When Arby’s founders Forest and Leroy Raffel decided to open a sandwich shop in 1964, they wanted a catchy name.
When their front runner turned out to be taken, they decided to create a name to honor their familial ties as the Raffel Brothers. They were especially inventive, using the phonetic spelling of the initials R and B, thus spawning the Arby’s we all know today.
That said, R B could very well stand for Roast Beef, as it’s always been the star of the show at this carnivore-centric fast-food chain. Arby’s has always valued high-quality beef, pork, and poultry, arguing that the American public is just as big a fan of a roast beef sandwich as it is a burger.
As with any American restaurant, Arby’s welcomes special orders and many of them have become popular menu items for those in the know.
If you want to upgrade your usual Arby’s orders, check out the following list of amazing Arby’s secret menu sandwiches.
Arby’s Secret Menu
Check out these secret menu items at Arby’s to switch things up from your usual order.
Bacon Beef ‘n’ Cheddar
If you’re a frequenter of Arby’s then you’re probably familiar with the classic Beef ‘n’ Cheddar sandwich.
It’s been a fan favorite and an Arby’s staple since day one, consisting of a flavorful onion roll topped with their famous roast beef, creamy cheddar cheese sauce, and tangy Red Ranch dressing.
It’s a delicious sandwich on its own, but bacon makes anything taste better.
All you have to do to order this secret menu item is ask for the Beef n Cheddar with an added order of crispy pepper bacon. It’s become so popular that some locations offer it as a standard menu item!
Just when you thought it could never get better, bacon arrives and ups the ante.
This literal pyramid of meat gives credence to Arby’s famous motto.
They really do “have the meats,” and you’ll get all of them in one sinfully decadent secret menu sandwich.
While you may think that combining every type of meat may not taste good, a sandwich this iconic is worth a try to find out.
The Meat Mountain comes with chicken tenders, Angus steak, ham, brisket, roast beef, bacon, corned beef, and turkey topped with Swiss and Cheddar cheese then sandwiched between a regular bun.
It’s almost a caricature of a sandwich. Brace yourself, because with all the meats come all the meat sweats. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Super Roast Beef Sandwich
Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich is their most iconic and oldest menu item. It’s stood the test of time and was worth paying three times the price of a 15-cent burger when it first debuted.
I usually go by the adage, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” but this secret menu item opts for the adage, “you can never have too much of a good thing.”
Consequently, the Super Roast Beef Sandwich is simply a roast beef sandwich with extra roast beef.
If you want to change things up, add veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, and try the zesty Red Ranch over the standard Arby’s sauce.
Double Stacked Reuben
Nothing says New York deli like a classic Reuben sandwich, and Arby’s signature Reuben is as good as any New York deli’s offering.
A Reuben starts with two slices of marbled rye, stuffed with a hefty portion of corned beef, topped with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese then doused with Thousand Island dressing.
That’s exactly what you get at Arby’s, and to make it even truer to the overloaded, deli-style sandwiches, you order the Double Stacked Reuben.
True to its name, the double-stacked Reuben doubles the amount of corned beef, giving you a whopping 7 ounces of meat.
The Arby’s Melt offers yet another subtle yet ingenious tweak to their signature Roast Beef sandwich. It used to be a signature sandwich but has since been removed.
You can still get it, and your server will probably know how to make it upon hearing its name.
Unlike like a regular roast beef sandwich, the Melt comes on an onion roll for added flavor.
It’s stuffed with 2 ounces of thinly sliced roast beef then smothered with creamy cheddar cheese sauce.
French Dip Max
Also known as the “double French Dip”, the French Dip Max just ups your meat volume on its signature French Dip sandwich.
The French Dip at Arby’s features its famous roast beef covered in a thick layer of Swiss cheese on a sub roll, served with French au jus dipping sauce.
Dipping meat into concentrated meat juice is the height of carnivorous decadence.
The French Dip Max takes it a bit further by more than tripling the meat contents, taking it from two to seven ounces of roast beef.
You’ll want to ask for extra dipping sauce, too.
The BLT is perfect in its simplicity and used to be a permanent fixture on the Arby’s menu.
