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Happy National Fast Food Day! Here's how to make 10 favorites at home

People hate on fast food because of its mysteriousness nature (What's really in those nuggets? How many times has that patty been frozen?), but there's no denying how delicious it is. Is there really anything tastier than a Big Mac? (Challenge me — I dare you.)

So today, on National Fast Food Day, celebrate your love of fast food — and eliminate those sketchy additives and heat lamps — by making it for yourself. Plus, staying at home is even more convenient than the drive-thru.

Chick-fil-A-Style Chicken Sandwich
Homemade version of Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich, recipe from Alejandra Ramos
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Alejandra Ramos, a food and lifestyle expert, shares one of the most popular restaurant-inspired recipes on Pinterest — a perfectly seasoned, hand-breaded, homemade version of Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwich.

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Copycat McRib Sandwich
Homemade version of the McDonald’s McRib, recipe from Al Roker
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Try Al Roker's homemade version of McDonald's barbecue-flavored McRib sandwich and you won't have to question the quality of the pork you're eating.

Meaty Wendy's-Style Chili
Wendy's Chili Copycat Recipe
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A classic recipe for comfort in a bowl — just made fresh.

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East Coasters: No need to travel to the West Coast for this coveted culinary treasure. And West Coasters: No need to leave the house.

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You can make a mouthwatering version of the deep-fried sandwich with a cult following that's just as tender and juicy, but a little healthier, at home. An overnight buttermilk marinade and super-seasoned batter take it to the next level.

Shamrock Shake
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This DIY take on McDonald's Shamrock Shake only requires five ingredients and you can make it year-round. Just make sure to make a big batch so your friends don't get green with envy.

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Te Quiero Taco
Homemade version of Taco Bell taco, recipe from Ryan Scott
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Si quieres Taco Bell, then make it for yourself. The ingredients will be fresher and it'll probably be a lot crispier, too.

Make-Ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

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This Egg McMuffin copycat is so simple to whip up and freeze, you’ll never make a drive-thru run again.

Mickey D's-Style Fried Apple Pies
Mickey D's Fried Apple Pie
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Drum up feelings of childhood nostalgia with a bite of this classic, golden brown, piping hot treat.

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Fresh ingredients, made to order, assembled just the way you like them — but stored in your own fridge, ready to be piled into your own bowl.

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