How To Grill Frozen Burgers

How To Grill Frozen Bruger

Burgers are just about the most delicious sandwiches in the world. At the same time, they are so simple to prepare that you can literally be eating your freshly made burger in under 10 minutes!

You may be wondering; can I really grill frozen burgers? The answer is yes!

How? Let’s get into it.

Grilling Frozen Burgers

As you know, frozen beef patties are rock hard and stuck together. Here are a few tips on how to handle them.

  • Remove the frozen patties from the freezer
  • Allow them a few minutes to breath. This step will make it easier to separate them.
  • Holding the burgers at face level, slide a knife between the frozen patties and twist. This will separate the burgers without flaking the meat.
  • Discard the paper placed between the burger patties.
  • Place the patties on the counter as you check if the grill is ready

The Grill

As usual, ensure the grill is clean and oiled. The last thing you need is for your burgers to stick to the grill.

Hot Grilled Burger

You grill needs to be very hot. Let’s peg the temperature at 325 degrees. In the case of a charcoal grill, put your hand over the fire. If you can’t endure the heat for more than 5 seconds, the grill is ready.

How To Grill Burgers?


Take your frozen burgers and place them on the grill but off the fire. We recommend you close the grill for a few minutes (utmost 5 minutes). This step is necessary because it quickly defrosts the burgers making them easy to cook through.


Open the grill and proceed to season your burgers. Sometimes, burgers come pre-seasoned. If this is the case, then you can skip this step.

If your burgers are not seasoned, sprinkle some salt and pepper on one side first. I like to lightly pat the patty to make the seasoning stick to the meat. If you like more spices, then by all means season your patties to your heart’s content.


Flip the seasoned side on to the hot grill and proceed to season the other side. Grill each side for 5 minutes at a time before flipping.

Do not cover the grill

You want to keep an eye on flare-ups. Plus, burgers adopt a bitter-ish taste if covered in a grill full of smoke and burning oil.


To see if your burgers are cooked through, you will need a meat thermometer. Ideally, a cooked burger should have an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit (according to the FDA).

grill thermometer burger

Now, for the most crucial question.

How Long to Grill Frozen Burgers?

This is what separates novices from veterans.

How do you know enough is enough?

Immediately your burgers start to cook, you will begin to see reddish juices pooling at the middle.

Now, as long as the liquids are reddish in colour, your burger is not yet done.

However, in about 5 minutes, you will begin to see the juices go clear. Now your burger is done. Pull your patty from the fire.

The biggest blunder burger novices make is to cook their burgers until the juices dry. All you will be left with is a dry piece of rubber.

As long as the juices emanating from the meat are clear, remove the patty from the fire to preserve the moisture.

At this point, you may be wondering if the same rules apply when grilling frozen turkey burgers or when grilling hamburgers. The truth is all these different burgers can be cooked straight from the freezer. You just need to pay attention to the cooking time to avoid over or under cooked burgers.

Other Tips:

Arranging burger

A good burger is more than a patty. It’s the combination of different elements, textures, and flavors. You want to create a symphony that works together like an orchestra.

Assemble your ingredients. Personally, I like Mayo, Onions, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cheese, Mustard, Pickles, An Egg, and a bit of Bacon.

I mean, you only live once, right? YOLO and all that jazz?

Stack your burger with whatever floats your boat.

If you are wondering if you should grill your buns; absolutely! It may seem unnecessary but this step totally upgrades your burger experience. Apply some butter on the buns too before grilling them to attain that salty, creamy crunch.

Wrapping Up:

Ultimately, 90% of a burger is about the meat. Get that right and you will have a delicious burger every time.

I reckon it’s time for a good ol’ fashioned Barbecue; enjoy!

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