It may not be on the menu anymore, but Arby’s still has all the ingredients necessary to make it. So, what makes it the Ultimate BLT?
Extra bacon, of course! Arby’s will save you the mess of frying loads of bacon at home with this one.
The Ultimate BLT comes with eight pieces of crispy pepper bacon, lettuce, and tomato on honey wheat bread with mayo.
The choice of a honey wheat bread plus the mayo adds much-needed sweetness to complement the saltiness of all that bacon.
Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich
While Roast Beef and Swiss sliders exist on the Arby’s menu, the Roast Beef and Swiss sandwich provides a substantial meal as opposed to a light snack.
It also deviates from a slider in terms of bread type, toppings, and sauces.
The Roast Beef and Swiss sandwich comes on honey wheat bread with thinly sliced roast beef, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, mayo, and spicy brown honey mustard.
It’s one of the best secret menu items for a more complex and sophisticated hand-held.
If you want to make it even more complex, I recommend adding some jalapenos for an extra tangy and spicy kick.
Roast Ham & Swiss Sandwich
The Roast Ham and Swiss Sandwich features honey wheat bread with roasted ham, lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, mayo, and spicy brown honey mustard dressing.
Ham is a meat choice that doesn’t get as much play on Arby’s menu as beef or turkey, but it’s just as delicious, and with this secret menu item, it finally gets its time to shine.
If you wanted to add a filet of breaded chicken, you’d have a deconstructed Chicken Cordon Bleu. Wait, did I just invent a new secret menu item?
Although it sounds like a kid’s menu item, the Junior Deluxe is for adult eaters who don’t want to overdo it but still want all the delicious ingredients that come on a signature sandwich.
The Junior Deluxe is a modified roast beef sandwich, using a smaller portion of meat on a sesame seed bun and adding lettuce, tomato, onions, and mayo.
The addition of veggies compensates for the smaller size and the fiber will help keep you fuller longer.
If you’re counting calories or just trying to eat a more balanced diet, the Junior Deluxe is a good choice and one of the healthier options at Arby’s.
The Bread Switch
Arby’s doesn’t just have the meats, they have the breads, too! Their bread offerings come in all shapes and flavors, from sub rolls to pitas.
Arby’s strategically pairs each bread type with certain meats, cheeses, and veggie combos to maximize flavor and texture. That said, Arby’s is open to differing opinions.
If you think your roast beef sandwich would taste better on honey wheat bread instead of a sesame seed bun, Arby’s won’t object.
You simply ask for a “bread switch,” and they will accommodate your preferences. I always ask for a bread switch when I order the turkey and swiss sandwich, favoring a sesame seed bun over honey wheat bread.
Turkey ‘N’ Cheddar
If you aren’t craving red meat, Arby’s has plenty of delectable poultry options to satisfy your carnivorous cravings.
The Turkey ‘n’ Cheddar is a perfect alternative to roast beef or ham and is also lower in calories.
To order a Turkey ‘n’ Cheddar, just ask for a Roast Beef ‘n’ Cheddar from the permanent menu, and substitute roast turkey for roast beef.
You’ll get a hearty serving of thin slices of turkey smothered in cheddar cheese sauce on a flavorful onion roll.
You can always upgrade with an order of crispy bacon and a serving of Red Ranch to spice things up.
Arby’s Secret Menu
- Bacon Beef ‘n’ Cheddar
- Meat Mountain
- Super Roast Beef Sandwich
- Double Stacked Reuben
- Arby’s Melt
- French Dip Max
- Ultimate BLT
- Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich
- Roast Ham & Swiss Sandwich
- Junior Deluxe
- The Bread Switch
- Turkey ‘N’ Cheddar
Arby’s sandwiches are famous for their simplicity, featuring high-quality ingredients that speak for themselves. They have added novel menu items that involve a more complex flavor profile for adventurous eaters.
Customers and employees have also come up with daring, over-the-top sandwiches to indulge their appetites or whimsies. Arby’s has always been open to suggestions, and my list of secret menu items is a testament to how they will accommodate your wildest, meatiest sandwich fantasies.
Whether you want something small like the Junior Deluxe or to push the limits of your stomach with the Meat Mountain, you’ll feel like an Arby’s insider ordering any of these secret menu items.