Deconstructed Burger

Fall has arrived and you may be squeezing in a backyard BBQ or two before the cold weather follows.  As I’ve mentioned before, bento-ing is great for utilizing your leftovers and there’s nothing better than a thick and juicy burger from the grill – but how would you fit such a monstrosity in your bento the next day?  Deconstruct it!

DeconstructedBurger

Don’t be afraid to pack your bento in pieces and assemble it at lunch!  Not only does it save space, but you avoid soggy bread (or buns in this case) and you can choose which parts of your meal to heat up.  For instance, I want a hot burger patty with melted cheese, but I don’t want my veggies heated up.   In my bento, I packed what I want to microwave on the top (meat, cheese, bun), and left the items I want to keep cool on the bottom – it’s that simple.

Another trick to try is freezing your condiment packets the night before and throwing them in your bento the morning of – they will act as ice packs to keep your lunch cool without having to use a refrigerator.  By the time lunch rolls around, they will have thawed and be ready to use.

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