How To Grill Frozen Burgers

Fresh meat is always better than frozen meat, but if you want to grill frozen burgers, you’re in the right place to find out how to do so!

How To Grill Frozen Burgers

You should always use fresh ingredients when cooking anything, but frozen meat is still worth grilling. Don’t compromise on the quality of the product.

Frozen burgers may not be as juicy or delicious as freshly grilled ones, but they can still be delectable when cooked right. 

If you still want to grill frozen burgers, here is a step-by-step guide on how to do so.

Is It Safe To Grill Burgers From Frozen?

You should always thaw your meat before cooking it. If you don’t, your burger might be too hot or too cold inside. To check if your burger is cooked properly, use an instant-read thermometer.

You should always use an instant-read digital thermometer when cooking frozen burgers. A frozen burger must be cooked until it reaches 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

To make sure this happens, put the frozen burger into a preheated oven set to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) for 10 minutes before turning off the heat. This ensures that the burger cooks evenly throughout.

Thawing Frozen Patties


We would not recommend microwaving burgers because it will not heat evenly. You should use the grill instead.

However, if you must use the microwave, do not let frozen burgers sit around for too long before cooking.

According to the USDA, grilling frozen burgers without thawing is 100 percent safe, but it’s best to thaw them out first.

As a general rule of thumb, expect the cooking time to be 50 percent longer than normal when grilling frozen burgers. 

Cold Water

Cold water thawing is a lot easier than refrigerator thawing. You don’t need anything fancy to do it. Just place the frozen burgers into a leak-proof bag or container and submerge them in cold tap water.

Make sure you don’t let any water get inside the bag or container because then the burgers won’t be safe to eat. After 10 minutes, take out the burgers and pat them down before seasoning. 

As for frozen meat we recommend thawing it as soon as possible. And, if you want to refreeze a slice of beef, it should always  be cooked first.

Refrigerating raw beef is dangerous because bacteria multiply quickly. Cooked beef can be safely refrozen, though.


Refrigerators are used to store foods. They are usually placed next to other appliances such as stoves and microwaves.

Frozen foods should be kept inside refrigerators after thawing out and not stored in freezers. But, to keep meat for longer, it is best to keep it frozen.


How To Grill Frozen Burgers

A hamburger recipe only uses 3 ingredients! It’s shocking, yes. But it’s also true. Frozen beef patties (Burgers wouldn’t be burgers w/o meat).

We recommend buying beef pats that are ⅓ – ⅜ lbs for the best results. Of course, hamburgers need hamburger buns. Let your palate be the judge of your bun pick.

Are you an onion bun lover, or do you want sesame seeds? Kaiser roll, pretzel bun brioche, or ciabatta? There are no limits, you can choose whatever you want.

You can season your burgers however you want too, as long as you put a pinch of salt and pepper. Don’t hesitate to add your favorite flavors, such as garlic, onions, cayenne, and paprika.

Cheese? No problem, you can add cheese to your burger too! Hungry yet? We are! 

Now, let’s look at how to grill a frozen burger.

Step One: Preheat The Grill

The grill should be cleaned prior to the fire-up. Food must be cooked over medium heat. To cook burgers, you require a grill. You should place your hand over the grill at the height of a soda can.

If it takes less than seven seconds for the heat to reach your hand, then the grill is about 250-300 degrees Fahrenheit. If it takes more than nine seconds, the grill is about 300-350 degrees Fahrenheit.

When cooking burgers, you must be careful and avoid burning yourself! You want the grill to be piping hot so around 300 – 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step Two: Prepare The Patties

Burgers should be seasoned before being grilled. To make sure the burgers are well-seasoned, they need to be separated. If they are frozen together, you’ll need to use a utensil to pierce them apart.

Step Three: Get Grilling

Grill burgers until done. Flip burgers every few minutes. Add barbecue sauce or other sauces if desired. Periodically move the burgers around the grill to avoid hot spots.

Use a meat thermometer to ensure the burgers are fully cooked. Check the internal temperature of the burgers when they are removed from the grill and serve accordingly.

You can toast the buns by spreading melted butter on the flat sides of the buns and placing them face down on the griddle or grill. When you flip them over, the bread will be lightly toasted.

You can also reheat the burger by wrapping it tightly in foil, then cooking it in a 250-degree oven for about 1 hour.

Ready To Serve

To ensure that the burgers are evenly cooked, use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature.

Test the internal temperature of the patty should be approximately 160 degrees Fahrenheit (means cooked!).

Grill the bun if you want to get the crispy texture. Let the burger cool for two minutes before pairing with the bun and then build your hamburger with any toppings you prefer.

Now you have made yourself loads of freshly grilled tasty American Burgers!

How Long Does It Take To Grill Frozen Burgers?

Grilling frozen burgers takes time. You need to flip them every 5 minutes. To be safe, you should grill them until they reach 300 – 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Store bought ground beef contains lots of bacteria. So you could choose to grind your own meats. This way, you stand a better chance of not getting sick from eating them.

Mistakes To Avoid When Cooking Frozen Burgers

How To Grill Frozen Burgers

Under Seasoning Meat

Firstly, you should always buy burgers from a known brand. However, if you want to make sure that your burger is seasoned well, you might want to buy them from a store that makes them themselves.

Kosher salt is better than regular table salt when making burgers because it spreads out more evenly and gives off more flavor. Salt will be absorbed by the patty, so you won’t need as much of it.

You should always let the meat sit out before cooking. This will allow it to absorb more flavor. When you cook your burgers, use a medium heat.

Cook them until they are slightly pink inside. Don’t over-cook your hamburgers, or they will become dry.


Don’t turn the heat up too high. Use medium heat and let the burgers cook slowly. Don’t use a grill that is too hot. Browning is not always a sign that the burger is done.

Always be careful when cooking burgers and use a meat thermometer to check it’s fully cooked.


Don’t make your patties too thin, or they won’t cook properly. You should also avoid using frozen patties because they might be filled with additives. Make sure that your grill is set to the right temperature.


Flare-ups are a common hazard for grillers. Fatty meat drips down onto the grates causing them to burn. You should clean your grates regularly to prevent fires. Oily marinades can cause flare ups as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Shelf Life Of Frozen Burgers?

How you store burgers determines their lifetime. You should be able to eat frozen meat up to four months after it was stored, according to the rule of thumb.

In fact, the USDA advises the same thing. Beef, hog, turkey, and chicken are just a few of the meats that come under this rule.

What Is The Shelf Life Of Frozen Patties?

We believe the solution is the same. In the freezer, it should keep for up to four months. Furthermore, defrosting frozen patties is not required.

However, the choice is always yours, and we believe that chilling the burgers overnight is the best option if you want them the next day.

If you do this, you can anticipate that they will last three days before becoming unfit to consume. This is if the meat is kept in the refrigerator for that time.

People have been caught eating frozen burgers that had been in the freezer for nearly a year. We do not recommend this at all!

Is It Necessary To Defrost Burgers Before Grilling Them?

If you’re concerned about safety, there’s no need to worry about cooking frozen burgers without defrosting or thawing them beforehand.

However, keep in mind that it will take twice as long as it would under normal circumstances.

If you don’t have much time, leave the burgers in the fridge overnight and cook them in the morning.

Final Thoughts

To sum up, we believe you understand every aspect of how to cook frozen hamburgers on the grill that we mentioned.

It shouldn’t be a difficult chore if you know how to manipulate the grill’s temperature. Anyway, if you have any questions or worries about the subject, we are here to help. Have a wonderful day!

John Rinder
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