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Get Cooking in the Great Outdoors

MAG-LPAGA30-2Memorial Day is a good indicator that the weather is (finally) breaking. By now, you’re getting your table and chairs out of storage, umbrellas unrolled, and outdoor patios, sidewalk cafes, and beer gardens are gearing up to open for business.  While residential grade grills are used for seasonal outdoor cooking, they have a hard time standing up to general wear and tear of the elements and daily use.

A fun alternative for foodservice operators with patios and outdoor seating is preparing some or all meals ordered outdoors….well, outdoors. Many places already have an outdoor bar, so why not consider purchasing a portable commercial grill? Much of this depends on your menu, of course, but the option to open up your outdoor seating and grilling burgers and brats is exciting! Portable commercial grills are also beneficial for taking your food (and brand) on the road to local sporting events, festivals, county fairs, or other offsite catering events.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers a wide variety of portable grills including propane and charcoal, steel top or chrome plated, and different sizes to suit your needs. Start shopping for your best summer today!

Equipment You Need for a Fish Fry!

Fried_Fish_and_French_FriesEaster is upon us and that means the Lenten season is in full fish fry mode. Fish fries have long been a staple in communities across the Unites States. Luckily, they’re low maintenance affairs that require just a few pieces of equipment – whether you’re doing them in your restaurant or at your church. Here’s what you’ll need for a successful fish fry:

The Fish: You will need a dry whitefish that is easy to coat with a thick batter and stays in one piece once it’s in the fryer. Varieties such as cod, tilapia, and halibut are great choices for a fish fry.

Equipment for Your Fish Fry: If you have access to one, a commercial fryer will work best for your fish fry. Commercial deep fryers are available in a variety of sizes and as gas fryers and electric fryers to meet your kitchen’s needs.

If you are feeding a large crowd and do not have access to a commercial deep fryer, consider a countertop commercial fryer. Countertop fryers are user friendly and efficient while requiring only a fraction of the space of a traditional commercial deep fryer. They’re also great for appetizers!

You might also consider an outdoor fryer. You can easily fry fish, French fries, and more with an outdoor fryer. Look for a model with at least two baskets so you can keep up with large servings. As an added convenience, typically the fryer tank will detach from its stand so you can transport it anywhere.

Finally, you’ll need fry baskets so your fish can be safely lowered into your fryers. Be sure to check the measurements of the basket before purchasing to assure that it will fit in your frying space.

Pro Tip: If you’re going to deep fry, I recommend peanut or canola because they have the ability to get hot enough to give your fish a nice, golden brown crisp without starting to smoke. Corn and soybean are also good oils; however they will break down quickly, especially at the 350ºF to 425ºF temps you need for a good solid crisp on your deep fried fish.

A Jigg’s Dinner Recipe for Beginners

St Patricks Day CatAh, St. Patrick’s Day! Is there anyone that doesn’t love this holiday? This year, I’ve decided to retire the green bear and shamrock shaped sunglasses, for a traditional Jigg’s Dinner. For those of you who don’t know, Jiggs’ Dinner – also known as boiled dinner – is a traditional meal that consists of salt beef, various root veggies, pea pudding, and more often than not, some kind of dessert.

In light of my ignorance to the whole affair, and with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be interesting to see what it was all about. I mean, “boiled dinner,” how hard could it be? As it turns out, much harder than you might think if you want the real Newfoundland version. In addition, I have a strong aversion to meat that comes in a can, as salt beef does.

Luckily, I found a New England version that requires just one pot and consists of corned beef or plain beef brisket with cabbage, carrots and potatoes. Below you’ll find the very beginner-friendly recipe I intent to follow this St. Paddy’s Day.


1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (3 pounds)

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

2 bay leaves

2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered

3 medium carrots, quartered

1 medium onion, cut into 6 wedges

1 small head green cabbage, cut into 6 wedges

Prepared horseradish or mustard, optional


  1. Place the brisket and contents of spice packet in a Dutch oven. Add the peppercorns, bay leaves and enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours or until meat is almost tender.
  2. Add potatoes, carrots and onion; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add cabbage, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Discard bay leaves and peppercorns. Thinly slice meat; serve with vegetables and horseradish or mustard if desired.

Yield: 6 servings.

New! Low Price Guarantee from Burkett!

Low Price GuaranteeIf you find a lower price from another authorized Foodservice Distributor for the product you want, we’ll match their price (including delivery fees) before your order! Here’s how it works:

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New! Equipment Leasing from Burkett Restaurant Equipment

LeasingBurkett is now offering our customers the opportunity to get the equipment you need, for an affordable monthly price. We’ve partnered with LEASEstation to offer financing on all of our new equipment. Applying is easy and there’s no obligation.

Why should you lease?

The Payments are Affordable – Choose from a variety of payment terms to ensure the best fit for your business. Terms range from 24 to 60 months. We also offer Variable Payments that can be matched to seasonal cash flow variations and other budget limitations.

It’s 100% Tax Deductible – An IRS Tax Code allows your business to deduct the full purchase price for the equipment you’re financing in the current tax year. You essentially get a year of equipment tax free!

