I made my first burger candle seventeen years ago. The wax was colored with crayons because they were cheap and convenient. Since no beef candle oil fragrances were yet available, this burger was scented with a freshly baked bread aroma. Since I was new to candle making, I naively only added one wick to each candle.
How times have changed.
I no longer use crayons to color the wax. Not only do physical contaminants sometimes clog the wick but I’ve also noticed that the colors will fade over time. The crayons that I once used have been replaced with dye blocks which are (at least to my way of thinking), far easier to use and less messy than liquid dyes.
While it might be possible to only use one wick depending upon the type of wax being used, the size of the wick, and the wick’s burn diameter, the only burger candles that I now make with one wick are the sliders pictured below. Just like real sliders, these mini-burgers are only two inches wide. I made the silicone mold for these rolls from scratch using a Hawaiian roll as a model. The patty was made using a silicone mold of a breakfast sausage patty.
In contrast to these sliders, this burger candle was modeled using a full sized grilled beef patty on a Kaiser bun.
While this hamburger candle was made using four wicks, after observing a test burn of a hotdog candle, I made this bacon cheeseburger with just three wicks.
Although both hamburgers smell of freshly baked bread, lettuce, tomato leaf, beef, bacon, and hickory smoke, parts of the hamburger pictured above were hand painted using acrylic paint. In contrast, the bacon cheeseburger pictured below was painted using different colors of melted wax.
Regardless of whether you’re making a BLT, hotdog, slider, hamburger, or some other type of candle sandwich, there are basic production techniques that are common to all of these candles.
The most important thing to remember when making any kind of layered candle is that each layer needs to be compact and flat. For example, when assembling the burger candle, I put lettuce around the edges. To avoid leaving a hole in center of the candle, I filled it in with lettuce colored wax and used a frosting spreader to smooth out the top. A smooth top makes it easier to add the next layer.
The next layer of my burger candle was the hamburger patty. Prior to adding the hamburger patty, I placed a large glob of cooling burger colored wax on top of the lettuce. I then added the patty.
As with the lettuce, I then added pickles and tomato slices around the perimeter of the candle. The empty space was filled over with more bread colored wax.
Prior to adding the top bun, I heated the end of a deep fryer thermometer to literally melt holes for the wicks. After melting each hole, I added a wick. I then melted holes in the bun, added a glob of breadcolored wax to the layer, threaded the wicks and put the bun in place.
After letting the wax cool, I used acrylic paints to add some touch ups. The gobs of bread colored wax on either side of the tomato pictured above became ketchup and mustard. The lettuce was painted to look more lettuce like. The burger was pained with different shades of dark brown to simulate a grilled hamburger patty.
Here’s another burger I made. This is a bacon cheeseburger.
Edit: 6/16/2021: I wound up painting the hamburger patty after deciding that the original coloring was a bit off. Pictured below is the painted product.