How to Dispose of Hamburger Grease?

We all love a good, delicious burger now and then. If you’ve made one yourself on the stovetop, you know how much grease it lets out while being fried. Or if you’ve ever cooked mince beef on a pan you’ve seen firsthand what a greasy affair it is. In most cases, you were probably tempted to pour the grease down the kitchen sink. 

Let me tell you, it’s a bad idea. Hamburger grease is solid at room temperature and pouring it down the sink is certainly bad for the pipes.

In this article, I will explain how to properly dispose of hamburger grease, and there certainly is a wrong way to dispose of it, I shall explain in detail what not to do. Lastly, I will explain how to reuse and recycle hamburger grease and why it’s important to do so whenever possible. 

How to Dispose of Hamburger Grease?

The best way to dispose of hamburger grease is to throw the fat into the general trash bin. This is because hamburger grease like all other cooking fats and oils is considered general waste. 

The leftover grease on the pan after frying burger patties or hamburger meat should be cooled down first. Beef fat hardens at room temperature, once it hardens you can just use a spatula to scrape off the fat and toss it in the trash. 

For large amounts of fat, you should store it in a used yogurt container or any other disposable plastic container. It makes the most sense to pour the grease into the pot when it’s warm and make sure it’s not very hot. Hot grease will melt the plastic and cause a mess. 

After you pour the grease into the pot, close the lid and keep it in the freezer. Continue filling the container until it’s full. You can toss the full container into the trash. 

After pouring the grease off of the pan, wipe the surface of the pan with a paper towel to remove any remaining grease from the pan. Throw out the paper towel in the trash. 

How not to dispose of Hamburger Grease: 

The most important thing you should keep in mind is that you absolutely should never, ever pour hamburger grease down the drain. Because it will solidify and cling to the walls of the pipes. This will cost you a hefty plumber’s bill you can easily avoid. 

Even if your pipe is not clogged, it may cause trouble for the wastewater pipes later on and harm the city’s wastewater system. 

The fat that clings to your pipe’s walls will restrict water flow and water will take longer to drain out. On top of that, the rancid smell of decomposing hamburger grease may come out of your kitchen sink. Even if you have a garbage disposal, do not throw hamburger grease down your kitchen sink, or any drain for that matter. 

Refrain from trying to compost your grease as well. It’s bad for your compost pile for many reasons. Firstly, beef fat is an animal product and decomposing animal products harbor pathogens. 

The heat in the compost pile will not be strong enough to kill these microbes. This risks your health and the health of anyone living around the area with the compost pile. 

Besides harboring pathogens, beef grease may turn to oil at the heat of the compost and restrict the permeability of oxygen in the pile. This will cause aerobic bacteria to die out. Also, animal products attract the attention of wild animals.

There are some instances where tiny amounts of grease are added to a compost pile, but it’s too small an amount and there are strict rules you must abide by while doing so. 

For the same reasons as above, you should also not throw out animal grease onto your yard soil. The pathogens are certainly an issue, but also, the smell of the decomposition is going to cause you and your neighbor discomfort. 

If you’re not thrilled about throwing the grease out and you’d rather find a use for it then keep reading. 

Alternative ways to use hamburger grease: 

Instead of throwing it, there are many things you can do with hamburger grease. 

You can store it in a container for up to a month in the freezer. But before you store it, remember to strain it with a cheesecloth or a fine strainer first to remove all solid bits from it. 

Always check if the grease is smelling off before you use it to make sure you do not accidentally mix it with the food you’re cooking. 

There are many recipes online that use beef fat instead of vegetable oil. It is not safest for your body to eat beef grease on a regular basis. Nevertheless, for an occasional family meal, it won’t hurt to eat a hearty meal. 

If you have a biodiesel company around you, and you have a large container of hamburger grease you want to get rid of, you can contact them about their policy on accepting grease from citizens. 

Even if you don’t have a biodiesel company nearby, there are dozens of culinary ways you can use up your leftover hamburger grease. It is always better for the environment to use up every bit of resource we can instead of throwing things into the trash. 

Conclusion: 

In this article, I explained how to properly dispose of hamburger grease, and there certainly is a wrong way to dispose of it. I explained in detail what not to do. Lastly, I explained how to reuse and recycle hamburger grease and why it’s important to do so whenever possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to Dispose of Hamburger Grease

Can you throw hamburger grease down the drain? 

No, hamburger grease, like all other grease clogs the pipes by clinging to the walls. Grease hardens, this is why it coats the walls of the pipes. This grease then is impossible to wash off with water, so never pour grease down the drain. 

What do you do with grease from meat? 

You can use it as cooking oil for many dishes, you can also make biofuel out of it. If you can’t find a use for it, you can throw it in the general trash. 

Where do you drain grease meat? 

You can drain it using a colander with a pan beneath it on the sink. Make sure the pan is directly under the colander so the grease drops to the pan, it should not be poured down the drain. 

Is it OK to rinse ground meat? 

No, ground meat should not be rinsed raw or cooked. In both cases, you will be washing some fat off the meat and it will go down the drain. 

Can I compost hamburger grease? 

No, hamburger grease should not be composted. Mainly because it is an animal product, and will harbor pathogens while it decomposes. This is bad for the person handling it. 

Can hamburger grease be recycled? 

Yes, it can be reused as cooking fat or as biofuel. 

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