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Best Fast Food Dupes at the Grocery Store (Up to 80% Cheaper!)

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If your family craves Chick-fil-A as much as mine does, you know the struggle of balancing the demand with your spending habits. Hey, if it were up to me, we'd be hitting that drive-thru daily. But let's be real, with prices going up everywhere, that's just not going to happen. But I've got some good news: there are some killer fast food dupes at the grocery store that can save you serious cash.

And what is a dupe, you ask? Think of these as cost-friendly alternatives to all your favorite fast-food treats. From copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets to an alternative to Burger King's Hershey Pie, we've hunted down the best-kept secrets available at grocery and club stores like Costco, Sam's Club, and Aldi.

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Best Fast Food Dupes at Costco

1. Kirkland Signature Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks (Chick-fil-A Nuggets Dupe)

chick fil a chicken nuggets for $3.20 versus the same amount from Costco for $0.64

Just Bare Chicken Breast Chunks have long been the go-to dupe for Chick-fil-A nuggets. You can find them at retailers like Costco, Publix, and Sprouts. However, the price has steadily increased over the years, reaching $17.99 for a four-pound bag at Costco — no thanks.

If we were judging this dupe battle based solely on taste, Just Bare would undoubtedly reign supreme. However, when cost comes into play, the winner changes.

We recently stumbled on their Kirkland Signature Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks, which are a near-perfect match for Chick-fil-A's nuggets and very similar to Just Bare. A four-pound bag is just $13.99 — way cheaper than the same size bag of Just Bare Chicken Breast Chunks. We tried them and they legit tasted and looked just like Chick-fil-A Nuggets. According to the bag, one serving is 3 ounces, which came out to five nuggets. That means for $13.99, you're getting 110 nuggets!

Price-wise, Chick-fil-A's five-piece nuggets will set you back $3.20 a serving, but Kirkland's version works out to about $0.64 per serving — a price difference of 80%.

  • Chick-fil-A 5-Piece Chicken Nuggets: $3.20

  • Kirkland Signature Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks 5-Pieces: $0.64 (80% savings)

2. Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites at Costco (vs. Egg Bites at Starbucks)

starbucks sous vide egg bites from Starbucks for $4.95 versus the same thing from Costco for $2.96

Here's some exciting news for Starbucks fans — Costco sells the real-deal, Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites with Bacon and Gruyere, at a fraction of the cost you'd pay at the coffee shop. A box containing 10 bites (five servings) is priced at just $14.79, which breaks down to $2.96 per serving. That's a solid 40% cheaper than the $4.95 price tag at Starbucks. 

These aren't just similar in taste; they're the actual Starbucks-branded product. By picking these up at Costco, you not only save money but also skip the often long lines at Starbucks. Many reviewers have mentioned they actually prefer the at-home version over the ones they get at Starbucks.

  • Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites: $4.95

  • Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites at Costco: $2.96 (40% savings)

Best Fast Food Dupes at Sam's Club

3. Member's Mark Southern Style Chicken Sandwich (Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Dupe)

a chick fil a chicken sandwich for $4.99 versus a comparable item from Sam's Club for $2.20

You can skip the Chick-fil-A drive thru and get a box of 10 individually wrapped Member's Mark Southern Style Chicken Sandwiches for $21.98 — making each sandwich only $2.20. So the Sam's Club version is 56% cheaper than Chick-fil-A's sandwich.

  • Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich: $4.99

  • Member's Mark Southern Style Chicken Sandwich: $2.20 (56% cheaper)

4. Member's Mark Southern Style Chicken Bites (Chick-fil-A Nuggets Dupe)

If you prefer nuggets, you can grab a bag of the Member's Mark Southern Style Chicken Bites, which has three pounds for $12.98. Each serving of four nuggets costs $0.72, so you're only paying about $0.90 for five of them.

chick fil a chicken nuggets for $3.20 versus a similar amount of member's mark nuggets for $0.90
  • Chick-fil-A 5-Piece Chicken Nuggets: $3.20

