How To Cook Frozen Burgers
Who doesn’t love a good burger? Even if it’s a frozen one, those shelf-stable patties can provide a quick, convenient meal in no time. With just a little bit of know-how, you can make the most of these simple delicacies.
You can’t beat the classics. If you’ve got a grill and a livable environment in your backyard, the grill is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you want to make a burger, and for good reason. There’s something about the flavor propane and charcoal impart on food that you just can’t get with some electric appliance inside (although, the same can be said for those electric appliances). How do you do it then?
Heat up the grill before you get your frozen burgers ready. This is especially important with frozen burgers since it’s going to take a bit longer for the heat to get all the way to the middle of your patties. For propane grills, you might as well throw all the grill’s burners up to max while you’re heating it up. Once you put the patties on, reduce to a medium-low heat as you don’t want to scorch them right off the bat.
If you’re using a charcoal grill, just be careful not to let it get too hot in there. Charcoal flavor is delicious, but you don’t want the whole burger to be a pile of ash by the time it’s cooked.
Whether you’re on a charcoal grill, a gas grill, or cooking over a fire pit, keep in mind the age-old burger grilling tip: flip once! Burgers are pretty simple. Don’t fuss with them too much and they’ll come out delicious. Times will vary depending on your particular patty, but generally speaking, you can bet a big frozen burger will need about 5 minutes on one side and 4-5 minutes on the other. It’s a good idea to keep a meat thermometer on hand as well rather than cutting the burgers open or taking a chance on biting into raw meat. Well done, safe temperature for ground beef is 165.
Once they’re up to temp, throw some cheese on those babies and after just another minute or so with the lid closed, they should be good to go! If you want to spice it up a bit, toss the buns on the grill for about a minute before serving. Your taste buds will thank you.
If the grill isn’t an option or you just want to try something different, burgers in the oven are surprisingly delicious in their own right. Basting in their own juices as they cook, you’re sure to have a mouth-watering, juicy burger at the cost of a bit more time.
To cook a burger in the oven, you’ll want to crank that heat up. If you’ve ever made a meatloaf, you know ground beef likes to take its time in the oven. 375 should do the trick. [https://fantabulosity.com/hamburgers-in-the-oven/]
While the oven’s heating up, get a deep, oven-safe pan and load your patties up in a single layer. If your pan is glass, you’ll probably want to grease it. I know, burgers are full of grease; you’d think they’d take care of that themselves, but we’ve all seen that doesn’t really pan out. Season to taste and put them in the oven.
As usual, your cooking time will vary depending on what kind of patty you’re using. If you’re using a quarter-pound frozen patty, don’t bother checking its temp until a good 25 minutes into the cooking process. The oven method does take a while, but if you want an oven burger, that’s just the price you have to pay.
Once they hit the safe internal temperature of 165, you’re golden. After you get the hang of how to cook frozen burgers in the oven, you’ll know how long it will take before you can put cheese in with whatever your particular frozen patty weighs. For a first trial, though, just wait until the temperature hits the 155-160 range. That should be late enough into the process to put the cheese on.
That’s pretty much it, really. Ovens are certainly less hands-on than the other methods– doesn’t get much easier than setting a timer and waiting, after all. Enjoy your juicy burger!
Want the speed of a grill without the grill? The stovetop is the solution for you. Sure, you won’t get the classic backyard burger taste, but the stovetop has its own charms as well. Sometimes you want a grilled burger, and sometimes you want that thin, pan-seared patty that the stovetop provides.
Usually, when it comes to burgers, you want to preheat whatever you’re working with. Frozen burgers in a skillet though? Not so much. By putting your frozen patty in the pan right as you start heating it, you let the frost gradually reduce as the cooking process begins so you don’t end up with a crispy outside and a raw inside. Put your patties in your stove pan of choice and turn the stove up to medium heat.
As with the grill method, try not to fuss with the burger too much. Once the heat’s ramped up and the burgers are sizzling, give them a good 4-6 minutes on each side, preferably with a lid over the pan. Keeping that heat inside is a great way to evenly and thoroughly cook frozen patties since they’re, you know, frozen. Check for the safe temperature of 165, throw some cheese on there, and you’re good to go.
Just like the oven method, once you get the hang of this, you’ll know when it’s safe to put your cheese on. In the meantime, checking for around 160 is a safe bet with this method too. Be careful while using the lid, by the way– condensation builds up and is liable to drip into the burger grease if you aren’t careful, so don’t expect this to be a particularly clean experience.
Other than that, make sure you use a good seasoning and enjoy your delicious burgers!