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How to Reheat an Arby's Sandwich

How to Reheat an Arby’s Sandwich

by Greg on February 1, 2011

Rather than overthink my blog posts, which has resulted in countless topics being scrapped, I’ve decided to just write when the moment strikes. Regardless of what kind of goofy drivel flows from these fingertips.

Case in point:

I want to be recognized as the #1 authority when it comes to helping people learn how to reheat an Arby’s sandwich. Think this sounds stupid now? Just wait until I explain it.

Having an hour to kill while my oldest son was at his guitar lesson, I decided to take the two younger ones to Arby’s for dinner. Usually, I grab two Regular Roast Beef sandwiches and a bottle of water. After ordering my two Arby’s sandwiches, the cashier suggested that I get FIVE regular sandwiches because of some “5 for $5.95” dealio they were running. For only forty cents more I’d be able to ratchet up my fat and caloric intake by 150% on the cheap.

Not wanting to look like a fiscal idiot, I took her up on the offer and watched the roast beef pile up on my tray. I really had no intention of eating five of these babies but it did seem kind of silly to pass up three sandwiches that would cost like $.13 each. At the least, I figured I could always reheat an Arby’s sandwich as needed over the next few months.

I brought the three completely unnecessary sandwiches home with me and stocked them in the fridge. Initially, I was just going to toss them, but, why throw away forty cents worth of meat? Financial sense aside, they’d make for a great late night snack now that my dieting days have eased.

When late night snack time arrived, I put a sandwich in the microwave to reheat it and zapped it for 45 seconds. The result was a pile of some sort of rubbery gray substance with burnt edges and a now-mushy sesame seed bun.

Knowing I was still ahead of the game, I tossed the $.13 sandwich in the trash and turned to the toaster oven to reheat Arby’s sandwich #2. I guessed at 350 degrees and left it in there for a few minutes. The result? Cold roast beef with a now-burnt sesame seed bun.

Clearly, I sucked at reheating Arby’s, and outside intervention was needed.

Down to my last sandwich, and now on a personal quest to succeed at this, I turned to Google. As embarrassing as it is to admit, I searched for:

Proof that there actually IS such a thing as a stupid question.

Surprisingly enough, four or five others out there in America were befuddled by the same burning question. A question so legit that it even appears multiple times on Yahoo Answers. I couldn’t find a Wikipedia or Squidoo entry so I think I might add this to my To-Do list. How awesome would it be to dominate the search engines when it comes to reheating Arby’s sandwiches?

I mean, who wouldn’t want to be the world-renowned expert in Arby’s sandwich reheating? It’d be a resume bonanza, assuming I ever needed one after the ensuing fame.

In the end, for those who need to know how to reheat an Arby’s Sandwich, here’s how I did it:

1. Unwrap the sandwich from the foil so that you don’t ignite your microwave.

2. Place the bun in your toaster oven and toast on the “Light” setting. You don’t want it toasted, per se, but the microwave will just turn it into a spongy paste-like mass that somewhat resembles what once used to be recognizable as a bun.

3. Place the Arby’s roast beef in a microwave safe bowl. Little known cold Arby’s roast beef tip: You’ll start with a big clump of roast beef. Without tearing, peel away each slice so that they sit loose in the bowl.

4. Sprinkle some water on the roast beef so that the microwave attacks the water droplets and not the fringe of your roast beef slices.

5. Microwave on high for 20 seconds or until the reheated Arby’s roast beef starts to snap and crackle like well-seasoned firewood.

6. Reassemble your sandwich and enjoy restaurant-quality fare without the worry, rubbery bites, or crisp edges. I should mention that Arby’s recommends against reheating an Arby’s sandwich, but remember, they’re out to sell more sandwiches. Every reheated Arby’s sandwich is one less sold. Don’t buy into this recommendation. With my tips on how to reheat an Arby’s sandwich, you are free to reheat with reckless abandon.

There you have it. How to reheat an Arby’s sandwich, Telling Dad style. Now we’ll see if I can’t get on the first page of Google for this advice. I won’t rest until it’s accomplished.

