretty much all you need, and you’ll be indulging in no time.

Arby's Roast Beef Cheddar Sandwich

Copycat Arby’s beef and cheddar sandwich recipe

The classic Arby’s sandwich can easily be made at home with just a few simple ingredients for that fast-food taste when you don’t want to leave your house.

Serves 1

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 1 minute | Total time: 11 minutes


  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced roast beef
  • 2 ounces yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 split bun (or onion roll if you want to really mimic the original)


  1. In a small bowl, melt the cheese and milk, stirring until melted. If you can’t get it smooth by stirring, then place it in a food processor, and process for 10 seconds until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, water, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and spread it on the inside of the bun.
  3. Warm the roast beef by placing it in a skillet over medium heat for 1 minute. Pile the roast beef onto the bottom of the bun.
  4. Spoon the cheese sauce on top of the roast beef, and place the other half of the bun on top.
  5. Serve with fries and more sauce for dipping.

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