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23 Culver’s Copycat Recipes

Every region has a favorite fast food chain. In the Midwest, it's Culver's. We found spot-on copycat recipes from the beloved restaurant—including butter burgers and custard—that you can make right at home.

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Inspired By: Butterburger “The Original”Taste of Home

Inspired By: Butterburger “The Original”

It’s no secret that Wisconsinites love their dairy—so much that they sometimes top their burgers with a generous pat of butter. My recipe is a lot like the butter burgers you’ll find in popular restaurants all over the state. —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio

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Inspired By: Vanilla CustardTaste of Home

Inspired By: Vanilla Custard

I think my most memorable summertime dessert for get-togethers has always been homemade ice cream. This recipe is so rich and creamy and the perfect indulgence on a hot summer afternoon. —Martha Self, Montgomery, Texas

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Inspired By: Wisconsin Cheese CurdsTaste of Home

Inspired By: Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Cheese curds or cubes dipped in flour and beer, then fried, need only a good supply of crinkly toothpicks to turn them into a vanishing act. —Katie Rose, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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Inspired By: North Atlantic Cod DinnerTaste of Home

Inspired By: North Atlantic Cod Dinner

Dine as though you're in a traditional British pub. These moist fish fillets from the oven have a fuss-free coating that's healthy but just as crunchy and golden as the deep-fried kind. Simply seasoned and baked, the crispy fries are perfect on the side. —Janice Mitchell, Aurora, Colorado

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Inspired By: Grilled Chicken SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired By: Grilled Chicken Sandwich

I created this chicken sandwich recipe based on a meal my daughter ordered at a restaurant. She likes to dip her sandwich in the extra honey-mustard sauce. —Marilyn Moberg, Papillion, Nebraska

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Inspired By: Chicken Noodle Soup

Inspired By: Chicken Noodle Soup

My first Wisconsin winter was so cold, all I wanted to eat was homemade chicken noodle soup. Of all the chicken noodle soup recipes out there, this type of soup is my favorite and is in heavy rotation from November to April. It has many incredibly devoted fans.—Gina Nistico, Denver, Colorado

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Inspired By: Georgia Peach Flavor of the DayTaste of Home

Inspired By: Georgia Peach Flavor of the Day

My state is well known for growing good peaches. This delicious recipe has been a family favorite for more than 50 years. —Marguerite Ethridge, Americus, Georgia

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Inspired By: Beef Pot Roast SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired By: Beef Pot Roast Sandwich

I received this recipe when I was a newlywed, and it's been a favorite since then. The saucy steak barbecue makes a quick meal served on sliced buns or even over rice, potatoes or buttered noodles. —Lee Deneau, Lansing, Michigan

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Inspired By: Buffalo Chicken TendersTaste of Home

Inspired By: Buffalo Chicken Tenders

These crunch-coated chicken tenders are a little sweet, a little tangy and a whole lot of fun. In half an hour, your family's new favorite dish is ready to eat. When I have extra time, I roast garlic and add it to the sauce. —Andreann Geise, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Inspired By: Banana SplitTaste of Home

Inspired By: Banana Split

Here's a mouthwatering make-ahead dessert that looks scrumptious...and tastes as good as it looks!—Mrs. Elmer Thorsheim, Radcliffe, Iowa

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Inspired By: Mashed Potatoes & GravyTaste of Home

Inspired By: Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

It's a cinch to jazz up instant mashed potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese, then cook and serve them from a slow cooker. For a special touch, sprinkle this creamy mashed potatoes recipe with chopped fresh chives, canned french-fried onions or fresh grated Parmesan cheese. —Donna Bardocz, Howell, Michigan

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Inspired By: Grilled Reuben MeltTaste of Home

Inspired By: Grilled Reuben Melt

New Yorkers say my Reubens taste like those served in the famous delis there. For a little less kick, you can leave out the horseradish. —Patricia Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

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Inspired By: Red Raspberry Flavor of the DayTaste of Home

Inspired By: Red Raspberry Flavor of the Day

Making homemade ice cream is fun for the whole family, and the fresh raspberry flavor of this treat makes it a perfect summer activity. Kids can shake the bags until the liquid changes to ice cream and then enjoy the reward! —Erin Hoffman, Canby, Minnesota

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Inspired By: Stuffed Green Pepper SoupTaste of Home

Inspired By: Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onions are the mainstays of my garden. Being the oldest of seven children, I acquired a knack for cooking from my mom. — Joseph Kendra, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

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Inspired By: Cheddar Butterburger with BaconTaste of Home

Inspired By: Cheddar Butterburger with Bacon

Where can you get a juicy bacon burger that is so superior to drive-thru fare? Right in you backyard with this delicious cheeseburger recipe. —Jackie Burns, Silverdale, Washington

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Inspired By: Mint Chip ShakeTaste of Home

Inspired By: Mint Chip Shake

Save a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies for this creamy milkshake that's fun for kids and adults, too. —Shauna Sever, San Francisco, California

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Inspired By: Garden Fresco with Grilled Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired By: Garden Fresco with Grilled Chicken Salad

If you love the flavors of the Southwest - cumin, chili powder, a little cayenne heat - this versatile recipe for grilled chicken with fresh red and green peppers gives you something more. Discover a spicy dressing that keeps well in the refrigerator, for those days when you're running late and just want a salad, or an unexpected picnic pops up. —Therese Anderson, Pine City, Minnesota

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Inspired By: North Atlantic Cod Fish Filet SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired By: North Atlantic Cod Fish Filet Sandwich

The seasoned breading of this hearty sandwich turns mild-flavored cod or halibut into a taste sensation, and the creamy sauce just keeps it going! —Mildred Caruso, Brighton, Tennessee

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Inspired By: Cole SlawTaste of Home

Inspired By: Cole Slaw

For me, this is the best coleslaw recipe because a package of shredded cabbage and carrots really cuts down on prep time. This creamy coleslaw recipe is great for potlucks or to serve to your family on a busy weeknight. —Renee Endress, Galva, Illinois

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Inspired By: Fudge Pecan SundaeTaste of Home

Inspired By: Fudge Pecan Sundae

For big chocolate taste, I treat my family to this thick ice cream topping. It's a snap to make the fudgy sauce, and we like it better than the store-bought kind. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Inspired By: Original Chicken TendersTaste of Home

Inspired By: Original Chicken Tenders

I love the flavor profile of everything bagels, so I re-created it with traditional breaded chicken fingers. Serve them with your favorite chicken finger dip. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida

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Inspired By: Potato with Bacon Soup

Inspired By: Potato with Bacon Soup

One of the ladies in our church quilting group brought this savory potato soup to a meeting, and everyone loved how the cream cheese and bacon made it so rich. It's easy to assemble in the morning so it can simmer on its own all day. —Anna Mayer, Fort Branch, Indiana

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Inspired By: Strawberry ShakeTaste of Home

Inspired By: Strawberry Shake

Cool off with a thick and rich treat that will remind you of a malt shoppe! Nothing can beat this strawberry shake recipe. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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