Hey, we all need goals, right? And I don’t sit here mocking yours.

At least, not out loud.

Do you want to share how to reheat an Arby’s sandwich? Want to help me get to the top of Google when people search for advice on how to reheat an Arby’s sandwich? Just link to this post with the full URL and you’ll be more than just a part of the experiment. You’ll also be a part of the solution.

Believe me, hungry Arby-ers saddled with cold leftovers will thank you. Now, more than ever, your assistance is needed. At least, until they repeal this ridiculous 5 for $5.95 “flood the nation with roast beef” mentality.

Happy reheating!


Wendy February 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

Wait… You're telling me that you don't have to wear stretchy pants to Arby's so you can finish all 5 sandwiches at once?! Really? I have to say that I'm happy and sad about that. I guess I'll just have to come up with a new challenge now.

Telling Dad February 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hahha, well, you are certainly welcome to pound all five at one sitting. But now, thanks to me, you don't have to. You can take your time, knowing that you can reheat an Arby's sandwich on demand. Without fear. And here I was starting to think I had no purpose on earth.

Jen-Eighty MPH Mom February 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Well, I have never really thought about this (we don't have Arby's nearby, that could be why), however, I have tried to reheat other fast food "stuff", and it turned out pretty bad. I have a feeling I will be referring to this post for years to come. I definitely think it should be number one on Google!

Telling Dad February 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Seems to be working. Within hours of the post, Google recognized the importance of such knowledge and placed me at #4 for "reheat arbys sandwich" variations. I should be #1 though as I clearly gave the best technique. I won't rest until I'm #1.

one cluttered brain February 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

lol. I was just gonna say, i hope you took the wrapper off first…

holy microwave cleaning.

Ew that burny smell.

Where was your wife in all of this?


Love it.

Are you going to do that cooking segment in video?

MrsTellingDad February 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I was at a fundraiser event and asleep. I would have just fed the sandwich to the dog 🙂 Too much work for "meat nasty".

Telling Dad February 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Clearly, your priorities when it comes to roast beef are completely screwed.

Mary ~Scentsy Star C February 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

You are most certainly on the first page of search results on Google. I did share via FB just to help out. 🙂 Thanks for yet another food tip.

Rob February 2, 2011 at 6:32 am

Thanks for the tip. I have never purchased 5 sandwiches at Arby's at once but now that I know about this little reheat tip I will be sure to now. Who doesn't love a week old Arby's sandwich heated up in the microwave. Now bring on the sandwich with a side of curly fries and horsey sauce. YUMMY!

Lazidaisical February 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Magnificent. This info will be much appreciated in about an hour when I'm drunk enough to want that other half of the Taco Bell burrito that's been in our fridge for three days. The same reheating principles apply, no?

Telling Dad February 3, 2011 at 1:54 am

With Taco Bell? Yes. Same principles apply with anything that is 35% beef and 65% filler.

Melinda February 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Ok I don't know how I missed this post. I love Arby's. Mine never does that special anymore and it's expensive. I always leave thinking we could have gone to a Steakhouse for the same price but who doesn't love that roast beef? Brilliant directions! You are the male, fast food version of Julia Child…plus BONUS!! we can understand what you say.

Mitchell Allen February 9, 2011 at 12:14 am

Greg, goals are good 😉

I've always wanted to know how to reheat an Arby’s sandwich.

Thanks for sharing your tip. This reminds me of George Carlin's "How to cook grits" routine.

Another tip you might help with? Reheating pizza. I think using the microwave is a horrible way to reheat pizza. But, the oven takes too long…



Vince December 31, 2014 at 8:53 pm

If it’s thin-crust (NY style) pizza, fold into a triangle and use your waffle iron. Or, you can put it in a pan over low heat on the stove and cover with the pan’s lid.

Lesley March 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I am so sad. 🙁 I used to live in Alaska where there were Arby’s…and Corndogs and Bear Tooth. I don’t know where you live, but I know you have Arby’s and assume you have some place that sells Corn Dogs so I am very jealous! I would give ANYTHING for an Arby’s sandwich with the fake cheese. Sigh. Maybe you could send me an Arby’s sandwich…

Carol May 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I just tried it and it worked!

