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20 Restaurant Sandwich Copycat Recipes

Save gas and cash by making your favorite restaurant sandwiches at home. From Chick-fil-A's creamy chicken salad sandwich to Potbelly's hearty meatball sub, here's your guide to our best copycat recipes.

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Inspired by: Meatball Sandwich at PotbellyTaste of Home

Inspired by: Meatball Sandwich at Potbelly

This is one of those recipes you always come back to. A flavorful tomato sauce and mildly spiced meatballs make a hearty sandwich filling, or they can be served over pasta. I broil the meatballs first to quickly brown them. —Jean Glacken, Elkton, Maryland

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Inspired by: Buffalo Chicken Ranch Sandwich at Chili'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: Buffalo Chicken Ranch Sandwich at Chili's

My family loves Buffalo chicken wings but the frying makes them unhealthy. This takes out some of the fat but lets us enjoy the great taste of Buffalo chicken. —Terri McKenzie, Wilmington, Ohio

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Inspired by: Chicken Salad Sandwich at Chick-fil-A

Inspired by: Chicken Salad Sandwich at Chick-fil-A

This recipe is incredibly easy to make, and your family will love it. The sweet pickle relish gives it its signature taste. I like to use a thick, crusty oat bread for this sandwich. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Inspired By: Cheeseburger at McDonald's

A crispy coating mix is the secret ingredient that dresses up these baked hamburgers. You bake them in the oven instead of grilling or frying. I like to use a sweet and spicy steak sauce for the best flavor. —Mike Goldman, Arden Hills, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Cuban Sandwich at The Cheesecake FactoryTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cuban Sandwich at The Cheesecake Factory

Loaded with tangy flavor, this is a lighter version of a favorite restaurant-style sandwich. If you don’t have a panini maker, tuck the sandwiches under the broiler until the bread is browned and the cheese melted. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island

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Inspired by: Chipotle Turkey Sub at Quizno'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chipotle Turkey Sub at Quizno's

We’re crazy for BLTs. A nearby roadside stand carries gorgeous tomatoes every summer. We load up, then stuff our sandwiches with the usual suspects, plus smoked turkey and cheese. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West Virginia

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Inspired by: Roast Beef Sandwich at Roy Rogers

Inspired by: Roast Beef Sandwich at Roy Rogers

Mushrooms add a different touch to these comforting roast beef sandwiches. I like to pile the shredded beef high on Kaiser rolls.—Scott Powell, Phillipsburg, New Jersey

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Inspired by: Bacon Turkey Bravo at PaneraTaste of Home

Inspired by: Bacon Turkey Bravo at Panera

My family thinks this sandwich is pure heaven thanks to the cranberry-pecan mayo. It's so good that they ask me to make it all year long. —Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona

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Inspired by: Philly Cheese Steak at Charley's Philly Steaks

Inspired by: Philly Cheese Steak at Charley's Philly Steaks

This ultimate Philly cheesesteak recipe is a best-seller at Pat's King of Steaks Restaurant. Patrons praise its thinly cut beef and crusty Italian rolls. —Frank Olivieri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Hickory Pulled Pork Sandwich at Buffalo Wild WingsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hickory Pulled Pork Sandwich at Buffalo Wild Wings

I like to share this dish at potlucks because it can be made ahead, which I especially appreciate during the busy holiday season. The sweet-and-spicy sauce is always a hit.—Martha Anne Carpenter, Mesa, Arizona

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Inspired by: Tandoori Chicken Sandwich at CosiTaste of Home

Inspired by: Tandoori Chicken Sandwich at Cosi

The tandoori-style spices in this chicken give it a bold flavor that’s so hard to resist. It tastes incredible tucked between pieces of naan, then grilled to make Indian-inspired panini. —Yasmin Arif, Manassas, Virginia

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Inspired by: Bacon Swiss Crispy Chicken Filet Sandwich Tandoori Chicken Sandwich at Carl's JrTaste of Home

Inspired by: Bacon Swiss Crispy Chicken Filet Sandwich Tandoori Chicken Sandwich at Carl's Jr

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 French Dip Sandwich at Schlotsky'sTaste of Home

Inspired by French Dip Sandwich at Schlotsky's

For a sandwich with more pizzazz than the traditional French dip, give this recipe a try. The seasonings give the broth a wonderful flavor, and the meat cooks up tender and juicy. This slow-cooked version will soon be a favorite at your house, too. —Margaret McNeil, Germantown, Tennessee

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Inspired by BBQ Chicken Sandwich at Texas RoadhouseTaste of Home

Inspired by BBQ Chicken Sandwich at Texas Roadhouse

Brining the meat overnight helps make these BBQ chicken sliders taste exceptionally good. Plus, they're so tender, they melt in your mouth. —Rachel Kunkel, Schell City, Missouri

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Inspired by: Chicken Fajita Rollup at Applebee'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chicken Fajita Rollup at Applebee's

For a weekend lunch with company, we grill chicken and peppers to stuff inside pita pockets. The dressing doubles as a grilling sauce and a sandwich spread. —Clara Coulson Minney, Washington Court House, Ohio

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Inspired by: Grilled Reuben Melt at Culver'sTaste of Home

Inspired by: Grilled Reuben Melt at Culver's

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: Jr. Burger at SonicTaste of Home

Inspired by: Jr. Burger at Sonic

For an easy weeknight dinner, try these juicy burgers. A dollop of chili sauce on top makes them extra flavorful. —Ron Treadaway, Acworth, Georgia

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Inspired by: Rotisserie Turkey Breast Sandwich at Boston MarketTaste of Home

Inspired by: Rotisserie Turkey Breast Sandwich at Boston Market

Who says sandwiches have to be boring? Here, a special cream cheese and ranch dressing spread adds zest to the hearty turkey, cheese and vegetables. Get set to slice up second helpings! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Oldtimer with Cheese at Chili's

Go on a burger road trip in your own backyard. Grill the patties and load them sky-high. Peanut butter and bacon make them Southern style; coleslaw and tomatoes, a Northern version. —Susan Mahaney, New Hartford, New York

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Inspired By: Artisan Bacon Egg Sandwich at Wendy'sTaste of Home

Inspired By: Artisan Bacon Egg Sandwich at Wendy's

I came across this unique grilled combo when I was digging in my mom's recipe box. The crisp bacon, hard-boiled eggs and crunchy green onions make these cozy sandwiches look impressive when company drops by for lunch. Best of all, they're a snap to assemble. —Ann Fuemmeler, Glasgow, Missouri

Kristine Hansen
A former editor of a regional home and garden magazine, where she edited the entertaining section, Kristine writes for national travel, design and food outlets about culinary trends. Her book on Wisconsin cheese serves as a love letter to her adopted state of Wisconsin and she loves to travel in search of regional cultural foods.

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