How to Grill Frozen Hamburgers

Need to know how to grill frozen hamburgers without turning them into hockey pucks? Here is our how to on the subject. We have all been roped into grilling for a large crowd where fresh burger patties aren’t an option so here is how to get the most out of those frozen hamburgers.

If your shopping for frozen burger patties take a second to look at the ingredient list on the package. 100% beef patties will not have and ingredient list at all or just list beef. The burgers we are using for this article are the Boulder Burger Company -1/3 pound Angus Beef Patties. (pictured below) The fewer ingredients on that list the better.

When you remove the patties from the package sometimes you need to split them apart. We like to use a regular kitchen knife, just slide it between the patties and twist.

To grill frozen hamburgers right your going to have to set up your grill with a high heat zone and a section off the heat with no flame or hot coals at all.  These will flare up and make a mess of the grill, but on the plus side it makes for great grill photography.

Heat the hot section of you grill to a high heat

How to grill frozen hamburgers, Step 1:

Place the frozen hamburger patties off of the heat and close the lid for 5 minutes to defrost them. After 5 minutes the patties should be soft and pliable. Now add your seasoning to the top, in this case we are using the Weber Gourmet Burger seasoning. I like to press the seasoning into the burger with my spatula on this side, so it doesn’t fall off.

Flip your burgers onto the heat over the flame and season that side.

If your burgers are not already seasoned out of the package, we always recommend adding some seasoning even if it is only salt and pepper.

How to grill frozen hamburgers, Step 2

From here on out grill with your lid open. We do this not only to monitor the flare-ups but also to let the smoke out. To much smoke and the burgers will have a harsh bitter taste to them.

Grill the hamburgers until the juices begin to form of the top of the patty, moving them out of major flare-ups when needed. Typically this takes 4 our 5 minutes

Grill on this side until the juices coming out of the top are running clear. This is the part where you will get the majority of you flare-ups. Move the burgers to the no heat zone if the flames get out of hand.

As the burger juices begin run clear on each burger move those patties off of the heat until they are all cooked. The biggest mistake people make when they grill frozen hamburgers is to keep grilling them until they can not see any juices left on the patties. Those juices will keep coming out until that burger is completely dried out, you just need to know when to pull them.

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You can make a decent burger with frozen patties but fresh beef will always be better.

About the author: Mike is the owner of, a Certified Food Safety Professional and KCBS member.

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