  • Member's Mark Southern Style Chicken Bites 5-Pieces: $0.90

5. Member's Mark Southern Style Waffle Fries (Chick-fil-A Fries Dupe)

Round out the whole meal with a four-pound bag of Member's Mark Southern Style Waffle Fries for $7.98, and you're paying 78% less per gram.

chick fil a fries for $2.19 versus a similar amount from sams club for $0.38
  • Chick-fil-A Small Fry, 96 g: $2.19 ($0.023 per g)

  • Member's Mark Southern Style Waffle Fries, 84 g: $0.38 ($0.005 per g; 78% savings)

6. Member's Mark Bundt Cake (Nothing Bundt Cakes Dupe)

nothing bundt cake lemon 10 inch cake for $40 compared to a similar cake from sam's club for $13.48

Even with a BOGO Nothing Bundt Cakes coupon, their cakes can still be quite pricey, and it's rare to find a coupon for their large 10-inch bundt cakes. If you're trying to save money on a big cake, Sam's Club offers a lemon or red velvet flavored large bundt cake for only $13.48.

These cakes look just like the name-brand ones, but they come at a fraction of the cost. The Sam's Club cake weighs in at 4.06 pounds. In comparison, Nothing Bundt Cakes sells an 8-inch cake for $30 that weighs about 2.34 pounds, and a 10-inch cake for $40 that weighs about 4.64 pounds.

When you break it down by cost per pound, the Sam's Club cake costs $3.32 per pound, while the 8-inch Nothing Bundt Cake is $12.82 per pound, and the 10-inch is $8.62 per pound. No matter how you slice it, choosing the Sam's Club cake can save you 74% compared to the 8-inch Nothing Bundt Cake and 62% compared to their 10-inch version.

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes 10-Inch Bundt Cake: $40

  • Member's Mark Bundt Cake: $13.48 (62% savings per pound)

Best Fast Food Dupes at Aldi

7. Aldi Red Bag Chicken (Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Dupe)

a chicken sandwich from chick-fil-a for $4.99 versus a similar product from aldi for $2.93

Don’t have a club membership to Costco or Sam's? Aldi has you covered with a Chick-fil-A dupe. The iconic Aldi "Red Bag Chicken" (as the social media world calls it) is amazingly close in taste to Chick-fil-A’s chicken.

The Red Bag Chicken is just another name for Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Fillets at Aldi. A 24-ounce bag costs $8.79 and comes with four fillets. Pair them with the Aldi Specially Selected Brioche Buns (6-count for $4.39) and pickles for a homemade Chick-fil-A experience. These are a year-around item but sell out quickly, so if you see them in the freezer at your Aldi, grab them up!

  • Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich: $4.99

  • Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Fillet + Brioche Bun: $2.93 (41% savings)

Best Fast Food Dupes at Walmart

8. Great Value Chicken Dipping Sauce (Chick-fil-A Sauce Dupe)

chick fil a sauce for $3.98 versus a similar product from walmart for $2.28

Walmart's Great Value Chicken Dipping Sauce is the budget-friendly hero we all need. For just $2.28, you get a 12-ounce bottle packed with that perfect blend of honey mustard, barbecue, and ranch flavors. Compare that to shelling out $3.98 for Chick-fil-A's 16-ounce bottle, and you’re saving 24% per ounce with the Walmart version.

Sure, the Chick-fil-A bottle is a bit bigger, but the Great Value sauce delivers almost the same taste at a much sweeter price. It's ideal for jazzing up everything from homemade nuggets to your favorite sandwiches.

  • Chick-fil-A Sauce, 16 ounces: $3.98 ($0.25 per ounce)

  • Great Value Chicken Dipping Sauce, 12 ounces: $2.28 ($0.19 per ounce; 24% savings per ounce)

9. Great Value Homestyle Chicken Fries (Burger King Chicken Fries Dupe)

burger king chicken fries for $3.99 versus a similar item from walmart for $0.87

Ever noticed how Burger King loves to toy with our taste buds by pulling their Chicken Fries off the menu? If you're hit with a Chicken Fries craving, want to save a few bucks, or face another heart-wrenching discontinuation, just swing by Walmart and grab their Great Value Homestyle Chicken Fries. Spoiler alert: they're a taste twin to Burger King's!

