It’s no secret that Americans love their fast food. In fact, we love all of our chain restaurants, whether they’re regional or national. Can you really blame us? We have some pretty kickin’ food. Just take McDonald’s, which has traveled across the world and garnered new fans in 101 different countries. It may not be good for you, but it sure is delicious.
That being said, eating out is expensive. Spending $50 a week — about the average for Americans — adds up to $2,500 every year. So how can you get your favorite restaurant recipes without spending that much money? You make them yourself, of course.
The good news is that in the age of the internet, it’s not as hard to learn as you might think. There are entire blogs dedicated to crafting “copycat” recipes of our favorite restaurant meals, from fast food all the way to fine dining. Whether leaked recipes or just imitations, they’re the next best thing to the dishes we know and love.
So, if you have the fast food bug or trying to save some money, grab a whisk and look through these recipes from all your favorite restaurants.
1. Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Butter
These unbelievable rolls taste just like the ones you’ll find at Texas Roadhouse: buttery and intensely sweet with a touch of cinnamon. Just be careful — they’re not light on the calories.
2. Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp
If you’re a fan of Panda Express, you’ll love being able to make honey walnut shrimp in your own kitchen. After tasting this home version, you’ll understand why Panda Express has such a dedicated fan base.
3. Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme
Craving one of the most popular items on the Taco Bell menu? You can make it at home and skip the drive-thru wait. Sure, Taco Bell is cheap, but this delicious DIY version is even more inexpensive.
4. Olive Garden Breadsticks
Have you been known to fill up on Olive Garden breadsticks before your entree even arrives? Now you can make them at home and have as many as you want. We won’t judge you.
5. Bojangles Bo-Berry Biscuits
Not everyone is lucky enough to know about Bojangles or its delectable Bo-Berry Biscuits. The chain only exists in certain parts of the country, particularly in the southeastern United States. But you don’t have to find a Bojangles location to become hooked.
6. Olive Garden Minestrone Soup
Olive Garden Minestrone Soup has been a favorite of Italian lovers for years. You could spend a bundle on an expensive Italian dinner — or you could make all your favorites at home.
7. Chipotle Pork Carnitas
Craving the pork carnitas from Chipotle but don’t have the time or money to head out to eat? Make this easy version at home. You’ll also have a bit more control over portion sizes!
8. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha
You don’t have to spend money and wait in line for a delicious Starbucks white chocolate mocha. You can make it for a fraction of the price at home — no more paying $8 for coffee.
9. Panera Tomato Soup
Panera is the home of pastries, baguettes, and soup like its signature tomato soup. The good news is, you can make this creamy concoction right at home. For even more authenticity, buy or make a bread bowl to go with it.
10. Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger
Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger is a testament to what happens when you combine great ideas. Can’t decide if you want a burger or a quesadilla? You don’t have to choose.
11. IKEA Swedish Meatballs
IKEA might not technically be a restaurant, but the furniture giant is known for its amazing Swedish meatballs. This recipe combines them with meatball gravy, which sounds so good that you’ll be licking your bowl clean.
12. Wendy’s Frosty
Who doesn’t love a Wendy’s Frosty? The good news is they’re super easy to make and they only require a couple of ingredients.
P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef is a spicy, flavorful meat-and-rice dish with a dedicated fanbase. If you love Asian cuisine but don’t have a P.F. Chang’s location in your neighborhood, you can make this at home.
15. McDonald’s Egg McMuffins
You can get your favorite fast food breakfast in no time at all — and for fewer calories with this homemade Egg McMuffin recipe. Sure, it won’t save you much money, but it can be on the unlimited breakfast menu.
16. Starbucks Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Hankering for that perfect Starbucks chocolate chunk cookie? The coffee giant’s pastries are pretty tasty, but they sure as heck aren’t cheap. Thankfully, you can save money by making these deliciously rich cookies at home.
17. Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich
You can get your hands on that Chick-Fil-A sandwich even on Sunday with this Chick-Fil-A sandwich recipe. In spite of its reputation for stirring controversy, Chick-Fil-A maintains a big fanbase.
Cracker Barrel has earned the reputation of being a road trip restaurant. So, you probably don’t often get your hands on its delicious broccoli cheddar chicken casserole. This rich, satisfying dish is perfect for a potluck or weekend dinner.
19. Red Lobster Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
Red Lobster’s cheesy garlic biscuits have become something of a legend. Even though you know you’re about to eat a big seafood dinner, it’s almost impossible to resist these flaky, cheesy biscuits.
20. Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup
This creamy soup is a favorite of many Panera’s customers. You can enjoy it at home and choose your own sides (how about chips, an apple, AND a baguette?).
21. Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade
Chicken sandwiches aren’t the only things we miss on Sundays. There’s also great signature beverages like the Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade. It might be special, but it’s super easy to make in your own kitchen.
22. Chili’s Baby Back Ribs
Michael Scott isn’t the only one who loves Chili’s Baby Back Ribs. You can either load everyone up in the car and drive to Chili’s or you can make these scrumptious ribs at home.
23. Arby’s Signature Sauce
You don’t need to hit the drive-thru to get a taste of Arby’s signature sauce. It’s not hard, and you can practice saying “We have the meats” in a deep voice while you mix up a batch.
24. Olive Garden Salad
Olive Garden salad and breadsticks go together like …well, the start of a great meal. Even salad haters enjoy this vinegary, parmesan-covered veggie delight. Plus, you can put as much cheese on it as you want.
25. Red Robin Onion Rings
Red Robin’s delicious onion rings are easier to make than you think. If you love fried food but don’t want to go out, you can make a batch of these to enjoy at home.
26. KFC Chicken Pot Pie
If you haven’t been to KFC in a while, you’re in for a treat. Once you’ve had this dish, you’ll never forget KFC’s chicken pot pie. It’s the best of everything: flaky crust, rich chicken, and fresh veggies.
27. Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard
There’s no one in the world who doesn’t love a Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzard. Of course, you’ll have to perform the flip test in your kitchen. Well, maybe not on the first attempt.
There are few who can resist a Cinnabon cinnamon roll. The smell is practically a requirement when visiting the mall. But you can make these calorie-heavy treats at home!
30. Pizza Hut Original Deep Pan Pizza
If the thought of a Pizza Hut Original Deep Pan Pizza gets your mouth watering, you’re in luck. You can save money — and have fun — making this delicious recipe in your own oven.
31. Chipotle Burrito Bowls
The Chipotle Burrito Bowls have been one of the most popular items at Chipotle for many years. But they’re super easy to prepare at home and customize any way you want. And good news — at home, guacamole doesn’t cost extra.
32. Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels
Walking through the mall, you’re bound to catch a whiff of Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels. The smell goes hand-in-hand with Cinnabon and perfume samples from Bath and Bodyworks. Make them at home without the added fragrance of Japanese cherry blossoms.
33. Panda Express Chow Mein
If you love Panda Express, you’ll probably want to try Panda Express Chow Mein. This salty noodle dish is loaded with vegetables and meat.