Okay, you have decided that you want to own a food truck as opposed to a brick and mortar building. But what type of food truck should you run? The great thing about this booming industry is that there is more versatility here than you might think. People are selling custom pastries and gourmet waffles as well as the usual food truck fare like hot dogs and steak sandwiches. You really have a lot of options available to you.
The key is to go with the type of food that you love to eat and that you are good at cooking. If you are in love with burgers than think about starting a burger food truck.
Here are the top benefits of starting a burger food truck:
Who doesn’t love burgers?
Burgers are as Americana as you can get and most people love a good burger for lunch or dinner or even a late night snack. When choosing to offer burgers, fries and other typical burger joint fare, you can feel confident that you will be able to find a large customer base. Even the pickiest of eaters can find something of a burger joint menu. You can even offer vegetarian and healthier salad options for those who are more health conscious.
Burger menu easy to cook in a truck
When you are picking your menu for your food truck, one of your key considerations always should be, can these food dishes be easily cooked in a food truck? There are space issues and equipment issues in food trucks so you don’t want to plan these really complicated dishes that are just not practical to make in a small truck. Luckily, burgers, fries, even chicken sandwiches are easy to make in the confines of a truck and don’t require a lot of expensive culinary equipment.
Still a lot of room for creativity
While burger food trucks and restaurants might seem all cookie cutter, they do come in different shapes and sizes. Some pride themselves on only using organic meat and are very conscious of their energy footprint; others focus on gourmet burgers and still others might just want to provide fast food versions of the burger.
When you know your burgers, you know that not every burger is alike. Each recipe has some twists and turns that bring extra flavor to the burger so don’t feel like you can’t put your culinary passions to use with a burger food truck. It is the skill of the chef that makes the burger.
A burger truck adapts easily to different events
Burger menus also adapt easily to different kinds of events that you might want to take your food truck to. A street festival? A baseball game? Besides the normal fare of burgers, fries, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches, if you have the right equipment you can also offer milkshakes, ice cream and other sweet desserts
Easy to join a burger franchise like Zac’s Burgers
Many burger franchisors are getting into the food truck business so now you can own a food truck from your favorite burger franchise. By joining a franchise, you have the security of offering the food of an established brand that people love already. Also most burger franchisors like Zac’s Burgers will offer support which will be indispensable to those who are new to the food truck and restaurant businesses.
When you buy a food truck from a franchisor like Zac’s Burgers who has locations in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, not only do you get a preset menu but you can also take advantage of their brand power. Zac’s Burgers is known for being a family-owned business that treats its customers like family. They pride themselves on delicious made-to-order meals and friendly service at a reasonable price. All the food is made fresh with the highest quality ingredients and with unique twists like wacky zacky sauce.
Zac’s Burgers menu includes different types of burgers (hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon hamburgers, bacon cheeseburger, bacon mozzarella cheeseburgers, mushroom and swiss burgers, Zac’s double burger with cheese and veggie burgers. Zac’s also offers wings, chicken sandwiches (fried, grilled, buffalo fried, buffalo grilled, grilled chicken caesar), flounder sandwich, crab cake sandwich, hot dog and hot sausage sandwich. The menu is pretty expansive.
For the more health conscious, there are also plenty of salads on the menu like Erin’s Favorite Fried Chicken Salad and Pete’ Greek Salad, BLT salad and Buffalo Chicken salad.
As a Zac’s Burger food truck, you can also sell other burger joint favorites like chicken fingers, French fries, waffle fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks and thick hand-dipped milkshakes.
Follow these tips for opening a food truck
Whether you decide to go the burger food truck or not, here are some tips for opening a food truck:
Consider all your startup costs for your food truck.
Make sure it will be financially feasible. Some possible costs include permits, licensing and insurance, cost of truck, inventory, commissary fees and upkeep and maintenance of the truck.
When getting your truck, consider all your options.
You can buy or rent. Buy used or get a custom build-out. It all depends on what makes sense for you financially.
Set up a commissary.
All food trucks are required to have an off-site kitchen where they can prep food, clean all their equipment and store food properly.
Get your food safety certifications in order.
Your food truck is required to have a food safety certified employee on board at all times so make sure you and all your employees have been certified before you hit the road.
Fill out all the paperwork that goes into owning a food truck.
The first thing you need to do is find out all the food truck laws in the area you want to operate in and fill out the application with your local health department to get all the necessary licenses and permits. A health inspector will also come out to inspect your food truck and your commissary.