Copycat Fast Food Recipes
April 18, 2022
6 min. read
Picture your favorite fast food meal. Is it a burger? Fried chicken? A roast beef sandwich? What side dish do you like to order with it? Why is it your favorite? Do you like the toppings that come with the sandwich? The signature sauce that you dip it in? Or maybe it’s just the convenience of having a full meal prepared for you on-demand.
Now, what if we told you that you could recreate some of your most favorite fast food meals in the comfort of your own kitchen? Many home chefs, bloggers, and social media cooks have taken to the internet to share their best approximations for making iconic fast food meals at home, like this example from The Buttered Gnocchi.
And now, we’re bringing to you three of our own fast food copycat recipes. The best part? Each one is prepared on Martin’s Potato Rolls! (And that alone is truly an upgrade, right?)
Keep scrolling to get all three recipes: a Beef ‘N Cheddar Sandwich, Mini Chicken Breakfast Sandwiches, and a Double Bacon Burger!
Copycat #1: Signature Beef N Cheddar Sandwich
Beef and cheese: two very simple ingredients that, when prepared correctly, can result in some seriously delicious meals (i.e. cheeseburgers, enchiladas, etc.) Though some beef recipes can get complicated, the meat in this sandwich is prepared simply by warming sliced deli roast beef in the oven! That means your favorite fast food cravings can be satisfied in just a few steps.
For this copycat sandwich, we started by breaking down each iconic ingredient that we’d need in order to replicate the fast food experience: melty cheese sauce, hot, layered, thin-sliced roast beef, and a smear of signature sauce.
Follow our recommended directions below!
What You’ll Need
- Martin’s Big Marty’s Rolls
- Deli Roast Beef
- American Cheese
- Garlic Powder
- Ground Black Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Curly Fries (optional, for serving)
- Aluminum Foil
- Small Bowl
- Small Pot
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. On a sheet of aluminum foil, place the roast beef in the center of the foil. Fold up all four sides to completely enclose the beef. Bake for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the signature sauce ingredients and spread on the bottom buns. In a pot on the stove over medium-low heat, add cheese, milk, garlic powder, and pepper, and stir until completely melted and evenly combined.
Remove the roast beef from oven and carefully (we recommend using tongs because the beef will be hot!) layer it evenly on Big Marty’s Rolls. Add cheese sauce and more signature sauce. Close the buns and serve immediately with a side of curly fries for the full fast food experience.
Full Recipe: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/classic-beef-n-cheddar-sandwich/
Copycat #2: Mini Chicken Breakfast Sandwiches
These mini chicken sandwiches have gained popularity in recent years, as they so deliciously answer the question asked by many: “Can you eat chicken for breakfast?” Yes, you certainly can. But when you aren’t ready to get out of bed (or it’s Sunday), and you want to recreate this dish at home, a little creative cooking and Martin’s Party Potato Rolls are a fitting substitute.
For this copycat, the trick is to perfectly execute that iconic, crispy-crunchy, flavor-packed chicken. We started with a quick pickle brine then moved into a dredge process that included buttermilk, milk powder, powdered sugar (you heard that right), cayenne, paprika, and a few other elements. Then, it is finished with a fry in peanut oil to achieve that perfect crunch. And, of course, we tucked them inside honey-butter-glazed Martin’s Party Rolls for a touch of breakfast-y sweetness.
Check out our detailed directions below!
What You’ll Need
- Martin’s Party Potato Rolls
- Dill Pickle Juice
- Granulated Sugar
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Whole Buttermilk
- Cayenne Pepper
- All-Purpose Flour
- Powdered Sugar
- Powdered Milk
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Peanut Oil
- Salted Butter
- Medium Bowl
- Shallow Dish
- Dutch Oven
- Paper Towel-Lined Plate
- Baking Pan
- Basting Brush
Start by stirring the pickle juice and granulated sugar together in a medium bowl until the sugar dissolves. Add the chicken breast pieces; cover and chill for 30 minutes. Remove from the brine, and pat dry. Whisk together buttermilk, cayenne, and egg in a shallow dish. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, powdered sugar, powdered milk, salt, pepper, paprika, baking powder, and baking soda in a second shallow dish.
Dredge the brined chicken pieces in the flour mixture to coat, then shake off excess. Toss the chicken in the egg mixture to coat, and then back into the flour mixture to dredge again. Press the flour mixture to adhere to the chicken. Chill for 15 minutes. Heat oil to 325°F in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully add the chicken pieces to the hot oil in 3 batches, turning often to ensure even browning. Cook until cooked through, about 5 minutes (or until internal temperature reaches 165). Let drain on a plate lined with a paper towel. Break apart 24 Party Rolls into individual rolls. Then pull each roll in half, leaving a “hinge” on one side. Place the open rolls into a baking pan. Add one chicken piece to each Party Roll and close. Stir together the melted butter and honey. Brush the tops of the rolls with honey butter. Bake for 5 minutes or until the rolls are warm but not browned. Serve warm with optional hash browns.
Full Recipe: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/mini-chicken-breakfast-sandwiches/
Copycat #3: Double Bacon Cheeseburger aka “Fake-onator”
We couldn’t close out this fast food copycat series without a burger! We chose a bacon-stuffed double cheeseburger that’s simple to make but delicious to devour. We recommend enjoying this masterpiece alongside some fresh-cut or extra crispy breaded fries.
In order to truly feel as though you are experiencing this iconic square-patty fast food burger, it is key to shape the burger patties accordingly using parchment paper, a rolling pin, and a knife. Plus, you can’t forget the melty American cheese and quintessential crispy bacon.
Find out how we copied these elements below!
What You’ll Need
- Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls
- Ground Chuck
- American Cheese
- Baking Sheet with Wire Rack
- Cutting Board or Wax Paper
- Rolling Pin
To start, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the bacon on a baking sheet with a wire rack. Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Place the beef on a cutting board or piece of wax paper. Cover with wax paper and roll the beef into a sheet about ½-inch thick using a rolling pin. Gently cut 8 patties from the rolled-out beef. Place the patties on a grill or in a grill pan over medium-high heat. Season the burgers with salt. When the grill side of the burger is browned, flip and cook the other side. This should take about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from heat.
Spread butter on the inside of each Sandwich Roll. Toast the buns on the grill or grill pan until lightly browned. To assemble the burger, place in the following order: burger patty, a slice of cheese, bacon slices, burger patty, and another slice of cheese. Top with more bacon, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Close the bun and serve immediately with optional French fries.
Full Recipe: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/double-bacon-burger/
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