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Burgers on the grill have a great savory taste with a subtle smoky flavor that is just what we crave for summer outings or social gatherings. But if you are in a pinch and you only have frozen burgers, does that mean no burgers?

No, you can grill frozen burgers without thawing them first and still have that same juicy, flavorful patty in a short time. Here are some tips and information on how to grill frozen burgers.

Cooked burger patties on a cast iron pan, on wooden table.

How Long Does it Take To Grill Frozen Burgers?

As for how long to grill frozen burgers, this recipe calls for about 15 minutes while flipping them every five minutes. However, burger cooking times will vary, depending on your grill, burger thickness and how well done you like them.

For this recipe, since you are cooking the burgers from frozen, you are going to want to cook them to at least an internal temperature of 160°F for food safety reasons. Store-bought ground beef tends to contain a lot of bacteria from the work area. This is why some people choose to grind their own cuts of meat at home in order to enjoy a medium-rare burger.

Grill Temperature for Frozen Burgers

When it comes to grilling them, I recommend keeping the grill temperature at medium-high or lower. If it is too high, it will cook the outside of the burger quicker but leave the inside raw. Be aware that some parts of the grill are hotter than others, so move the burgers around depending on their doneness.

Fight the urge to smash them against the grid of the gas grill for a small fire show. They will lose their round shape, the juices will spill out, and the juices may get into the heat and catch your burgers on fire.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Equipment

Burger patties on a cast iron pan with fresh tomatoes in the background.
  • 4 frozen hamburger patties
  • Hamburger buns
  • Desired toppings
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • Outdoor grill
  • Grill spatula

Step 2: Preheat Grill

Raw burger patties in a package.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove burger patties from the freezer.

Step 3: Separate Burger Patties

Raw burger patties in a package with paper separators.

Separate the burger patties and remove the papers.

Step 4: Grill the Frozen Burgers

Burger patties on the grill.

Place the frozen patties on the grill and cook for about 15 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes (or until the burgers are cooked through to an internal temperature of 160°F). If they were not seasoned, you can season them with some salt and pepper once they start to thaw on the grill.

Keep an eye on the burgers for flare ups. If they are flaring up too much, lower the heat a little.

If you are adding cheese slices, add them during the last few minutes.

Burger patties on the charcoal grill.

Step 5: Remove Patties & Toast the Buns

Cooked burger patties on a cast iron pan.

Remove the burgers from the grill and toast the buns lightly, if desired. It should take only 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 6: Serve!

Cooked burger patties on a cast iron pan, on wooden table.

Add the patties to the hamburger buns with toppings and condiments of your choice. Serve!

Frozen burgers are convenient and great to have on hand when you are craving a last minute BBQ dinner. We like to use this method for not only beef but all types of burgers like salmon, chicken, turkey, bison, etc. You can easily buy your favorite ground meat, mix in some spices, shape them into patties and freeze them yourself. To get a little more adventurous, you can go as far as grinding the meat yourself.

Do you like your burgers well-done or medium-rare? Did you enjoy using this technique? Let us know in the comments and please share the recipe!

Cooked burger patties on a cast iron pan, on wooden table.

How to Grill Frozen Burgers

Joss D
You can grill frozen burgers without thawing them first and still have that same juicy, flavorful patty in a short time.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, German
Servings 4
Calories 231 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 frozen hamburger patties
  • Hamburger buns
  • Desired toppings
  • Salt and pepper - optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove burger patties from the freezer.
    Raw burger patties in a package.
  • Separate the patties and remove the papers.
    Raw burger patties in a package with paper separators.
  • Place the frozen patties on the grill and cook for about 15 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes (or until the burgers are cooked through to an internal temperature of 160°F). If they were not seasoned, you can season them with some salt and pepper once they start to thaw on the grill. If you are adding cheese slices, add them during the last few minutes.
    Burger patties on the grill.
  • Remove the burgers from the grill and toast the buns lightly, if desired. It should take only 1 to 2 minutes. Add the patties to the hamburger buns with toppings and condiments of your choice. Serve!
    Cooked burger patties on a cast iron pan, on wooden table.

Equipment

Outdoor grill

Notes

  • The nutrition information is for 1 standard burger patty, so keep in mind that this will vary.
  • Keep an eye on the burgers for flare ups. If they are flaring up too much, lower the heat a little.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcalProtein: 17gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 84mgPotassium: 304mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to season frozen burgers?

You shouldn’t have to season frozen burgers as they are typically already seasoned and good to go. If they aren’t seasoned, however, you can sprinkle them with some salt and pepper while they are cooking and starting to thaw.

How long are frozen burgers good for?

They can last up to 4 to 5 months in the freezer, depending on how well you package them. If you were to thaw them in the refrigerator, they should be cooked within 1 to 2 days.

How do you separate frozen burgers?

If they don’t separate easily by hand, I like to place the frozen burgers on a cutting board on their side and carefully wedge a butter knife in between the patties where there is a groove. Then I gently tap the handle of the butter knife with my other fist in a downward motion towards the cutting board. They should come apart quite easily and quickly this way.

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