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34 Copycat Diner Recipes

With these copycat recipes, you can feel like you're at an old-fashioned diner any time you want!

By: Suzie Vyletel, Editor,
Updated August 30, 2023
Copycat Diner Recipes

No matter how much of a "foodie" you boast to be, there isn't a Michelin-starred restaurant that compares to the unique environment and grub found at your local diner. Nothing beats a plate of hash browns and eggs any time of the day, and there's just something about diner burgers that tastes so right. Not to mention thick and generous milkshakes and slices of pie (tempting you from that rotating cake display, of course) eaten while sitting on brightly colored stools and sipping free refills of coffee. Diner food is so comforting and satisfying, which is why we've rounded up 34 Copycat Diner Recipes for you to make at home. With these copycat restaurant recipes, you can recreate your favorite diner foods from the comfort of your home.

From stacks of delicious pancakes that are just like IHOP's, to an indulgent dessert from Luby's and knockoff Cracker Barrel gravy, we've got copycat recipes for everyone's favorite iconic diner meals. These recipes go beyond breakfast classics like waffles to give you options for burgers or chili for a more savory dinner. Whether you're looking to satisfy a personal craving or want to treat guests to a familiar meal, you're sure to find amazing copycat restaurant recipes below. Impress friends and family with your ability to bring the time-honored American tradition of diner food to your table.

Get started with our awesome video on how to make Cracker Barrel Copycat Sawmill Gravy below!

Copycat Diner Breakfasts

Better Than IHOP Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Once you try these breakfast recipes, you will be so excited to share them with your entire family. Mix up your ordinary cereal routine by whipping up a batch of fluffy pancakes or decadent doughnuts! If you love breakfast, you'll just fall in love with these diner favorites.

There's no better breakfast joint than a good old-fashioned diner. After all, can you think of any better way to start your day than with some crispy hash browns and a hot cup of coffee? These classic American recipes will transport you back in time. Start with some copycat diner pancakes and see where these recipes take you.

Copycat Diner Entrees

Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Browns Casserole

We've rounded up some of your favorite famous diner dinners and listed them here for your enjoyment. If you have ever been to a diner for dinner, then you are probably familiar with the wide variety of menu items offered during evening hours. These copycat diner entrees offer a similarly large selection of great go-to meals for nights that you just don't know what to cook.

If you're looking for a wonderful way to bring copycat cooking into your home, these diner recipes are a great place to start. You have probably sampled diner food countless times - from chili to burgers. However, there's nothing like making it homemade. Whether you're making these classic entrees for lunch or dinner, they're sure to please the entire family.

Copycat Diner Sides

Just Like The Diner Buttermilk Biscuits

Here you will find side dish recipes from all your favorite diners. If you are looking for tasty side dishes like biscuits, mashed potatoes, fried apples, and more, you will find them here. These delicious copycat diner sides don't require much skill, so anyone can bring them to life in the blink of an eye!

From perfectly-flavored gravy to wonderfully soft bread you can make in a bag, these homemade sides are just what your diner meal needs. You'll be amazed to find that these copycat recipes taste just like the real thing. Skip the roadside mystery and get the same flavors you love right in the comfort of your own home.

Copycat Diner Desserts

Vintage Walnut Maple Ice Cream

Every person who loves dessert needs to try these easy copycat diner delicacies. Ordering dessert at a diner is always a must, and now you can recreate your favorite treats right at home. It will certainly save you a few extra bucks!

Ordering a dessert at the diner can add up quickly, after all. But with these dessert recipes, you can savor all your favorite diner treats without thinning your wallet. Which dessert should you try first? We reccommend classics like the Summer Lovin' Slushie and Lemon Lava Cake! Everyone has their go-to diner dessert, so browse the shakes and cakes below to see if you can find yours. You'll be feeling like a kid again in no time! These diner desserts are a surefire way to put a smile on your face.

What's your all-time favorite diner? Tell us below!

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