Setting up a kitchen for a fast food business

So you're finally taking the plunge and starting a fast food restaurant – something you've always dreamed of. Congratulations! But before you can start cooking up those mouth-watering hamburgers, you're going to need to outfit your kitchen with the right catering equipment.

Investing in the right kitchen equipment has numerous benefits. It can help you save money if you purchase the right tools from the start, as well as save you loads of time and hard work prepping.

In this blogpost, we'll go over all the must-have appliances for your new fast food eatery, from deep fryers to commercial dishwashers.

 

Get a few good griddles

A griddle is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can have in your kitchen. Not only can you use it to cook burgers, chicken, and veggies, but a griddle also comes in handy for breakfast items, like pancakes and eggs. They are also very easy to clean and take up less space than a stove.

When choosing your cooking equipment, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Look for a commercial-grade griddle that's made for intensive daily use, and is also big enough to accommodate multiple orders at once.

 

Don't forget the deep fryers

No fast food restaurant is complete without a deep deep fryer or two (or even three). Deep fryers are perfect for cooking up all your customers' fried favourites, like French fries, chicken nuggets and mozzarella sticks.

Another benefit is that they'll save you tons of time in the kitchen. No more standing over a hot stove frying things up one by one - with a deep fryer, you can cook multiple items at once. And if you get one with a double basket, you can cook more than one food item at a time.

Keep drinks cool in a drinks fridge

Another important part of a fast food service is your drinks menu. From sodas to juice and everything in between, having a great selection will pull in customers even if they aren’t looking for a full meal.  

You'll need at least one drinks fridge specifically to keep your drinks cold. Make sure you get one that has enough space to store all the different types of drinks you want to offer, plus has enough room to hold extra stock if needed. 

 

Invest heavily in the essentials

The above appliances are a great start, but you'll also need some very basic equipment to store your food in and keep things fresher for longer. When it comes to refrigeration, commercial fridges and commercial freezers are specifically designed to store larger amounts of ingredients than standard models.

They're also great at keeping utility bills down because they are usually very energy efficient. Don’t buy these without first measuring the space you have available and make sure there is enough room to walk around easily.

Of course, no commercial kitchen is complete without a catering dishwashers . At a minimum, you'll want at least one catering dishwasher. This way, your employees can get things cleaned and sparkling within a couple of minutes.

It also means that any pots and pans that need to get back in service can be returned quickly and hygienically. Just be sure to get dishwashing detergent that's specially formulated for commercial dishwashers. This is usually available from the supplier.

Another essential kitchen item for a fast food restaurant is a great work space. Food preparation needs to happen quickly and efficiently, and a stainless steel work table is the ideal place for this to happen. They're very easy to keep clean and are built to last, which is why they're so popular in the hospitality industry.

 

“No commercial kitchen is complete without a catering dishwasher.”

 

There are also a few appliances that are great for saving time and manual labour during prep work. In a fast food restaurant, these can be indispensable. Here are a few extra appliances to consider investing in for your fast food restaurant.

 

Perfect potatoes with a potato peeling machine

A potato peeling machine can take all the manual labour out of prepping potatoes for French fries, hash browns, or any other dish that calls for peeled spuds. In just a couple of minutes, you can peel an entire sack of potatoes with very little effort.

There's also very little waste since the potato peeling machine does such a neat job. It even cleans the potatoes for you at the same time. Last, but not least, you can even peel other vegetables with it, like carrots and beets.

Speedy slicing with a vegetable slicer

If you're doing a lot of veggie prep, a vegetable slicer can save you many painful hours in the kitchen. With this handy appliance, you can quickly and easily slice or dice vegetables for salads, soups, sandwiches, and more.

Vegetable slicers not only let you prepare well in advance, but they also prevent a lot of unnecessary waste. Plus, clean-up is usually a breeze since most vegetable slicers come with dishwasher-safe parts. Look for a slicer that comes with multiple cutting discs so you can prepare your vegetable in a bunch of different ways.

 

Handcrafted hamburgers using a hamburger press

A hamburger press is a great way to make perfectly shaped burgers quickly and easily. With a hamburger press, you'll get uniform patties that cook evenly and are the perfect size for your buns.

Using a hamburger press has a number of benefits. Not only do you avoid working directly with the meat, you also get consistent products. This is both easier and quicker to cook, and it lets you make more precise estimations about how much meat you need to buy.

These are just a few essential appliances to get you started on stocking your fast food kitchen with the right appliances. Of course, every restaurant is different so you may need to tailor your equipment list to your own specific needs.

With these basics on hand, you'll be well on your way to a thriving food business. Just remember to keep things clean and organised, and you'll be sure to please even the most demanding customers.