Homemade Fast Food

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Homemade Fast Food

McDonald's Egg McMuffin

According to McDonald's executive chef Dan Coudreaut, the Egg McMuffin is only 300 calories. We'll see.

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McDonald's Big Mac

Ah yes, the one that started it all — the iconic Big Mac.

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Cinnabon's Classic Cinnamon Roll

It's hard to not to sidle up to a Cinnabon counter once the scent of those warm and sticky buns is wafting through the air.

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Click here for the recipe: Cinnabon's Classic Cinnamon Roll

Denny's Bacon Slamburger

Denny's Bacon Slamburger overflows with meat, hash browns, bacon, egg and cheese. A winning (albeit artery-clogging) combination.

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Click here for the recipe: Denny's Bacon Slamburger

McDonald's Ranch Snack Wrap

The concept is simple: Take a crispy fried chicken tender, wrap it in a flour tortilla, and smother it in creamy dressing.

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Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Here's a little trivia for you: Did you know that the WBCB (yes, it has a nickname) comes in three sizes (single, double and the Six-Dollar version)?

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Click here for the recipe: Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Buffalo Wild Wings' Wings and Sauce

What makes these wings so special? The sauce.

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Click here for the recipe: Buffalo Wild Wings' Wings and Sauce

Cheesecake Factory's Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake

Todd Wilbur spent decades perfecting cheesecake recipes, and this one, topped with Bavarian cream and sliced bananas, is one of the best. Credit: flickr/miri go round

Click here for the recipe: Cheesecake Factory's Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake

Houlihan's Smashed Potatoes

These chunky mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish to nearly any entree.

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Click here for the recipe: Houlihan's Smashed Potatoes

Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits

These biscuits were touted as the most searched-for clone on the Web, and then a recipe wound up on Bisquick boxes.

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Click here for the recipe: Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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McDonald's is joining the health-conscious craze. Sort of. During McDonald's 2012 Nutrition Journey Progress Report, the company revealed that it is now going to include calorie counts on its menu.

This action marks McDonald's latest move for its ongoing Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choices program as it becomes the largest restaurant chain to put calorie counts on the menu. The chain also plans to offer more healthy alternatives in the near future. But for now, McDonald's is featuring its "Favorites Under 400" menu, which includes diet sodas, snack wraps and more.

However, not everything on the menu will benefit from having the calorie count. McDonald's signature Big Mac is 550 calories all on its own.

If you're curious about how many calories you consume when you hit the drive thru, head over to McDonalds.com and use the new Meal Builder tool. But first, check out the homemade options we've compiled for you. They're sure to give you all the flavor with a lot less grease.

Click through the slideshow to see our homemade fast food recipes.

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