How To Make Roast Beef Like Arbys

How to Make Fast Food at Home

Im not going to lie. Being able to demystify fast food in my own kitchen makes me happy in a way. My recent attempt to make Arby’s Sauce served as the inspiration for the copycat recipe for Roast Beef Sandwich from Arby’s. But I’ve also written about Panda Express Chow Mein and How to Make a Fast Food Burger before.

Ingredients In Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich

Here’s what you need to make these copycat sandwiches:

How To Make Roast Beef Like Arbys

The recipe card below has a full list of ingredients and amounts.

  • Homemade Arby’s Sauce: All you have to do to make the sauce that comes in those little packets is whisk it up in a bowl using a carefully measured mixture of ketchup, vinegar, mayo, sugar, and spices!
  • Roast Beef: The best option for making this sandwich imitation is thinly sliced deli roast beef, which is comparable to what Arby’s serves. If purchasing the pre-packaged beef is more convenient, you can also obtain this from the deli counter. For four sandwiches, get a pound of roast beef.
  • The secret to warming the beef without drying it out is to use beef broth. We’ll put the beef and broth on the stove to simmer for a very short time.
  • Onion Rolls: A soft roll with onions atop is served with an Arby’s Beef and Cheddar. Seek out sandwich rolls with onions, or substitute your preferred soft rolls.
  • Cheese Sauce: Since making cheese sauce from scratch is so simple, we won’t be purchasing it premade. All you need is butter, flour, milk, sharp cheddar cheese, and a small pinch of salt.

Ask the person selling you the roast beef at the deli counter to “shave,” or slice it as thinly as they can!

Arby’s Roast Beef Copycat Ingredients

It goes without saying that roast beef and hamburger buns are the two ingredients needed for this Arby’s Roast Beef imitation recipe. But the kind of roast beef you choose will have a significant impact. Go straight to the refrigerated meat section instead of the deli counter. You are looking for pre-packaged ultra thinly sliced roast beef. I discovered that two brands that offered extremely thin roast beef that tasted fairly similar to the traditional Arby’s roast beef were Hillshire Farm and Land O Frost. Dont bother with the Buddig brand. Not only is it oddly pink in color, but it tastes nothing like Arby’s. or beef. or meat.

I bought a couple Arby’s sandwiches to compare, and before I ate, I weighed the beef. Each sandwich has exactly 2. Two ounces of meat (UPDATE: Readers who work at Arby’s have informed me that I should have received three ounces of meat), but feel free to add more if you’d like a larger sandwich.

Sesame seed hamburger buns are the ideal substitute for an Arby’s roast beef sandwich. I discovered that Pepperidge Farm even carried one with an Arby’s-style wavy top. However, in reality, any sesame seed bun should suffice.