How To Microwave McDonald’s Burger

McDonald’s has tons of options to satisfy your hunger. But, sometimes you buy more McDonald’s burgers than you need. And knowing how to microwave McDonald’s burgers can help you in situations like this.

When I was in college, I used to buy multiple McDonald’s burgers at once to save time. And then reheat them for a few days.

I will not lie. Sometimes the burgers came out amazing. However, the other times it was a complete disaster. No one wants to eat dry buns and cold patty, right?

So, I started experimenting with microwaving McDonald’s burgers. And finally found the perfect way to reheat the McDonald’s burger in a microwave.

The process is simple and needs little to no extra equipment. But you need to follow these steps correctly to get the best results.

Shall we begin?

Can you microwave a McDonald’s burger?

Yes, you can microwave a McDonald’s burger. Microwaving the McDonald’s burger is one of the easiest and quickest ways to reheat it.

According to USDA safe handling procedures, food containing meat or dairy is perishable. In other words, the McDonald’s burger should eat it within 2 hours.

Alternatively, a frozen McDonald’s burger can last for 3-4 days. However, if the burgers are not frozen correctly, they can go bad.

Ensure that the McDonald’s burger you are trying to reheat was either 2 hours ago. If the burger is 3-4 days old, do not eat it. Unless you kept it in an airtight container at a low temperature.

How do you microwave a McDonald’s burger?

To microwave McDonald’s burgers,

  1. If the McDonald’s burger was in the freezer, let it thaw on the counter for 10 minutes. At this point, do not take off its wrapper.
  2.  After 10 minutes, remove the wrapper and disassemble the burger.
  3.  Place the burger patty on a microwave-safe dish and heat for 1 minute on a low setting.
  4.  Now flip over the patty and let it microwave for another minute.
  5.  Check if the patty is warm.
  6.  If it still feels cold, microwave it for 30 seconds intervals until it is done.
  7.  Next up, wrap the McDonald’s burger bun with a damp paper towel.
  8.  Microwave it for 1 minute on a low setting.
  9.  If the bun is not reheated yet, microwave it for 30 seconds intervals until it is warm.

Now that all the steps are done, you can reassemble the burger and enjoy it.

This process sounds too complicated, right? Well, it isn’t if you keep one thing in mind.

Always disassemble the McDonald’s burger before microwaving it. The reason behind this is simple. The McDonald’s burger patty and the bun take a different amount of time to microwave.

So, if you put the entire burger in two things can happen. Either the bun will be too dry, or the patty will be cold.

How long does it take to microwave a McDonald’s burger?

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The amount of time it takes to microwave a McDonald’s burger depends on a few factors. But, generally, you can microwave the McDonald’s burger within 5 minutes.

However, keep in mind that this time is only for microwaving time. The time it takes to disassemble and thaw the McDonald’s burger is not included.

What do I mean by the microwaving process?

For example, I recommend disassembling the burger before microwaving it. It seems like a long process, but it reduces the microwave time. On top of that, disassembling the McDonald’s burger also allows it to microwave evenly.

The thickness of the McDonald’s burger patty also determines the microwaving time. A medium-sized patty takes around 2 minutes to microwave. However, a thicker patty will take 2-4 minutes to reheat.

Similarly, the size and state of the burger bun can also change the microwaving time. For example, a small size thawed bun takes 1 minute to microwave. However, it will take longer to reheat in the microwave if you forget to thaw the burger bun beforehand.

Lastly, a low-wattage microwave takes around 4 minutes to reheat the burger patty. But, a high wattage microwave takes less than 2 minutes for the same process.

How do you know when a McDonald’s burger is microwaved?

When a McDonald’s burger is done cooking, the most obvious sign is its temperature. The internal temperature of the McDonald’s burger patty should be 165 °F. And the internal temperature of the burger bun should be 37 °F or higher.

Use a food-grade thermometer. It helps to see the accurate temperature of the McDonald’s burger patty. This tool allows us to check the internal temperature of food items.

However, if you do not have a food-grade thermometer, you can just touch the patty to check its temperature. Cutting the patty in half is also a great way to check if it has warmed up thoroughly.

You can check the doneness of the burger bun by using the same trick. Just touch the bun and check if it is warm enough to eat. 

Tips to Microwave McDonald’s Burger

The process of microwaving McDonald’s burgers contains multiple steps. Hence, there is a higher chance of accidentally messing up the process.

However, the following tips will help you microwave McDonald’s burgers perfectly.

  1. Take out the McDonald’s burger from its packaging. The McDonald’s burger is not suitable for microwaving and can cause hazards.
  2. Always disassemble the McDonald’s burger before microwaving. This will fasten the reading process and help you save time.
  3. Use a food-grade thermometer to check the internal temperature of the patty. If the party hasn’t reached 165 °F, it is not suitable for easting.
  4. Wrap the McDonald’s burger bun in a damp kitchen towel. The moisture prevents the McDonald’s burger bun from drying out.
  5.  After the burger is microwaved, you can wrap it in aluminum foil. The aluminum foil will prevent the burger from getting cold.

Frequently Asked Question

 Here are some frequently asked questions about microwaving McDonald’s burgers.

Can you microwave Mcdonald’s burger in the wrapper?

I do not recommend microwaving the McDonald’s burger wrapper. It contains a grease-resistant coating can. And McDonald’s burger wrapper also contains PFCs, which are toxic.

But what if there is no other option?

In that case, you can microwave the McDonald’s burger with its wrapper. However, ensure not to microwave it for more than 30 seconds intervals.

Can you reheat a McDonald’s burger the next day?

Yes, you can reheat the McDonald’s burger the next day. However, keep the McDonald’s burger at a low temperature in an airtight container. According to the USDA safe handling procedures, meat and dairy are perishable. Hence, they should be kept at a low temperature.

You should also check the McDonald’s burger carefully. If the McDonald’s burger has any dark spots or a weird smell, it is not safe for reheating.

How to store reheated McDonald’s burgers?

I do not advise to store reheat McDonald’s burgers. However, if you cannot finish it, then place it in an airtight container and keep it at a low temperature.

You can use a fridge to store the McDonald’s burgers as well. But ensure the refrigerator is cold enough to prevent the growth of bacteria.

It is also good to freeze the bun and the patty for the McDonald’s burger separately. You would not need to remove the McDonald’s burger from the wrapper during the microwaving process.

Final Words

Now you know how to microwave McDonald’s burgers. This means that you will never have to eat a dry and cold burger from the inside.

But. Before you leave, remember to disassemble the McDonald’s burger before microwaving it. And microwave the McDonald’s burger bun and patty separately. Because both of these things reheat at different temperatures.

Lastly, always cover the McDonald’s burger bun with a damp paper towel. The moisture from the towel will prevent the bun from drying out.

Let’s turn on the microwave and heat some McDonald’s burgers.

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