Burgers are among the best things to grill during the summertime. Not much will beat a grilled burger in the glorious sunshine while lazing around the garden, park, or beach.
Grilled burgers are simple and quick to cook, so they’re ideal if you’re responsible for feeding multiple friends and family members at once.
Frozen burger patties are much easier to transport and store than fresh patties. They offer a longer shelf life to prevent the possibility of illness, and they tend to keep their shape more easily than fresh patties.
While frozen patties might be more manageable in the lead up to your grilling party, how do you go about cooking frozen burgers for everyone?
Having to wait for the meat to defrost will take a long time and might push back the grilling session by a lot, so it’s preferable to grill them straight out of the freezer.
Below we’ll be looking at how to grill frozen burgers perfectly so you’re sure to be named the designated griller for many years to come.
Preparing the meat
Preparing the patties is vital and sets you up for either blazing success or utter failure. Before you prepare them; however, you need to purchase the best type of frozen burgers.
Try and find some that contain high-quality ingredients such as lean meat rather than lots of fats. This will leave your guests with a more enjoyable experience rather than a mouthful of fat.
You can either defrost the patties or grill them straight out of the freezer. If you’re planning on defrosting them, you’ll need to read the back of the packet to see how long the manufacturer recommends to leave them thawing.
Alternatively, you can submerge the patties in water to speed up the defrosting process.
However, if you don’t want to wait to defrost your burger patties, feel free to take them straight to the grill while frozen. You might need to use a butter knife to break the frozen patties apart from one another, so be careful when doing this.
Get them on the grill!
Now that you’ve got your patties ready, whether they’re defrosted or still frozen, they’re ready to take them to the grill.
If you’ve previously thawed the burgers, follow the instructions on the back of the packet to ensure that you cook them to perfection.
However, if you’re currently standing over your grill with a plate full of frozen burger patties and no idea what to do next, don’t worry – we have you covered.
Preheat the grill to a high temperature.
We’d usually suggest leaving it on 325 degrees for around ten minutes to ensure that it is completely hot for when you introduce the meat onto it.
Once you’re happy that the grill is completely preheated and ready for the meat, place the patties onto the grill spaced evenly apart.
If you haven’t done so already, you can season the burgers now with salt and pepper.
Cook the burgers for around 20 minutes, flipping them every few minutes.
Don’t leave them unattended for too long at a time to avoid any large flames from reaching out of your grill. Bear in mind that 20 minutes is just a suggestion, you’ll need to check the burgers before serving them up to your guests.
It’s worth noting that different grills will offer up different cooking times. Charcoal grills often deliver hotter and colder spots around the grilling plate, so you might need to experiment slightly to ensure that you find the hottest areas to cook the meat.
Keeping the patties in the colder areas will only increase the cooking time.
Cook the burgers until the juices run clear. You want to remove the patties from the heat while they’re still producing clear juices to avoid dry burgers. If there is no liquid left in the burgers by the time you serve them up, you will have overcooked them.
You can also determine whether the patties are finished cooking by using a meat thermometer. Keep checking the burgers until the temperature of the middle of the patty reaches around 160 degrees.
We would suggest checking the internal temperature of every burger to ensure that each and every one of them is cooked thoroughly.
Some grills cook the patties at different paces, so just because one is cooked, doesn’t automatically mean all of the others are done as well.
Once the burgers are finished, you can add some slices of cheese to the top of them if you desire. Adding the cheese onto the patties while they’re still on the hot grill will allow the cheese to melt slightly, giving you a much nicer texture.
If you have a large heat-resistant glass lid that you can use with your grill, place this over the top of the patties with cheese on them.
The glass will act as an incubator and redirect the heat back down onto the top of the cheese, making it melt even more.
Once you’ve finished cooking all of the frozen patties before you turn the grill off, we would highly recommend toasting the buns before serving them up.
This will add crispiness to your burgers and take them to the next level.
Brush some melted butter onto the burger buns and lay them on the grill for a few seconds until they reach the perfect brown color.
Make sure that you don’t leave them on the grill for too long as they will burn easily.
If you decide to toast your buns after the burgers have finished cooking, you can turn the temperature of the grill down to low.
This will prevent you from burning the bread; however, we still would advise you to watch them as they cook. They’ll take much less time than you think!
Serve ‘em up, boys!
Now is the time we’ve all been waiting for – assembling the burgers ready to be served up to everyone. Layout whichever condiments and salad vegetables that you desire, and you can even add some fries to the mix.
If you didn’t add in any cheese beforehand, you can put some out now in case any of your guests want to make theirs a cheeseburger.
Obviously everyone has their own way of making their own favorite burgers, so don’t scrimp on the toppings now. Make sure that you have plenty of sauces, such as ketchup, barbeque, and mayonnaise.
Some people might enjoy some relish as well, so it might be worth picking some of that up.
For the salad, the basics are lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and rings of onion. However, others might enjoy radishes, pineapple rings, or peppers.
Some people like some very out there salads to put in their burgers, so don’t shy away from the obscure ingredients – we’re sure that someone will eat them!
Don’t forget the pickles! Not everyone will enjoy them, but if a pickle lover finds out that you’re not serving pickles for them to put in their burger, there will be hell to pay. Don’t believe us? We wouldn’t risk it anyway…
Additional sides for your burgers could be fries, whether it be french fries or thick-cut alternatives. Season them heavily and allow everyone to take as many as they’d like – you need fries to finish the meal.
For the inside of your burger, if you really wanted to push the boat out, you could always fry up some strips of bacon for people to add into their buns.