Everything You Need to Know about Cleaning Your Burger Press

Although burger presses make the perfect burgers, cleaning hamburger presses could be a quite task.

I hate to break it to you, but not everything should go into the dishwasher. You have to clean some parts by hand. Moreover, cleaning is not enough!

You have to sanitize them, and not with just any sanitizer! Well, be it a plastic or stainless steel burger press, thorough cleaning is imperative.

If you plan to grill some delicious burgers this summer or you have a huge barbecue coming, you should definitely have  a hamburger press.

Whether you are a burger specialist with numerous orders or you just like making burgers for friends, there are multiple burger presses to suit your needs.

The home cook hamburger presses are mostly made of plastic while the commercial kitchen burger presses are made of aluminum and stainless steel.

The commercial burger presses have handles for smoother operation. You can explore your creativity coming up with mixings and ways to spice up your patties with flavors and peppers.

Plastic burger presses are easier to clean since you could use a dishwasher but aluminum and stainless steel burger presses need  in-depth cleaning.

Nonetheless, the dishwasher may not be very thorough. You may have to clean the plastic burger presses once in a while, by hand.

Effective steps to clean burger press: 

• Pull the plunger end off upwards. It could be quite tight, and you may use some force.

• Remove the spring.

• Remove the press plate. It could also come off on its own but make sure you smoothly remove it.

• Clean each of the parts you end up with including the main body or molding, the bottom tray, the spring, the press plate and the plunger handle.

The spring should be washed by hand to make sure you thoroughly clean all corners and curves while the other parts could be washed by hand or using a dishwasher in the top rack.

Steps to Clean a hamburger press plate

Being the most vulnerable part; the patty press should be appropriately cleaned to wipe away any food borne pathogens and contaminants that could cause illnesses or even death.

• Start by removing the wax paper from the paper holder.

• To disassemble the patty press, begin by removing the paper holder.

• Loosen the thumb screw in the lower side of the paper holder and make sure not to lose the thumb screw.

• Unscrew the top plate press knob and remove the top plate for cleaning.

• Press the bottom plate to release; the right side of the plate inward.

• From the base, unscrew the whole forming dish.

• Separate the press plate from the forming bowl for easier cleaning.

• Soak the parts, clean, rinse and sanitize.

• Let them to air dry.

To remove any debris, any food particles, oil or grease, wipe all the other surfaces of the burger press with a cloth soaked with detergent. Using a mild sanitizer, sanitize the entire burger press surface.

Sanitizer for your burger press

The most common sanitizers in the market are the chlorine-based sanitizers and the QUAT based sanitizers.

Due to their low prices, Chlorine-based sanitizers may seem suitable. It is, however, inadvisable to use these sanitizers on your burger press.

Just like the QUAT based sanitizers, they kill bacteria and germs on contact, but chlorine is way harmful. It will rust your burger press, damage your fabric and dry your skin. Chlorine also has an obnoxious smell, making it more unsuitable.

Conversely, QUAT based sanitizers are made of Quaternary Ammonium cat-ions (QA) and are better.

They kill germs and bacteria within ten seconds of contact, and they do not lose their sanitization capability. It does not matter how long you use the sanitizer or how often.

Unlike chlorine sanitizers, QUAT based sanitizers are tender on your burger press, skin, fabric and any other material.

They also have a very mild smell, making them unnoticeable and fit for sanitizing your burger press. Compared to the chlorine based sanitizers, you will pay more for a QUAT based sanitizer.

Nonetheless, the sanitizer is more cost-effective because unlike chlorine sanitizers that flash off soon after mixing the solution, QA has a higher dilution rate. For every portion of QA, you may have approximately 256 to 512 portions of water.

More so, for 1 gallon of QUAT based sanitizer, you can make up to 500 gallons of a sanitizing solution.

Although the QUAT based sanitizer is efficient, using accurate measurement could be a challenge. In this light, too much sanitizer may cause residues which could affect the burgers’ taste.

Furthermore, too little sanitizer may not effectively kill germs, bacteria, viruses and other contaminants. Hence, carefully follow the instructions and if you need any clarification, consult the vendor or a chemical professional.

Using sanitizers in place of detergents is a huge mistake since sanitizers are only essential for killing germs, viruses, and bacteria.

They do not get rid of grease, oil, and stains, making them inefficient cleaners. Therefore, before sanitization, the burger press should be thoroughly cleaned using a suitable detergent.

What's Next?

Cleaning a burger press should be a walk in the park. The trick is disassembling it and washing everything apart.

This should be easy but some areas, such as screw holes, are quite tricky to clean. This should however not be a milestone. You could improvise using a cotton bud or swab to rub through the opening.

Using a QUAT based sanitizer, sanitize after washing, to kill any germs, bacteria, and viruses that could cause illness. Advisably, clean the burger press before storage and before use.

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