How to Grill a Frozen Burger Properly

Grilled burgers are everyone’s favorite for the summer season. It’s best when friends and family are together for backyard picnics or fire pit grills during the warm weather! Grilled hamburgers are quick to make yet feed a lot of people at once.

For you to ensure that you serve the patties at its best taste, there are vital points that you should consider before grilling. You should also know what tool is the most suitable for grilling burgers, how long does a frozen burger cook, and how to best enjoy them. The following steps would guide you to grill a frozen burger every time perfectly.

Step 1: Prepare the Meat Patties


When shopping for frozen hamburger patties, you want to look out for the best ingredients. To do that, choose a patty that has 90% lean or higher. But, a 100% beef patty may be the best option for grilling burgers from the freezer. The patties are usually stacked up tightly together whenever it comes out from the refrigerator.

How can you defrost burger patties? You have two options for this; it is either to thaw them or not. If you do have the time, you can leave your frozen burgers in your chiller, which will take half a day or a full day, depending on the number of your burger patties.

Another technique to safely thaw your patties is by submerging the pack in water. Place the patties in a leak-proof bag before doing so. Change the water every 30 minutes or so to keep it consistently effective in defrosting the meat. Lastly, you can defrost your patties in the microwave oven. Place the patties in a microwave plate or container then set your oven to a minute or two to defrost them. Some ovens have a “thaw” function, which you can certainly use.

If you are really in a hurry, you can grill your patties straight from the freezer, though it can be a little challenging to separate them. You can separate the stacked burger patties using a flat kitchen tool like a butter knife or a sturdy grilling spatula. Using one of these tools, slowly slide the butter knife or spatula between the burger patties, and you are ready to grill them!

Step 2: It’s Grilling Time!

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The key to grilling frozen meat patties is always to preheat your grill. This process is to ensure that the patties will not stick to the grill and make the flipping easier for you. Set your grill to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

If you are using a charcoal grill, place your hand several inches above the grate to feel the heat. At this point, you want to season your burger patties with salt and pepper.

When the grill is ready, put your burgers on the grate. Use a grilling spatula to flip each side, which will take three to five minutes, depending on the thickness of your patties. Spread some barbecue sauce to your liking, to maintain its moisture and taste when it gets flipped. The total time for grilling a patty usually takes at least 15-20 minutes.

Always keep an eye on grilling patties, you want to move the burgers around when there is a higher temperature in the area of the charcoal grill. This interchange of positions will avoid flare-ups, which can cause a bitter taste. The patty will keep producing juice until it is clear. You do not want to eliminate all of the juices while the patty is still on the grill because you will get a dry patty, which no one will enjoy.

Further, another most accessible way for you to know when your patty is ready is by using either a corded or cordless meat thermometer. The suggested internal temperature for consumption of ground beef or a patty is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. To check the internal temperature accurately, remove the patty from the grill, and then insert the thermometer.

Lastly, toast the hamburger buns alongside the patties to get that crispy texture on your buns. A sesame bun is always an option for that flavorful burger! To toast the buns, melt the butter in the microwave oven then spread at the flat side of the buns. Put the buns flatly on the grate with a lower temperature to avoid burning them.

Time to smell the meaty flavor of the patty, which stimulates your appetite!

Step 3: Burgers, Assemble!


Lastly, to enjoy grilled burgers is to assemble them! A staple for that classic and juicy burger is to have your buns, sauce, vegetables, cheese, and the patty.

First, spread your sauce onto the buns. The sauce can be mayo, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, or even your homemade sauce. The sauce complements and uplifts your seasoned burger, so be sure to sauce your burger generously! Then, add vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions adds texture to your burger. You may also want to add a slice of cheese or a piece of bacon to your burger to get that overall classic taste of the grilled burger. Or some french fries to add a little side dish!

Savor every bite of a classic grilled burger for the entire family to enjoy!

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