Dairy Queen Dude Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich

Dairy Queen Dude is a chicken fried steak sandwich that’s a tasty take on your everyday hamburger. When I was in college I worked at a Dairy Queen. I made plenty of sandwiches like these while I was there, this tastes just like them.

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The Best Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich

A chicken-fried steak sandwich is a classic living in the southern part of the country. While you can’t have a full-on chicken fried steak at any meal, you can have a Dairy Queen Dude chicken fried steak sandwich whenever you like.

By dipping steak cutlets into buttermilk and seasoned flour you get a tangy and crunchy crust that is difficult to beat.

You are going to love this recipe!

What Is a DQ Dude?

The DQ Dude is a chicken fried steak sandwich they sell at Dairy Queens in Texas. It’s quite a treat! If you are ever in Texas, stop in at a DQ and try one. If not, you can always make your own at home with my copycat recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need to make a DQ Dude sandwich:

  • Beef cutlets – You can use any type of beefsteak for them. Top sirloin, cube steak, or round steak are all perfect options.
  • Flour – If you eat a gluten-free diet, you can substitute with your favorite gluten-free flour, including almond flour.
  • Buttermilk – If you don’t have any, you can make your own with milk and vinegar. Just add about a teaspoon of vinegar to your milk. Then, stir it until it curdles a little.
  • Hamburger Buns – Use your favorite kind. For a fun twist, you can use pretzel buns.
  • Hamburger Toppings – Add all the toppings you love, including tomatoes, mayo, and pickles.
Dairy Queen Dude chicken fried steak sandwich ingredients

How To Make a Dairy Queen Dude Sandwich

This is one of the easiest sandwiches you’ll ever make. It’s a delicious lunch or dinner. Here’s how to make a chicken fried steak sandwich.

Note the most time-consuming part of this recipe is making the chicken fried steak. This is really easy though.

  1. Dredge the steak through the flour mixture, then the buttermilk, and then the flour mixture again. Let the meat rest for about 10 minutes before frying it.
three breaded chopped steaks
  1. Fry the steaks in hot oil until nicely browned and crispy.
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  1. Assemble the sandwich by placing the chicken fried steak patty on the bottom bun and top with tomatoes and lettuce. Spread mayonnaise on the top bun and place the top bun on the sandwich.
chicken fried steak sandwich with lettuce and tomato

Recipe Variations

No need to stop with just tomato and lettuce for toppings. Try these:

  • Pickle slices
  • Sliced onions
  • Cheese
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Dairy Queen Dude Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich

You are going to love this copycat for the Dairy Queen Dude, it is a chicken fried steak sandwich. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy Queen Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 544kcal


  • 4 4 ounce tenderized beef cutlets – you can use top sirloin, cube steak, round steak
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 8 slices tomatoes
  • 8 pieces iceberg lettuce
  • 4 tablespooons mayonnaise
  • vegetable oil for cooking


  • Preheat oil in a deep skillet to 350 degrees. Add enough oil to cover the bottom 1 1/2 inches of the pan. Prepare seasoned flour by adding flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Stir dry ingredients together with a fork. In another shallow dish mix together the buttermilk and the water. Season beef cutlets with salt and pepper. 
  • Dredge the meat in the flour, then the buttermilk, and then the flour. Ideally, allow the floured cutlets to rest for 10-15 minutes before cooking. Cook meat cutlets in the hot oil, flip over when the bottom has browned. When both sides are browned remove and allow cooked meat patties to drain on paper towels.
  •  Assemble the sandwich by placing the chicken fried steak patty on the bottom bun, then build by adding 2 sliced tomatoes, and then the lettuce. Spread mayonnaise on the top bun and place the top bun on the sandwich. Variations: You can add pickles and onions, and even a slice of cheese.


Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 728mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Barb A. J.

    I want to try this, b/c I love Chicken Fried Steak. My problem is when I buy Cube Steak at the local grocery store, then follow recipes instructions Mine Turn Out Tough As Shoe Leather. My family doesn’t like White Gravy, so I never do that.
    Is there a way of making sure they will be fork tender ? Help Please ! Thanks !

    • Stephanie Manley

      I am not sure what is going on there, you might want to sprinkle on some meat tenderizer before making this. If the meat that you buy is made from a round roast is may be tougher, if your meat department was making those steaks from say leaner parts of chuck steak they would be more tender. If you want it to be fork tender, I think a meat tenderizer product would be the way to go.

  2. Lost in Translation

    5 stars
    This displaced Texan thanks you for this recipe. My bestie and I used to ride our horses thru the drive-thru at the DQ in tiny little Bishop, TX when I was growing up. I’m tellin ya, the Dude Abides!!

  3. Jimmy

    The chuckwagon sandwich that I loved from the Dairy Queen in Appomattox, VA was, I think,
    made from veal and not chicken. It was delicious ! Can’t find any reference to it now. Anyone
    else have a similar memory of it?

  4. Cherrell Nelson

    The dq I worked at in Nacogdoches 40 years ago used the liquid ice cream mix to dip the frozen patties in before dredging in the flour mix

  5. Timmy!

    I was under the impression, from having ingested many a Dude sandwich in my day, that the dressing of choice was a “Miracle Whip” sort of thing, not regular mayo. Perhaps that “twang” comes from the buttermilk in the batter though. I had not know/given any thought to that being the case. I’m off to DQ now to test my theory!

  6. Wolfsbane

    “you can’t have a full on chicken fried steak at any meal”

    Who says? If you live in the South or places in the West you can.

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