Just about everybody loves a grilled hamburger. The savory perfume of that simple seasoned meat patty as it cooks on the grill gets everyone’s mouth watering. But sometimes, what should be a succulent treat turns out not as well as you’d like.
A limp piece of soggy, barely warm meat, or a burger that’s cooked so hard that it resembles a wooden coaster – this is not what you had in mind! And the culprit can be a simple failure to cook that frozen hamburger correctly on your grill.
So here is the information you need to make sure that your grilled hamburger comes out just the way you like it, each and every time.
How To Cook Frozen Hamburger Patties On A Gas Grill
Gas grills are so convenient. If a whole crowd of people suddenly turn up at your home, you can cook up a grilled feast in a short time – no waiting around for barbecue coals to get to the right temperature, no waiting around for the burgers to defrost; just fire up the gas grill and go!
Burgers can be really skinny, or an inch or more thick. The thinner the burger, the less cooking time is needed, if your burger is thicker then it’s going to need more time to cook. As we’re cooking from frozen, the option of cooking a rare burger is really not available – rare from frozen might mean a cold or completely uncooked middle, which would not be very appetizing. (If you want a rare burger, then defrost it first before cooking.)
So, fire up the gas grill to a medium-high temperature. You are looking for a temperature of around 325 degrees. This is important, so you might want to give the grill a minute or two to ensure that the grill is really hot and ready for your burgers. Don’t think that by turning the grill up higher, you can cook your hamburgers more quickly; this will just result in the burnt on the outside, raw in the inside burger which is the hallmark of the amateur barbecue chef!
But let’s go ahead and work on the basis that you are going to be cooking up America’s favorite, the hamburger made from juicy beef. First, brush your hamburgers with oil. This will aid in their cooking, prevent burning and of course, enhance flavor.
When cooking an average-sized hamburger from frozen, you should allow fifteen minutes for a medium for a well-cooked burger. Start by cooking the first side for five minutes, then turn over for another five minutes. Then flip again, and give each side a final 2 ½ minutes. You can check with your meat thermometer at this point, or simply split open a burger and check how it looks. Thicker burgers will need a little longer to cook, whereas really thin ones will take a little less time.
How To Cook Frozen Hamburger Patties On An Indoor Grill
Indoor grills are so convenient when the weather is bad outside. Cooking frozen hamburger patties on an indoor grill is really not much different from any other kind of grilling, but there are a few things you might want to remember.
As there is usually more heat in contact with your hamburger, you can take a little less time to cook those frozen patties. Heat your grill to around 375 degrees, and make sure your burgers have been brushed with a little oil to aid in cooking. Cook for four to five minutes on each side then check with your food thermometer or by inspection. You want your burger to be at 160 degrees F in the center to ensure food safety and a good eating experience.
At this point, you can turn up the heat and finish your burgers by searing them on both sides, giving them an outdoor grill finish.
If you are making hamburgers from scratch and then freezing them, and if you plan to cook them on your indoor grill, you might like to consider how to add that bit of extra flavoring to make them taste every bit as good as outdoor grilled burgers. The addition of an egg, to help bind the mixture, dried herbs, molasses, Worcester sauce or chopped garlic can make those burgers really zing.
Q: How Long Do You Cook Frozen Hamburger Patties On The Grill?
A – If you are cooking with a traditional charcoal barbecue grill, you are probably going to make the yummiest burgers on the block. However, you do need to get those coals good and glowing before you start. Leave yourself plenty of time, and create a good even bed of charcoal. You should be able to hold your hand over the coals for just a few seconds when the barbecue is hot enough. From frozen, you should allow a total of 7 ½ to 8 minutes per side, flipping frequently, for a total of 15 to 16 minutes.
Q: Is It OK To Grill Frozen Burgers?
A – It’s perfectly safe to grill your hamburgers from frozen, but you need to cook them for approximately twice as long as if they were defrosted and ready to cook. If you buy packaged burgers, then, of course, it makes sense to refer to the cooking instructions on the pack.
To cook your hamburger from frozen safely, you need to reach a temperature of 160 degrees F in the middle of the burger. If you have a meat thermometer, then it’s good to use this as a final check to make sure that the burger is cooked fully. However, if you don’t have a meat thermometer, then you can follow these guidelines and produce a tasty burger every time.
Remember that burgers may come in different thicknesses, and are not necessarily made from beef. You might be cooking hamburgers made from lamb, pork, turkey, chicken, vegetarian, even vegan burgers. Vegan and vegetarian burgers generally require the least cooking, turkey, chicken, and pork the most.
To Sum It All Up
Hamburgers are a delicious, popular, and convenient food that can be everything from downhome to gourmet. You can make your own from scratch and freeze them for a future occasion, or you can buy packaged burgers to have on standby for when that big hungry crowd turns up. To cook from frozen enables you to prepare a meal at short notice, and simply take a little extra care and time.