By Christie Vanover | Published August 31, 2022 | Last Updated August 31, 2022
Why should I use frozen burgers?
I love burgers made with fresh ground beef, but sometimes life moves fast and you just need to be able to grab a frozen beef patty and get dinner ready quickly.
The good news is with a little seasoning and your favorite condiments, grilled frozen burgers are actually really good.
When using frozen patties, don’t thaw them. They’re meant to go straight from the freezer to the grill.
Substitutions: Instead of combining the spices to make your own burger blend, you can also buy pre-made seasoning blends like Brisket Rub from Spiceology.
How to grill frozen burgers
- STEP ONE: Combine the salt, pepper, garlic and cumin in a small bowl to make the best burger seasoning ever.
- STEP TWO: Place the frozen patties on a baking sheet and sprinkle a pinch or so of burger seasoning on each patty.
- STEP THREE: Heat your Ninja Grill to grill with a temperature of 375F degrees. If using the Woodfire Grill, set the temperature to medium. Set the time for 20 minutes.
- STEP FOUR: Place the patties on the preheated grill, seasoned side down. Then, sprinkle more dry rub on the tops. You’ll have some seasoning left over. Close the lid and grill for five minutes.
- STEP FIVE: Flip them over and grill 5-6 more minutes with the hood closed.
NINJA PRO TIP: By using this burger seasoning blend, your burgers will develop an amazing crust on the Ninja Grill. And unlike using a gas grill or charcoal grill, you won’t have any flare ups.
- STEP SIX: After five more minutes, add a slice of cheese on each patty and cook for 30-60 seconds, until it’s melted.
- STEP SEVEN: Remove the patties from the grill and build your burger.
How to serve grilled burgers
As your frozen burgers are grilling, start assembling your buns and condiments.
I prefer to place the patty straight on the bun and then top it with pickles. I smear ketchup, mayo and mustard on the top bun and sandwich it up.
Leave a comment below and let me know what favorite toppings you put on your perfect burgers.
Don’t forget to whip up a batch of air fryer frozen garlic parmesan ranch fries to go along with your grilled frozen burgers.
These burgers are best eaten right away. If you try to save an assembled burger, the buns will get soggy.
If you want to make some burgers to do meal planning, save the cooked burgers in a single layer in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
When you’re ready to eat them, reheat the patties and then build your burger.
Frequently Asked Questions
All frozen beef patties take about the same amount of cooking time, assuming they weigh 1/3 of a pound. When grilled at 375F or on medium-high, they’ll take 10-15 minutes, depending on how done you like them. I find 12 minutes is the sweet spot.
The best way to measure the safe internal temperature is with a meat thermometer. Look for a reading of 160F degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, cooking it 5-6 minutes per side will get you there.
If you buy frozen hamburger patties, you should grill them from a frozen state. If you thaw them first, they could fall apart when you try to flip them.
Look for them in your grocery store with the frozen meat. They come in many varieties, including turkey and veggie burgers. When cooking a patty that’s not beef, be sure to read the box directions in case the recommended cooking times vary.
Grilled Frozen Burgers
- 4 frozen beef patties
- 4 slices American cheese
- 4 hamburger buns
- burger condiments
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp coarse ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- Season: Combine the burger seasoning ingredients in a small bowl. Place the patties on a sheet pan and sprinkle a pinch of seasoning on each one.
- Heat Grill: Heat the Ninja Foodi Grill to 375F and the Woodfire Grill to medium.
- Grill: Place the patties on the grill seasoned side down. Sprinkle more rub on top. Grill for five minutes with the hood closed. Flip. Grill for five more minutes.
- Add Cheese: Place a slice of cheese on each patty and let it melt for 30-60 seconds. Remove the patties from the grill.
- Assemble: Place each patty on a bun and top with your favorite condiments.