Telling Dad May 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm

See? And here my wife thinks this knowledge can’t help the world.

Ali May 2, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Hi, I’m pregnant and have been having major Arby’s cravings lately. My husband is totally over dropping everything to make an emergency Arby’s run and attempted to solve the problem by coming back with a week’s supply to keep on hand. Obviously, I had no idea how to properly reheat an Arby’s sandwich, but thanks to google and your blog I now feel prepared to undertake the challenge (and save my marriage). Thanks!

Telling Dad May 3, 2011 at 7:19 am

@Ali – First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy! Second, I’m glad that I could help as this is probably my best contribution to society. It may even adorn my tombstone. Hopefully you’ll think of my blog every time you’re around roast beef.

By the way, seeing the impact I’ve made, I totally wouldn’t be opposed to you naming your child after me.

Happy Arbying!

Fred May 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Our nearest Arbys is about 75 miles from home, so we just formed an Arbys Club with a pact that any member who goes by one must return with a standing sandwich order for all members.

The first delivery was just made and another trip is already planned for next week.

I just ate an Arbys writing this.

America’s roast beef yes sir!

Lesley May 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I found an Arby’s! Let ALL rejoyce!

Fred May 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Great news Lesley – what did you order?

On another topic, do any store have *real* Arby-q’s any more?

Have not had one in years. I once asked about them, and they said they still had them, just not on the menu, but it turned out to just be a “regular” heated up in Arby sauce, not the real Arby-q kind.

Debra May 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Living in Fairbanks and having the nearest Arby’s be 300 miles away has been hard, but now I can ask my husband to bring me back a cooler of sandwiches whenever he passes through on his way home! Thanks!

Charity January 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I also live in Fairbanks! The closest Arby’s is in Wasilla (310 miles south). If you order roast beef sandwiches and ask to have them “Fairbanks wrapped” they will kindly package the roast beef and buns separately. This way the buns do not get soggy on the 6 hour drive back to Fairbanks 🙂

Jesse June 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Thanks i was about to microwave it when i came across this, nice job!!

Michelle September 20, 2011 at 12:27 am

HI. I know this is late but i just started reading your blog so i started from the very first one, and working my way forward.
First off great blog and your kids are adorable!!
Second, I have been reheating Arbys like you described for years. You can’t forget the water and seperating or they are absolutley horrible!!!
Don’t forget the Horsey Sauce!

Emily August 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Used this technique today for my Beef n’ Cheddar! So glad that I decided to Google before I microwaved. I knew there had to be a better way and I found it on your blog. I have now shared this with my husband so he can use it next time we do the 5 sandwich deals!

Kable February 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm

You rock!
Can’t attest to Google, but you are the number one search result on Dogpile.com.

Jonathan B May 4, 2014 at 11:24 am

You’re now #2 on DuckDuckGo search engine for “reheat arby’s curly fries” as well, second only to the Yahoo Answers question “How do I reheat arby’s curly fries so they still taste good.” Can I recommend you tackle the curly fries topic next?

Tim C January 7, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Thanks a lot for this post!! I just had the oven warming up, I was going to search how warm to make the oven…turns out I don’t need it at all.

You the Man Dawg

Will K April 13, 2015 at 11:17 pm

Your goal has been achieved good sir. When I tried to ask google “what is the best way to reheat a reuben sandwich” you were not only on the first page, but the very first on the list.

My sincere congratulations to you.

Coincidentally, my Reuben came from Arby’s.

Yes Ma'am June 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Well, you’re not #1, but you came up #2 in my search. And now I know how to freeze and reheat these two regular roast beefs I bought with a coupon. 🙂 Thanks!

Sue November 20, 2015 at 11:52 am

Yes good advice on reheating a sandwich .I do alittle different I take beef off put it in a microwave bowl with Arby’s sauce and little water and heat it in the microwave and warm the bun separate and it taste so good when put back together

Debra January 26, 2016 at 6:09 pm

“reheat Arby’s” on Google brings you up as number 1 now. Congratulations!

And thank you! Worked a treat.

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