How To Cook Frozen Burgers (Grill, Oven, Pan, Air Fry)

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Cooking frozen burgers can be a little tricky, but with the right tips and techniques, you’ll delicious, juicy burgers that everyone will love.

You can easily cook them in a variety of ways – on the grill, in the oven, or even in a pan. Plus, they’re perfect for air frying too.

Here are all the details on how to cook frozen burgers perfectly every time. Let’s get cooking!

How To Cook Frozen Burgers

how long to cook frozen hamburger patties

Below are some general guidelines for cooking frozen burgers. Cooking the frozen meat at the right temperature for the recommended time is the key to a juicy hamburger.

One important thing to note is that the amount of time needed to cook may vary depending on the thickness of the burger.

Time and Temperature Guidelines To Cook Frozen Burgers

  • Grill: About 15 minutes at 350 degrees F
  • Oven: About 25 minutes at 425 degrees F
  • Frying Pan/Stove Top: About 15 minutes on medium to medium-high heat
  • Air Fryer: About 20 minutes at 375 degrees F

how To Prepare frozen Patties For Cooking

Frozen Burger Patties

Step 1: Separate Frozen Burgers
If possible, wait a few minutes for the frozen hamburger patty to thaw slightly. If you don’t have time to wait, you might need to use a butter knife to gently pry the patties apart.

Step 2: Season Burger Patties
Waiting a couple of minutes for the ground beef patties to thaw will also help your seasonings stick to the burger a little better.

Season each side of the frozen burger with salt and pepper. For more flavorful burgers, you could also use Lawry’s Salt, garlic powder, or a specialty burger or steak seasoning such as Montreal Steak Seasoning.

How To Grill Frozen Burgers

How To Cook Frozen Hamburgers On The Grill

Nothing beats a delicious burger straight from the grill. Follow these detailed instructions for a perfect burger every time.

  1. Preheat the gas grill to 350 degrees or a charcoal grill to a medium-high heat.
  2. Place the frozen burger patties directly onto the grill grate.
  3. Cook the burgers for around 15 minutes. Flip them every 5 minutes or so to help ensure they cook evenly and help reduce flare ups.
  4. Grill the burgers until they are cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160°F. The best way to test the doneness is to remove the cooked patties from the hot grill before testing with an instant-read thermometer.

PRO TIP: During the last minute of the cooking process, add a slice of cheese to the top of the burger. Also, add some butter to your favorite hamburger buns and lay face down on a cooler spot on the grill until golden and toasty.

How To Cook Frozen Hamburger In The Oven

How To Cook Frozen Hamburgers in The oven

Using cooling racks to cook your burgers in the oven makes for easy clean-up. Get the step-by-step instructions below.

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet or cookie sheet with aluminim foil. Spray an oven-safe wire cooling rack with non-stick cooking spray. Place the metal wire rack on top of the baking tray.
  • Place the frozen hamburger patties on the wire rack, then place the entire tray in the oven.
  • Bake burgers for around 25 minutes, flipping once about half way through.
  • During the last minute of baking, add cheese slices on top of the burgers if desired.
  • Use an instant read thermometer to ensure the burgers have reached a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
How To Fry Frozen Burgers On Stove

How To Cook Frozen Hamburgers on The stove

Satisfy your burger cravings fast with tasty hamburgers cooked on the stove. This method works great for turkey burgers and veggie burgers too.

  1. Add cooking oil to a frying pan. Turn stove to medium heat and allow pan to warm up.
  2. Place the frozen hamburgers into the hot pan.
  3. Total cook time is about 15 minutes. Cook each frozen patty for about 3-5 minutes, then flip. Continue to flip every few minutes so both sides are evenly browned, have a nice crust and the internal temperature reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. If desired, add cheese during the last minute of cook time.
  5. Remove the burgers from the pan and place on a paper towel to absorb excess grease.
  6. Serve on a bun or piece of bread with your favorite toppings.
Air Fry Burger and Fries

How To Cook Frozen Hamburgers in The air fryer

Air fryer burgers might just be the easiest way to get dinner on the table on busy weeknights. There is minimal work and you get delicious burgers every time. Just follow these easy steps.

