Arby's Copycat Beef and Cheddar Sliders

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
I am not big on fast food but this copycat Arby's Beef and Cheddar is a favorite of mine.

These sandwiches have thinly sliced deli beef just like the restaurant quality but featured on slider buns piled high with roast beef, slathered in that red delightful signature sweet barbecue-style sauce, and dripping with loads of melted cheddar cheese on top.

I love making the smaller size sliders, they're perfect for any party or family gathering and I can't tell you how many times I heard wow these taste better than the Arby's Beef N Cheddar ones.

Seriously don't take my word for it, make them and see for yourself all the compliments you're going to get!

Perfect little cheesy bundles for game day events or any party gathering, picnics, or these are even a great appetizer besides the best copycat recipe you'll ever make!

The best part about these, they're super simple and they bake in the oven for 30 minutes for an all-in-one pan meal!

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these are a copycat of Arby's Roast Beef and Cheddar sandwich with melted cheese in slider buns

this is a plate sandwiches piled high with roast beef and melted sharp cheddar cheese

Fun Food

I love all kinds of appetizer fun foods like this, especially when they are easy-to-make sandwiches.

The time these take to make is virtually a 30-minute semi-homemade meal!

I have also used my homemade recipes for an easy barbecue sauce if you want to try mine, it's here homemade barbecue sauce.

these are beef n cheddar arby copycat sandwiches

Sliders Buns

Sliders are a smaller version size hamburger bun.

These can be made in a larger bun size, I just prefer to use the smaller ones for one reason, these are very messy to eat!

If you make the regular-size bun remember to double the recipe ingredients.

The juices that are outstandingly delicious will ooze out so beware when taking that fabulous first bite!

this is pan of arby sliders beef n cheese going in the oven to melt the cheese

Pans To Use

  • The baking sheets should be deep enough to ensure none of the sauce overflows.
  • You can also use a 13 x 9 casserole dish and it's ok they are crowded together.
  • I recommend at least 1 inch deep and parchment paper-lined for easy cleanup and removal after these are cooked.

these are 12 slider buns filled with roast deli beef and sharp cheddar cheese with barbecue sauce

Ingredients on How to Make Arby's Copycat Beef and Cheddar Sliders

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  • slider buns
  • thinly sliced deli roast beef
  • barbecue sauce
  • granulated garlic powder
  • slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • prepared mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • poppy seeds or onion flakes (the original uses onion-topped buns)

this is roast beef sliced thin in a bowl with barbecue sauce

Tools You Will Need:

  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Small saucepan
  • Tongs
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

this is thinly sliced beef tossed in barbecue sauce


  • Use any kind of slider buns regular or sweet ( you can also double the recipe using full-sized buns making eight instead of 12 sliders
  • For authentic copycat beef and cheddar, Arby's flavor uses onion flakes
  • Watch the time on baking not to over-crisp the tops of the rolls
  • Use a sweet or hot barbecue sauce to your own taste
  • Add more cheese if you're a big cheese fan
  • Get your napkins ready for the delicious dripping sauce on your chin!

this is butter and sugar making a sauce to pour over the sandwiches

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My Suggestions That I Used For Arby's Copycat Beef and Cheddar Sliders

(here are the ingredients I prefer to use)

  • the original Beef N Cheddar has an onion bun which I give that option, I am not a fan and always ordered mine with a seeded bun, we tried the poppy seeds and loved this version, and our new favorite
  • for a more authentic taste, use the onion flakes in place of the poppy seeds
  • add whatever kind of cheese you like, I love the heartier stronger sharp cheddar cheeses, even Havarti cheese is delicious on this sandwich but some folks love Velvetta and that's milder and melts great also
  • the beef I usually get is thinly sliced Boars Head but if you want another kind, feel free to use your favorite sliced deli roast beef whatever you like
  • some folks like the sweeter bread roll like Hawaiin Style, but I am not a big fan of those however do from time to time use brioche rolls
  • I used a Pepperidge Farm sliders bun for our recipe in this post
For the barbecue sauce I use my own version or any store-bought kinds are fine my first pick would be Sweet Baby Rays.
Hope that helps, would love to hear your suggestions or adaptions in the comment box.
Enjoy this delicious copycat sandwich!


Arby's Copycat Beef and Cheddar Sliders

Yield: 12
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 28 MTotal time: 38 M
If you're an Arby's roast beef and cheddar lover, you will go crazy over these easy copycat sliders. They come together quickly using barbecue sauce and deli-sliced beef with a delicious buttery sweet sauce poured over the top and baked to perfection.


  • 12 slider buns (or use an onion-topped bun)
  • 12 thinly sliced deli roast beef
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 12 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds or dried onion flakes
  • Baking Sheet at least 1 inch deep
  • Parchment Paper


How to cook Arby's Copycat Beef and Cheddar Sliders

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl add the barbecue sauce with beef and mixed together evenly on each piece ( I used tongs) Set aside.
  3. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet to fit all 12 buns.
  4. Open each bun.
  5. Lay a piece of cheddar cheese on the bottom of each bun.
  6. Next top each piece of cheese with the slice of the deli roast beef in barbecue sauce.
  7. Place the top of the bun on the beef.
  8. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with brown sugar, mustard, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and poppy seeds ( or if you prefer the onion bun, add the onion flakes) stirring together.
  9. Bring this mixture to a boil and pour evenly over the sandwiches.
  10. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the tops are brown and the cheese is melted.
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  1. Have never had arbys, and I am not a fan at all of all the fast food. But homemade one is different. These look so good!

  2. Arby's used to be sooo good and I remember these sliders from way back. Yours look 100% better and more delicious than theirs. I love how easy these are to whip up and they make a great Friday night dinner with the fam.

  3. Your sliders look delicious Claudia but I never make them preferring to just eat a regular sized sandwich rather than 2-3 sliders.

  4. Well, I've never eaten at Arbys but I do LOVE all of your recipes. So we love anything you suggest. Your recipes are easy to follow and turn out perfectly each time. And are so delicious. So thank you for this new lunch time favorite!

  5. We are featuring your awesome post at Full Plate Thursday this week! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and we sure hope you have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  6. These look absolutely mouthwatering, Claudia! What a delicious sandwich..perfect for weekend gatherings and game day events!

  7. Your Beef and Cheddar Sliders look amazing, I can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and hope to see you again soon at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen


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