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How Long To Grill Frozen Burgers? (How To Cook Frozen Patties On A Grill)

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The perfect summertime (and for the adventurous griller, wintertime) meal is a burger cooked on the grill. It’s quick, easy, and tastes great! But what if you don’t have time to thaw or defrost your burgers? Can you actually take and grill a frozen burger directly from the freezer to the flame? The answer is a resounding YES. Frozen patties can be cooked on the grill too!

In this blog post, we are going to go through how long it takes to cook a frozen burger patty in comparison with one that has been thawed or defrosted. We’ll also talk about some tips for grilling a frozen hamburger without scorching the outside and leaving a raw inside. Finally, we’ll give you our opinion of whether or not there’s any difference in taste between the two preparation methods.

Can you cook premade frozen burger patties on the grill?

Yes, and yes! Grilling frozen patties is a fantastic way to cook up burgers fast without having to wait hours for them to defrost before cooking. All you need to do is allow an extra few minutes for cooking, and everything will turn out just fine.

Should frozen hamburger patties be thawed before grilling?

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The only real benefit to letting your frozen burgers thaw is that they will cook more evenly. Thawing out a burger before grilling it can help ensure that the outside doesn’t burn or char while leaving an undercooked inside, but this is not always necessary, and there’s no harm in cooking frozen patties on the grill.

The time difference between thawed burgers and unthawed burgers is pretty slim, and there are other factors that can affect the cooking time, like the type of grill or heat settings and the thickness of the burger. It is also easier, in general, to get the seasoning to stick to a defrosted burger. That being said, you can still season a frozen burger and get the desired flavor. We recommend lightly coating the outside of the frozen patty with cooking spray before adding your seasonings to help them adhere to the burger better.

Does a frozen burger patty taste different than a defrosted patty when cooked?

This one is hard to answer because everyone’s palate is different, and taste is subjective. Most people do not notice a difference at all and, in general, wouldn’t be able to tell if the burger was grilled, thawed, or frozen.

There are, however, some factors that can affect the taste of a burger patty. Some people say they find frozen burgers to have less flavor because they do not get much time to absorb marinade and seasoning before cooking, so it is important to coat them with whatever you plan on using for your patties.

There may be differences in the texture of the burger patty as well. The frozen patties may not be as soft or juicy when they are cooked because there is less time to break down the proteins in the meat, but that doesn’t mean they’re dry– it just means they’ll have a firmer bite.

The best way to find out if this method for cooking frozen burger patties is for you (or your family as it may be) is to try it out! Do a little blind taste test with a friend or family member and see if they can tell the difference. Many people enjoy the taste and texture difference between thawed burgers on a grill versus unthawed, which doesn’t make them necessarily better or worse– just different.

Is it Safe to Grill Burgers from Frozen?

It is 100% safe to cook frozen burger patties on the grill. According to the USDA, cooking frozen burgers from the grill is just as safe and effective as thawing them, but this does depend on how you cook your burger. What is most important in preventing food-borne illness, especially from hamburgers, is cooking it to a minimum of 160 degrees. So, just be sure to keep your food thermometer nearby!

What Temperature Do You Grill Frozen Burgers?

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You will want to grill a frozen burger at a medium-low, steady temperature to make sure it doesn’t burn or char on the outside before cooking all of the way through. This holds true even if you are using an electric grill. You will have to really watch your burgers if you are using a charcoal grill as these tend to cook at higher temperatures and have hotter flames and more direct contact with food. No one wants a hockey puck for dinner!

A good temperature to aim for is between 300-350 degrees Fahrenheit.

How long to grill frozen burgers?

How long you grill a frozen burger patty depends on a few factors like the type of grill you’re using, how hot your fire is, and what temperature settings it has. Thicker frozen patties will take a longer time to cook than thinner ones, etc.

It can also depend on personal preference as everyone likes their burgers cooked in slightly different ways/temps. If you are cooking hamburgers on a charcoal grill, it will take about 20-30 minutes for a frozen burger patty that is around two inches thick.

How long should you cook a frozen burger on each side

The key to grilling a frozen burger evenly and not burning the outside to a crisp is frequently flipping. It is important not to leave the burger too long on any one side while grilling it. You will want to flip the burger every three-four minutes for the duration of the cooking.

If you stay on top of it, then you are sure to end up with an evenly cooked burger.

How to Grill Frozen Burgers Without Thawing Them

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  1. Preheat your grill to 325 degrees
  2. Coat the outside of your frozen burger patties with a little bit of cooking to help keep them from sticking to the grill and help the seasoning stick.
  3. Season your patties with whatever seasoning you prefer– salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder.
  4. Place the burgers on a grill. Watch them closely as cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of patty, type of grill being used (charcoal vs electric),
  5.  Flip the burger every three-four, for 23-27 minutes to ensure even cooking
  6. Once you notice the juices starting to run clear check the temperature of the patty with a meat thermometer. The USDA recommends 160 degrees for ground beef to be safe.
  7. Once the patty has reached at least 160-165 degrees, take it off of the grill and enjoy!

Cooking frozen burgers on the grill is a quick and delicious meal

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Next time you forget to take the burger patties out of the freezer, don’t worry; burger night is not ruined! Frozen burgers take only a few minutes longer than unfrozen ones, so you’ll still be able to have a delicious dinner without much hassle. If you end up scorching your burgers the first go around, don’t stress it. It does take some practice working with the grill and frozen food to get it down. Just remember, in the case of frozen burgers, flipping is your friend.

Frozen premade hamburger patties staked six one on top of each other

How To Grill A Frozen Hamburger Patty

Forgot to thaw your burger patties? No Worries! Skip the thawing and go straight from freezer to flame without sacrificing taste.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Grill

Ingredients
  

  • Frozen Hamburger Patties
  • Cooking Spray
  • Hamurger Buns
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Pickles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your grill to 325 degrees
  • Coat the outside of your frozen burger patties with a little bit of cooking to help keep them from sticking to the grill and help the seasoning stick.
  • Season your patties with whatever seasoning you prefer– salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder.
  • Place the burgers on a grill. Watch them closely as cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of patty, type of grill being used (charcoal vs electric),
  •  Flip the burger every three-four, for 23-27 minutes to ensure even cooking
  • Once you notice the juices starting to run clear check the temperature of the patty with a meat thermometer. The USDA recommends 160 degrees for ground beef to be safe.
  • Once the patty has reached at least 160-165 degrees, take it off of the grill and enjoy!
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