How to Start Peanut Burger Business – Production & Marketing Guide

Peanut burger making is one of the trending lucrative groundnut businesses these days, just like chin chin. You can start up the business in a very small scale at first and then improve with time. Peanut burger is simply a snack made mainly from groundnut, flour and some other ingredients. If you have been looking for where you can learn how to make peanut burger, you are at the right place. I will teach from the practical approach because peanut snack making is one of my side businesses. You will learn how to prepare, package and market this snack in a small scale from this tutorial article. I will also show you how to start the business in medium or large scale.

how to start up peanut burger business of any scale

Small Scale Peanut Snack Business Advice

There are some tips you need to know before embarking fully into this business.

  1. Always start any business in small scale. This is because not all businesses favour everybody. So if you wish to quit the business tomorrow, there would not be much loss. 20,000 naira can get you started.
  2. Generally, small scale businesses don’t yield much capital. So don’t expect to start making millions immediately you start this business. You have to nurture this business, enlarge your market, with time, your profit will rise.
  3. Always have a business plan, even if you are starting on a small scale. Don’t wait until you start on large scale before you develop a business plan. The plan will be like a compass, guiding you, so that you know how fast you are growing, the targets you have achieved and how to improve.
  4. Do a market research and know how other local competitors are branding and packaging their products.
  5. Peanut burger making is not the only small scale business you can start. There are other lucrative business ideas.

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Small Scale Peanut Burger Production Tools and Ingredients

Tools and Requirements

I assume you are starting this business in small scale. I will try to reduce cost for you as much as I can.

You will be needing the following tools or equipment:

  • Stove, gas cooker or even Wood: I prefer gas cylinder because it saves time and cost on the long run. If you are running this business in the village where fire wood is readily available, you can use them as your heat source.
  • A large frying pot: The type that is use for frying garri.
  • A Big Frying Spoon.
  • Big iron sieve.
  • A big hollow bowl: It will be used for the coating. It can be rubber or stainless.
  • Another medium sized bowl for mixing the syrup.
  • 1 big tray: For sorting the groundnut. It can also be rubber of stainless.
  • A space where you will be spreading the coated peanuts while coating more, to avoid stacking. You can spread empty, neat rice or garri sacks there beforehand. The coated peanuts will be spread on top of the sacks.
  • A small pot: for melting the butter.

Ingredients

  • I assume you are starting with a half paint of shelled groundnut (the small sized species). It costs around 1200 per paint.
  • A sachet of milk flavor, vanilla flavor and ground nutmeg, each. They are sold around 50 naira each.
  • Medium sized cooking margarine (butter): I recommend “Kings butter”. It is sold around 200 naira. You will be using half of it.
  • ½ cup of powdered milk
  • 50 Cl. Of hot water, but not at boiling point.
  • 1 cup of sugar. It is sold around 100 naira.
  • 3 medium sized eggs, beaten (you can 1 more for easier smoothness)
  • 2 Liters of Vegetable oil, for frying. I also recommend “Kings vegetable oil”.
  • A paint of flour, for coating. It is sold around 800 naira.

Peanut Burger Making Procedure

I will break the procedure into the following categories: groundnut preparation, syrup preparation, coating process and frying process.

Groundnut Preparation

  1. First, sort the groundnut. Remove the spoilt ones. While sorting the groundnut, put half of the butter in the small pot and melt it over medium heat.
  2. Now pour the groundnut into a hollow big bowl. Add about 2 tbsp. of salt and 2 cups of water.
  3. Allow the groundnut to soak for about 10 minutes. Then sieve them with the big iron sieve. Keep them in the sieve.
  4. Wash and dry the bowl because you will use it for coating.

Preparing the Syrup

  1. Next, pour the milk flavor, vanilla flavor, ground nutmeg, powdered milk and sugar in the medium sized bowl. Mix everything together.
  2. Pour the beaten eggs into the mixture and stir very well until it turns to a thick syrup and the ingredients have properly mixed.
  3. Then pour the melted butter and stir well, until evenly mixed.
  4. Add the water and stir again. This time, stir until every ingredient melts and mixed up well. Congrats! You are through with the syrup preparation.

Peanut Burger Coating Process

  1. Pour about 1 cup of groundnut in the coating bowl. Add about 2 spoons of the syrup. Toss or shake the groundnut in the bowl until the syrup has touched all the groundnut in the bowl.
  2. Now spray a handful of flour on top of the groundnut and shake the bowl vigorously, but carefully so that the groundnut will not pour away. The best way to shake is to make the groundnuts move in a circular direction inside the bowl. Note that the groundnuts might be sticking together. Manually separate them so that they stay individually.
  3. If the coating is looking dry, add a tablespoonful of the syrup. Shake the bowl again so that the syrup touches all the groundnuts. Then spray a handful of flour again and shake the bowl again. Repeat this process step until the flour has smoothly coated the groundnut.
  4. Then pour the coated groundnut on top of the rice or garri sack you spread before now. Spread the coated groundnut to avoid stacking.
  5. Now start another batch of the coating process by repeating the above steps.
  6. Keep working in batches until you have coated all the groundnuts.