  1. Set the air fryer temperature to 375 degrees.
  2. Add the frozen beef patties in the air fryer. For best results, don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. The hot air needs to circulate for even cooking.
  3. Cook burgers for a total cooking time of 15-20 minutes. Flip several times through the cooking process.
  4. Remove from the air fryer.

PRO TIP: After cooking, allow the burgers to rest for a few minutes. Throw some french fries in the air fryer for a complete meal that’s way better than fast food.

How To Cook Frozen Hamburgers Pin

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can you cook burgers straight from frozen?

A. Yes, you can cook frozen hamburger patties on the grill, in the oven, in a frying pan or in the air fryer. With all methods, use a food thermometer to ensure meat is cooked to a safe temperature (160°F).

Q. How do you cook frozen hamburger patties?

A. The cook time for frozen burger patties varies by the method you will use to cook them and the thickness of the burger.

Here are some general guidelines for cooking frozen burgers:

Grill: About 15 minutes at 350 degrees F
Oven: About 25 minutes at 425 degrees F
Frying Pan/Stove Top: About 15 minutes on medium to medium-high heat
Air Fryer: About 20 minutes at 375 degrees F

Q. How long do you cook frozen patties in the oven?

A. Cook frozen burgers in the oven for about 25 minutes at 425 degrees. Flip burgers several times to ensure even browning and cooking.

Q. What temperature do you cook frozen burgers in the oven?

A. 425°F is a good temperature to cook frozen burgers in the oven. Cook for around 25 minutes, flipping several times.

Q. What temperature do you grill frozen burgers?

A. Grill frozen burgers at medium to medium-high heat, around 350°F for around 15 minutes.

Q. Is it better to cook frozen or thawed burgers?

While you can definitely cook frozen patties, with fresh meat you may get a better result. Cooking a thawed burger is a good option because it will take about half the time to cook. It is also easier to ensure a defrosted patty is cooked evenly and thoroughly.


Frozen Burger Recipe: Grill, Fry, Oven, Air Fry

Air Fry Burger and Fries

Get ready for some frozen burger magic! No matter what cooking method you choose - grill, oven, pan fry or air fry - we've got you covered.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Frozen hamburger patties
  • Salt, pepper or other desired burger seasonings

Instructions

GRILL
1. Preheat the gas grill to 350 degrees or a charcoal grill to a medium-high heat.
2. Place the frozen burger patties directly onto the grill grate.
3. Cook the burgers for around 15 minutes. Flip them every 5 minutes or so to help ensure they cook evenly and help reduce flare ups.


OVEN
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet or cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray an oven-safe wire cooling rack with non-stick cooking spray. Place the metal wire rack on top of the baking tray.
3. Place the frozen hamburger patties on the wire rack, then place the entire tray in the oven.
4. Bake burgers for around 25 minutes, flipping once about halfway through.
5. During the last minute of baking, add cheese slices on top of the burgers if desired.


FRYING PAN/STOVE
1. Add cooking oil to a frying pan. Turn stove to medium heat and allow pan to warm up.
2. Place the frozen hamburgers into the hot pan.
3. Total cook time is about 15 minutes. Cook each frozen patty for about 3-5 minutes, then flip. Continue to flip every few minutes so both sides are evenly browned, have a nice crust and the internal temperature reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. If desired, add cheese during the last minute of cook time
5. Remove the burgers from the pan and place on a paper towel to absorb excess grease.


AIR FRYER
1. Set the air fryer temperature to 375 degrees.
2. Add the frozen beef patties in the air fryer. For best results, don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. The hot air needs to circulate for even cooking.
3. Cook burgers for a total cooking time of 15-20 minutes. Flip several times through the cooking process.
4. Remove from the air fryer.

Notes

  • Use an instant read thermometer to ensure the burgers have reached a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  • During the last minute of cooking, add a slice of cheese to the burgers if desired.
  • Allow burgers to rest for a couple minutes after removing from heat. Then add to your favorite bun and top with ketchup, mustard, relish, bacon, bbq sauce or other desired toppings.
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