Are you serving the best burgers in town? Then you need the best burger packaging too! It’s not just about having the best burger boxes, either. There are plenty of other considerations to make, like what packaging you’ll use for fries, sides, sauces and drinks.
This guide will help you find the best, most sustainable packaging for your restaurant, burger van, street food stall or dark kitchen. Let’s go!
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Getting Started: Burger Box Sizes
Burgers come in all shapes and sizes, from sandwiches and sliders to double or triple-deckers. This can make packaging your patties a challenge, and that’s before you’ve factored in the other things you’ll need to give your customers an unforgettable experience, like greaseproof paper and paper bags.
No matter what your menu looks like, you need the right packaging to ensure your customers enjoy their burgers while they’re hot and fresh, not cold or — even worse — soggy.
Here’s a guide to burger boxes and the materials and sizes for different food products:
|Best For||We Recommend|
|4×4″ (10x10cm)||Small Burgers
(e.g. Sliders, Bao Buns)
|5×5″ (12x12cm)||Premium Burgers
(e.g. Hamburgers, Double Cheeseburgers, Triple Cheeseburgers)
|9.5×4.5″ (244x122cm)||Large Premium Burgers and Meals
(e.g. Salads, Meals, Hot Dogs, Kebabs, Burritos)
|6×6″ (15x15cm)||Regular Burgers
(e.g. Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Quarter Pounders)
|9×6″ (23x15cm)||Large Burgers and Meals
(e.g. Salads, Meals, Hot Dogs, Kebabs, Burritos)
|8×8 ″(20x20cm)||Extra Large Burgers
(e.g. Oversized Burgers, Loaded Burgers)
|9×6″ (23x15cm) with Compartments||Regular Burgers with a Side
(e.g. Burgers with Fries or Sides)
Each of these burger boxes has unique benefits thanks to implementing various eco-friendly materials and design configurations.
Check out our entire range of sustainable hot food packaging.
Different Materials for Burger Boxes
Once you know which burger boxes you need for your items, you must consider the materials and design that best suit your brand and budget.
Below, we’ve outlined the most popular styles of burger boxes, including our most cost-effective packaging and our premium packaging:
You can customise these burger boxes! Get in touch for a free design quote.
Can You Recycle Burger Boxes?
Most burger boxes are recyclable, but only if they’re unspoilt. Boxes stained with grease or oil won’t be accepted by local authorities for recycling. If the material has been contaminated, you should dispose of this kind of packaging in general waste.
This creates a pretty clear problem — the best burgers are dripping with cheese and saturated with sauce, making it almost impossible to preserve the packaging. That’s why it’s a good idea to use greaseproof paper to wrap your burgers or line burger boxes. This will help maximise recyclability and keep your planet-positive packaging intact.
If you opt for bagasse burger boxes, it’s important to note that they aren’t recyclable. This packaging material degrades naturally in as little as 90 days under the right conditions. As such, the material cannot be recycled or repurposed.
Instead, bagasse packaging can be composted domestically or commercially, even when spoilt. If all else fails, they can be thrown in general waste without leaving your customers feeling guilty. This packaging will degrade naturally into totally organic, non-toxic elements.
The Benefits of Using Cardboard Burger Boxes
While the number of retail outlets is falling, there are significantly more fast-food restaurants on the high street. With more rivals to contend with, it’s harder to make your brand stand out. One of the ways to differentiate yourself from the competition on a budget is through sustainable packaging.
There are numerous advantages to using cardboard food packaging for burgers and other hot food products:
Cardboard Is a Sustainable Material
Cardboard is made from paper, and since the paper is derived from trees, it’s naturally renewable since trees can be replanted. Our packaging — including our Kraft burger boxes — is crafted using materials from responsibly managed forests. Opting for cardboard packaging is much greener than using plastic packaging like polystyrene clamshell boxes, like those banned by Scotland in 2022.
Durability and Functionality
Our food-grade cardboard is 100% safe for use with all kinds of food items. The fluted cardboard and Kraft board we use can easily withstand the weight of even the heftiest burgers without tearing or collapsing. Thanks to some neat design additions like lock-in tabs and foldable lids, our burger packaging is excellent for speedy over-the-counter service.
Convenience and Practicality
Portability is essential for takeaway packaging. Your burgers need to be easy to transport, either via over-the-counter service or delivery. This makes cardboard an obvious choice for all burger boxes, pizza boxes and takeaway food carriers. Cardboard might be lightweight, but it will effectively insulate its contents, keeping food hot and fresh until it’s ready to eat.
Cardboard Is Easy to Dispose Of
Cardboard is easily recyclable at home, but if spoiled, it’s also easy to dispose of responsibly. Cardboard can be composted at home or an industrial facility and decompose naturally, hundreds of years faster than any plastic packaging.
Moreover, cardboard is easy to print, giving you a range of branded packaging options for a whole host of packaging products and accessories. If you’re not ready for printed packaging, the natural finish of our stock packaging is an excellent choice for eco-conscious brands.
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Case Study: Smash ‘n’ Slide Burgers
We helped Smash ‘n’ Slide create packaging that packs a punch! The custom printed greaseproof paper we produced features a vibrant repeating pattern on a deep black background, complementing their indulgent burgers with bold branding.
Greaseproof paper is highly versatile and can be used for various applications. This is handy if you’re selling more than just burgers — you can use it to line Kraft food trays for things like loaded nachos and fries.
The best part is that our greaseproof paper is eco-friendly. It’s not like traditional papers that have a silicone coating. Instead, our product is created using 100% virgin pulp and is manufactured with a specialised oil protection system of tightly compacted fibres. This makes it impervious to oil, grease, fat and moisture without needing a silica-based coating — a win-win for your customers and the environment.
Interested in branded packaging? Get in touch for a free design quote.
Eco-Friendly Accessories for Burger Restaurants
Now that more single-use plastics are set to be banned in the UK, including plastic plates, cups and cutlery, businesses in the food service sector need to find alternatives for all sorts of everyday products, and fast.
Here are a few eco-friendly essentials that can help you get ahead of the game before more single-use plastic items are banned:
Branded Burger Boxes, Bags and More
Want to give your burger packaging a boost? Branded food boxes and custom printed greaseproof paper give you a cost-effective way to promote your business locally and via social media. Our custom printed paper bags are also an excellent choice if you want to maximise brand exposure in your local area.
At Takeaway Packaging, we create fully customised packaging that protects the planet. We use water and vegetable-based inks to print vibrant designs and organic, eco-friendly materials that won’t compromise your brand’s environmental values.