Peanut Snack Frying Process

  1. Put the frying pot on top of the lighted stove or gas cooker. Pour the vegetable oil and heat up the oil on High heat.
  2. When the oil has become very hot, pour all the coated groundnuts and start stirring. Stir at interval to make sure the browning is even.
  3. When the peanuts have turn light brown or to your taste, use the frying spoon to transfer the fried peanuts to the iron sieve.
  4. Now, pour the peanuts on top of the rice or garri sacks you spread earlier. Allow the peanut to cool a bit, but not very cold. Then transfer them to a heat-proof bag.

Congrats! Your peanut is ready for packaging.

Packaging and Branding the Peanut Burger

For the branding and packaging, I advise you to package them in small quantities. You can sell them as low as 50 or 100 naira per pack. You will need a label which you will insert in each pack. Give the label a professional design. The pack can be a chin-chin nylon. You will also need a sealing machine. A good improvise is a stapler with its pins. These are part of the things you need to get ready.

You can also package them in a 50 Cl. or 75 Cl. bottle. Then use paste the label on the body of the bottle using a gum. The price for the 50 Cl. can be sold around 300 to 500 naira. While the 75 Cl. can be sold around 600 to 800 naira, or even more.

Another option is to use a small transparent plastic plate with a label.

peanut burger in plastic container

How to Locate the Market for your Peanut Snack

I will advise you to first make sure your product has covered your immediate neighbourhood before you start going further. The best way to distribute your product is through retail shops. You can sell to them in dozen packs, with discounts.

Also supply to retail shops who sell around school premises because students make up a large percentage of total consumers of peanut burger. For example, I started mine while I was still an undergraduate. My customers then was my course mates. Then I moved further to the whole department, faculty and finally the entire school before going off camp.

You can also distribute your bottle peanut burger to shopping malls and super markets.

Since you are not the only person in this market, you need to find a strategy to make your product popular. The best idea is to make sure your product is tasty. Another idea is to increase the quantity in each pack. This will attract more customers. But always know you are in for business. So make sure you make some gains after deducting your cost price.

If you wish to go further in advertising, you can run adverts on TV or radio stations. But his will be after you have covered your locality. You can also utilize social media for advertising your product.

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Going for Medium or Large Scale Production of Peanut Burger

If you are planning to take this business to another level, that is producing in a large scale, there are some automated tools and machinery you will need. Some of them are:

Peanut Coating Machine: This machine does the coating with ease and smoothly. With this machine, you can coat as much as 1 bag of shelled groundnut per day. All you need is to make enough coating paste or syrup.

peanut coating machine

Peanut Fryer or Oven: The fryer does the frying more efficiently. It fries them in batches. Another healthier alternative is an oven for baking the peanut instead of frying.

peanut frying machine - batch type

Peanut Sealing machine: For sealing the packs, especially if you intend to package them in smaller packs.

Sealing machine
Packaging Machine: Helps to package the peanuts and making sure each pack is equal. You will set the weight of each pack either in gram or kilogram. Then the machine does the rest.

You can buy a machine that does both the packing and sealing.

peanut packaging and sealing machine - all in one

You can check out these equipment online in stores like Alibaba, eBay, Amazon, Walmart, Jumia, or you browse online to see the store nearest to your location.

In order to reduce cost and increase your profit, I will advise you to buy these ingredients in larger quantity. For example, you can buy the flour and groundnut in bags. You can also buy the vegetable oil in big cans. These are the ingredients that cost much.

Also note that you will be needing more hands. So make provision to employ more hands. Each employee might be operating one of the machines.

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About Joe-Kay Peanut Snack

As I said earlier, am fully into peanut burger business. The name of my product is JOE-KAY Peanuts Snack.
Currently, we package in 50 naira packs, 50Cl. and 75Cl. bottles (500 naira and 800 naira respectively). We also supply in retail price.

Below are the samples of our label and products.

joe-kay peanut label

joe-kay peanut burger small pack

joe-kay peanut burger bottled pack

You can contact us at “buzzerjoseph@buzzingpoint.com” or call the phone number on the label or through our social media pages to place an order if you are in Nigeria.

Conclusion

I have taken time to reveal all you need to know before starting the peanut burger business. I also revealed how to prepare the snack. Make a decision and become an entrepreneur.

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