Burger King sells an eight-piece Chicken Fries for $3.99, while Walmart offers a bag of 63 for just $6.98. That's roughly $0.87 for an 8-piece serving, making it a whopping 78% savings compared to the Burger King version.

  • Burger King Chicken Fries, 8-count: $3.99

  • Great Value Homestyle Chicken Fries, 8-count: $0.87 (78% cheaper)

10. Edwards Chocolate Crème Pie (Burger King's Hershey's Pie Dupe)

burger king's hershey pie for $2.49 versus an edwards pie for $1.87

Got a thing for Burger King's Hershey's Pie but don't want to keep hitting the drive-thru? Let me clue you in on a sweet secret: Edwards Chocolate Crème Pie in the freezer aisle at Walmart. You can snag a two-pack for just $3.74. That's some serious savings compared to shelling out $2.49 for just one slice at Burger King.

Now, let's talk taste. Edwards nails it with a chocolatey filling and a creamy top that sits on a crunchy chocolate crust. It's pretty close to the Burger King favorite. Each slice of the Edwards pie is only 280 calories, a tad lighter than the 310 calories in Burger King's version. So, you're not just saving some cash, but also cutting down a few calories.

  • Burger King's Hershey's Pie: $2.49

  • Edwards Chocolate Crème Pie: $1.87 (25% savings)

11. Great Value Pork Sausage (McDonalds Sausage Dupe)

a mcdonalds sausage breakfast sandwich for $2.49 versus a bag of sausage patties from walmart for $0.50 a patty

Thanks to the magic of social media and former insiders sharing their secrets, we've got a juicy tip! A former McDonald's corporate chef has let slip that you can replicate the fast-food famous breakfast sausage right at home with a Walmart find. After comparing the ingredients, he claimed that Walmart's Great Value Pork Sausage is almost a perfect match.

Walmart offers the Great Value Pork Sausage in two sizes: a 14-count, 24.92 oz bag for $8.36, and a 20-count, 35.6 oz bag for $9.92. That works out to as low as $0.50 per sausage. This means you can whip up that iconic McDonald's breakfast flavor in your own kitchen and pocket $1.39 in savings.

While you’re at it, grab a box of Great Value hash brown patties for $3.42 — just $0.34 per patty.

  • McDonalds Sausage Patty: $2.49

  • Great Value Pork Sausage: $0.50 (80% savings)

12. Wendy’s Canned Chili (vs. Chili at Wendy's)

wendys chili for $4.19 versus canned for $4.42

In May 2023, Wendy’s introduced their chili in a can at Walmart. This is one of the few dupes that you're not saving a ton by skipping the restaurant. The Walmart Wendy’s Chili is a 15-ounce can for $4.42, while a large chili at Wendy's will cost you $4.19. (They serve the large chili in a 16-ounce container but once weighed, we only got 14.2-ounces of chili.)

As for the flavor, social media users report that both versions are quite similar, though the Wendy's chili has a slightly spicier edge.

When we break it down, the canned chili comes out to approximately $0.29 per ounce. Using the actual amount of chili we received, the restaurant chili comes out to $0.30 per ounce, so you're saving about 3% with the canned version.

  • Wendy's Large Chili, 14 ounces: $4.19 ($0.30 per ounce)

  • Wendy's Canned Chili at Walmart, 15 ounces: $4.42 ($0.29 per ounce; 3% savings)

Best Fast Food Dupes at Trader Joe's

13. Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken (Chinese Take Out Dupe)

orange chicken for $10.30 versus a similar product from Trader Joe's for $4.99

Craving some Chinese takeout without the hefty price tag? Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken is a total game-changer. You can get a 22-ounce bag loaded with flavorful orange chicken, all for just $4.99.

My local Chinese restaurant sells a 16-ounce container of orange chicken for $10.30. Not only are you getting more but you're paying less with grabbing the bag from Trader Joe's. Just add some rice and veggies, throw in the orange chicken, and you'll have a budget-friendly meal.

  • Chinese Take Out, 16 ounces: $10.30 ($0.64 per ounce)

  • Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken, 22 ounces: $4.99 ($0.23 per ounce; 64% savings)

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