This copycat recipe for an Arby’s roast beef sandwich will win you over if you enjoy the beef and cheddar from that restaurant. It’s simple to make, with a quick homemade Arby’s sauce, smooth cheddar cheese, and tender deli-sliced beef.
Prepare some seasoned curly fries, then prepare to relax in the comfort of your own home with a mouthwatering homemade Arby’s roast beef sandwich.
I’ll demonstrate to you how to create a copycat recipe that is flavorful, fresh, and made with ingredients you can feel good about consuming.
Some of my most well-liked fast food copycat recipes include Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets and McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes, but you’ll also find recipes from Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, and Panera Bread.
How to Make Fast Food at Home
Im not going to lie. I feel a certain sense of accomplishment when I successfully debunk fast food in my home kitchen. My failed attempt to make Arbys Sauce the other day served as the inspiration for the copycat Arbys Roast Beef Sandwich recipe. But I’ve also previously tackled Panda Express Chow Mein and How to Make a Fast Food Burger.
Arby’s Roast Beef Copycat Ingredients
It is no secret that roast beef and hamburger buns are required for this Arby’s Roast Beef copycat recipe. But the kind of roast beef you choose will make a significant difference. Go to the section with the chilled meat instead of the deli counter. You are looking for pre-packaged ultra thinly sliced roast beef. I discovered that Hillshire Farm and Land O Frost were two companies that offered ultra-thin roast beef with flavors that were somewhat similar to the traditional Arby’s roast beef. Dont bother with the Buddig brand. Along with being an odd shade of pink, it doesn’t taste like Arby’s. or beef. or meat.
I bought two sandwiches from Arby’s to compare and weighed the beef before eating. Each sandwich has exactly 2. 2 ounces of meat are recommended, but feel free to add more if you want a larger sandwich (UPDATE: Readers who work at Arby’s have informed me that I should have received 3 ounces of meat).
A sesame seed hamburger bun works best to replicate an Arbys Roast Beef Sandwich. Like Arbys, I discovered Pepperidge Farm even sold one with a wavy top. However, in reality, any sesame seed bun should suffice.
How to Make Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich
You can’t just throw everything together and call it a day once you have the right ingredients. The taste and texture will be completely off. The authentic Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich is uniformly warm and tender; therefore, your sandwich must have a similar texture.
Similar to what is done in the fast food restaurant, the roast beef needs to be heated. Using your microwave or a skillet on the stovetop would be the obvious options for doing this in your kitchen. However, because the beef cooks unevenly in the microwave and quickly becomes rubbery, you shouldn’t take the chance of searing or crisping the beef in a hot fry pan. Instead, warm a few inches of water in a saucepan, then submerge the roast beef slices for about 10 seconds. The meat will be completely cooked through while remaining incredibly tender.
The sandwich can be put together, the buns lightly toasted, and then microwaved for 11 seconds. This warms the bun and changes the texture of the sandwich to exactly match what you would anticipate being served in a fast food restaurant.
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How to Make Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich
- ▢ 1 hamburger bun with sesame seeds
- 3 ounces of roast beef that has been very thinly sliced (Hillshire Farms or Land O Frost are both good choices).
- Heat 2 inches of water in a saucepan until it almost boils. Heat separate skillet on a different burner over medium-high heat.
- Remove hamburger bun from skillet after lightly toasting the interior until it begins to brown.
- To prevent the slices of roast beef from sticking together, separate them and quickly submerge them in hot water until they are thoroughly heated. Approximately 10 seconds.
- Put the warmed beef on the bun and assemble your sandwich by giving it 11 seconds on high in the microwave.
- Serve at your leisure.
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DIY Arbys Roast Beef Copycat Recipe
What is the secret to Arby’s roast beef?
Arby’s roast beef comes packaged in a bag. To keep it fresh, the hot, flavorful roast beef is delivered to the franchise unsliced in an airtight bag. Mashed claims that since I was employed there, the procedure has changed; at the franchise, the roast beef is now cooked in the bag rather than being pre-cooked.
Why does Arby’s roast beef taste different?
According to Arby’s, their beef is coated with pepper, garlic, onion powder, and other spices. Arby’s roast beef is made with flavorful spices. Through the lengthy roasting process, all those seasonings penetrate the meat’s tissue deeply and infuse flavor.
What are the ingredients in Arby’s roast beef?
What temperature does Arby’s cook their roast beef?
2 hours time. The heating unit should then be set to 150°F and the beef kept above 140°F. The food cannot be served until the entire roast beef has been reheated to at least 165°F for more than 15 seconds if the temperature is ever recorded below 140°F after reheating.