Get More for Your Money – Leasing your equipment minimizes initial costs and allows you to earn profits from your new equipment faster.

Keep Lines of Credit Open – Keep potential lines of credit open for financial emergencies and use leasing to help build your credentials with any bank.

Avoid Bank Restrictions – Leases do not include blanket liens, restrictive covenants, rate escalator clauses, “call anytime” provisions, compensating balance requirements, or many of the other surprises related to traditional lending arrangements.

Financial Reporting Advantages – We can structure leases to meet FASB requirements for “off balance sheet” accounting.

If equipment leasing sounds like the right solution for you, applying is easy. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Learn more at Click “Apply Now” and fill out the credit application. You can be approved today!
  2. You will receive a verification call from LEASEstation to review your financing package tailored just for you.
  3. LEASEstation will email your lease documents directly to you where you can sign and return – ALL ONLINE. You’ll never have to chase a fax or overnight documents.
  4. You’re done and your equipment will soon be shipping to you!

Gift Guide for the Burger Aficionado

A Meat Grinder VOL-40743-2

A meat grinder you say? Yes, I do, and here’s why: grinding your own meat gives you better flavor, better texture, and it’s safer. A dedicated meat grinder is your best option if you’re planning on grinding on a regular basis, so put your food processor aside. If you own a mixer, most companies offer attachments. For the true burger aficionado, a standalone meat grinder like this one from Vollrath offers you the power to grind over 200lbs. of burger per hour.

Squeeze Bottles 352401-2

Let’s face it; if you’re grinding your own meat, you know exactly how you like to dress your burger. The best way to avoid a mess and store any homemade condiments is in these plastic squeeze bottles. They’re affordable and give you that authentic diner feel.

A Hamburger Turner 353062-2

Also known as a spatula, but that’s not nearly as festive, is it? This stainless steel turner is strong enough to keep your burger pressed to the griddle to perfectly sear your patty. Plus, it’s made of sturdy stainless steel that will last forever and hold up against the highest heat.

Commercial Salt Shaker 357473-2

When you’re working fast, seasoning that 200lbs. of burger you just grinded, you’ll really benefit from having a high volume salt shaker. These stainless steel shakers are exactly what you see at diners and drive-thrus all over the country. They’re perfect for rapidly and evenly coating your food with a dusting of salt.

A Griddle Pan VOL-77530-2

This non-stick aluminum griddle pan is a great surface for retaining high heat and getting a nice sear on your hamburger. It’s durable and a welcome addition to any kitchen. While the deep-walled cast iron skilled is the more common pan for burgers, we prefer the shallow sides of the griddle pan which give you a little more leverage when smashing and scraping up patties.

Cyber Week Sale!


Cyber-WeekCyber Week is here! If you missed our deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t sweat it! We’re extending our extraordinary savings for the rest of the week. Shop now via phone, online or in store and get FREE SHIPPING on qualifying orders!

Great Savings at Burkett Restaurant Equipment!

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84″ x 30″ Stainless Steel Work Table w/Glass Filler Water Station…Used: $175
Scotsman BH1300 1400 Lb. Ice Bin …New: $3105 Used: $975
Continental SW60-BS 60″ 2 Door Worktop Refrigerator…Used: $1195
Carrier MC1100 2 Sliding Glass Door Merchandiser Refrigerator..Used: $1295
Garland SX-10-2626 60″ 10 Burner Gas Range, 2 Standard Ovens…Used: $1975
Blodgett DFG-100 Double Deck Gas Convection Oven..New: $15229 Used: $3195

Great Deals for Your Kitchen!


Find the perfect commercial cooking equipment for your kitchen today at Burkett Restaurant Equipment. Every piece of certified pre-owned restaurant equipment we sell goes through rigorous testing prior to becoming available to our customers. Our process, start-to-finish, includes: cleaning, inspection and diagnosis, repair, testing and retesting. All of the used cooking equipment that you see on our site comes with a standard 90 day parts and labor warranty so you can rest assured that you’re purchasing a quality product!

Garland 36ET33-88 36″ 2 Burner Electric Range, 24″ Griddle…Used: $975
Savory RT2MBK Electric Conveyor Toaster…Used: $350
Vollrath 40720 24″ Manual Control Gas Griddle…Closeout: $645
Bakers Pride 452 Double Deck Gas Pizza Deck Oven…New:$17,373 Used: $7,995
Magikitch’n MAG-FM-RMB-660 60″ Radiant Gas Charbroiler…Closeout: $5,820
Vollrath 40700 Cheesemelter…Closeout: $560

New Items Added!

We’ve been busy! Burkett is adding more products to our website, allowing you to find everything you need at  With over 500 products added this month alone, you’ll be able to purchase all of your foodservice equipment in one stop! We have recently added inventory from Garland and Hamilton Beach, as well as small appliances from Panasonic. You’ll also see new ice cream and gelato cabinets and display cases from Master-Built. New ice bins, dispensers, filters and other ice machine accessories by Scotsman have been added too. Finally, we have everything you need from BK Resources, including: warewashing items, furniture, food storage, and worktables and stands.  What are you waiting for? Click over to Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies and start shopping today!

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