Delicious and cheap staff lunch ideas that won’t break the bank

Variety is the spice of life, and we’ve got some delicious and cheap food ideas for your daily or weekly staff lunch that everyone will love. Enjoy refreshing variety every day or week with corporate catering that won’t break the bank. These yummy and creative lunch catering menu options will ensure no one gets bored. Plus, they're also a great way to show your appreciation for the team and reward staff for their hard work.

Buffets

Buffet catering is perfect for feeding a crowd. Offering a variety of cuisines, hot food, cold cuts, roasts, casseroles, chicken, pasta, salads, vegetables and desserts, buffets can cater to every taste and special dietary requirement and allow staff to go back for seconds…or thirds.

buffet catering

 

Pizza

Everyone loves pizza. From the classic ham and pineapple to something different like Moroccan lamb with Spanish onions, baby spinach and mint yoghurt, you can’t go wrong with a slice or two of pizza. Check out some fun facts about pizza here, or would you be game to try these unusual pizza toppings? Check out our website and view our delicious pizza catering in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane options.

Pizza catering with Crust Gourmet Pizza
Photo credit: Crust Gourmet Pizza

 

Quiche

Comforting, flaky, creamy and packed with protein, did you know that quiche originated in Germany in the medieval kingdom of Lothringen? You can get really creative with quiche like broccoli and stilton or goat’s cheese and watercress, but the most common variety is the Quiche Lorraine, which was named after the Lorraine region of France. The classic recipe uses eggs, cream and bacon – no cheese.

Mini quiche pies

 

Pasta

Perfect for winter, try hearty hot lunch catering like pasta and lasagne that will have you drooling. Pasta is an easy crowd pleaser that will warm your heart and tummy. There are heaps of yummy pasta options for vegans and meat lovers so everyone gets fed.

Italian catering - spaghetti

 

Burgers

The burger is one of the most beloved, comforting foods in existence. Here are some fun facts about burgers that will blow your mind.

  • Hamburgers originated in Hamburg, Germany, but eating a burger on a bun is an American tradition
  • The world’s most expensive burger costs $5,000! It’s made from Wagyu beef, foie gras and black truffles
  • 289 million hamburgers were eaten by Australians in 2011
  • Approximately 60% of all sandwiches sold worldwide are hamburgers
  • Americans eat 3 hamburgers a week, which equates to about 50 billion burgers a year
  • If the 50 billion burgers eaten per year by Americans were arranged in a line, it would circle Earth 32 times or more!
  • In 2012, the largest hamburger created weighed 913.54 kg
Hamburger catering from Burger Project

Photo credit: Burger Project

 

Tacos

Turn a boring lunch into a fun and creative ‘make it yourself’ taco meal with Mexican catering. Tacos are so versatile and you can make it your own with a variety of fillings, including beef, chicken, fish, beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa, guacamole and more with DIY taco bars. We have an extensive catering menu that allows you to be as creative or boring as you like! Check out Pablo’s Kitchen in Sydney or Dos Amigos Catering in Melbourne for your next Mexican fiesta.

tacos are perfect for staff lunches

 

Burritos and nachos

Speaking of Mexican fiesta, how about burritos or nachos for your next working lunch? They’re easy to eat and taste amazing. Pulled pork, chicken, chorizo, mushrooms for the vegetarians, or fish, there are a huge range of delicious fillings to suit any taste. Try them today for your next office catering.

Mexican catering from Mad Mex
Photo credit: Mad Mex

 

Platters and grazing stations

Gourmet food platters are a popular choice and offer a variety of meats, chicken and salads to please a crowd. Whether it’s a roast chicken platter, sushi platter, cold meats platter with a wide selection of deli meats, cheese and chutneys, cheese and fruit, Italian antipasto, healthy salad platters, gourmet sandwiches, Spanish tapas or Mediterranean, they’re fuss-free and cater for every taste and special diet. We have a huge range of catering platters your staff will love.

food platters for the office

 

Banh mi and rice paper rolls

If you’re looking for a fresh, healthy lunch option, try Vietnamese catering like the banh mi or rice paper rolls. Stuffed with delicious meat, crunchy vegetables, coriander, mayo and pate, banh mis are upgraded sandwiches that will hit the spot. Or if you’re looking for something light, you can’t go past the Vietnamese rice paper roll, filled with crunchy, fresh vegetables, herbs, vermicelli noodles with your choice of protein.

Fun fact: did you know that banh mi means bread, or Vietnamese sandwich?

Vietnamese catering from Banoi
Photo credit: Banoi
 

Noodles

Australians consume about 18 million kilos of noodles a year! That’s about 1kg per person. With its tantalising aromas, vibrant colours, textures and fresh flavours, a plate of stir-fried noodles with your choice of protein and veggies is so simple, yet so satisfying. They're a great lunch box catering option and a great way to allow employees to eat on the go.

Fried noodles for staff lunches
Photo credit: Marco Verch-Flickr

 

Kathi rolls

Kathi rolls originated from Kolkata, India and is a common street food that originally consisted of skewer-roasted kebabs wrapped in a paratha bread (Indian flatbread) and layered with eggs and chutney.

kathi rolls
Photo credit: Chachu's

 

Sandwiches

Love your sandwich? No problem! We still offer a delicious gourmet range of sandwich catering options that everyone will love. From the classic fillings, like leg ham, turkey or chicken to the gourmet, including roast lamb, smoked salmon, brisket or pulled pork, our corporate caterers will impress with their tempting sandwich catering range.

sandwich catering

 

Order staff lunches today with Order-In

We make ordering office catering easy with our curated staff lunch catering menus that your staff will love. Offering delicious variety, your staff will never get bored with our creative catering options. Visit our website to start ordering corporate catering in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, or call us on 1300 851 900 to speak to one of our customer service ninjas for inspirational lunch catering ideas, menu recommendations or a free quote, or simply to learn more about our catering services.

 

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