We’ve all been there. You forgot to thaw your frozen burgers or frozen steak and now you’re ready for dinner. It's all you have and you're starving, so now what?
Can You Cook Frozen Burgers?
You’re scrambling for time because you promised the family you’d make your famous burgers, or even more, their favorite Kobe Burgers. The short answer: yes, you can cook frozen burgers. You might be surprised to know it’s pretty easy to cook burgers from frozen, and you aren’t losing a lot of the flavor either. We’ll go into more details and tips about cooking frozen burgers, but you’ll want to rotate the burgers every 3-4 minutes, and flip 2-3 times, for a total cooking time of 20-22 minutes. Read these tips for cooking frozen beef patties in a frying pan.

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Is It Safe To Cook Frozen Burgers?
According to the USDA website, “To keep bacterial levels low, store ground beef at 40 °F (4.4 °C) or below and use within 2 days, or freeze. To destroy harmful bacteria, cook ground beef to a safe minimum internal temperature of 160 °F (71.1 °C).” The USDA confirms it is safe to cook frozen burgers and other meat.

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Tips For Cooking Frozen Burgers
It should go without saying, but grilling frozen burgers or even cooking frozen burgers on the stovetop will require more time to cook all the way through (about 50% more time according to the USDA, linked above), compared to if you had time to thaw them out. So turn the grill on early and let it start to heat up. An ideal grill temperature will be around 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, we prefer thawing out any meat before cooking or grilling it, but it isn’t always an option. When cooking frozen burgers, we recommend you stay attentive to your grill (which you should do anyways). A grill term known as flare ups are likely to happen. “A flare-up can be a nasty thing, coming on quickly and posing a direct threat to whatever is on the grill. These bursts of intense flames are caused by oil or fat dripping off of food and hitting the coals, essentially causing a grease fire,” via the popular blog Serious Eats. If you do encounter a flare up when grilling your frozen burgers, don’t panic. Just move the burger patty to a different area of the grill until the flare up gets under control.
Don’t Overcook Your Frozen Burgers (Duh)
Be sure not to overcook the burgers. While this may seem like an obvious tip, we’ve seen many grill novices cook the burgers too long, in hopes to account for the frozen patty. As long as moisture/juices are still being released from the burger, you should be fine. If you notice the patty goes dull or doesn’t seem to be releasing juices, you may want to take the patty off the grill and check it before you end up overcooking it or drying it out. If you are using Good Ranchers quality beef, grilling them should be easy, not to mention you’ll end up with a delicious product. That’s because we only use the highest-quality, local beef in our meat subscription boxes and pop-up locations.
Use Oil On Your Grill To Help Prevent Sticking
If you don’t usually oil up your grill, this is the time you’ll want to do that. One of the hardest parts about grilling frozen burgers is that they often stick to the grill. Using oil along the grill grates will help prevent the patties from sticking, making it easy to flip and cook to perfection. You can still season your burgers how you normally would, but allowing them to thaw just a little, even 5-10 minutes will help your seasoning stick the patty. two burger patties on grill with flames
Use A Meat Thermometer When Grilling Frozen Burgers
We highly suggest using a meat thermometer if you’re cooking frozen burgers or cooking something for the first time to ensure the internal temperature is safe to eat and ready to go. This will also help you from overcooking them, knowing exactly when they’re ready to take off the grill. Using our meat delivery service will ensure you always have quality meat on hand. Frozen meat deliveries makes it easy to store meat, and pull out in time for dinner after a long, busy day.
How Should Raw Ground Beef Be Stored At Home?
Refrigerate or freeze ground beef as soon as possible after purchase. This preserves freshness and slows the growth of bacteria. It can be refrigerated or frozen in its original packaging if the meat will be used soon. If refrigerated, keep at 40 °F (4.4 °C) or below and use within 1 or 2 days. For longer freezer storage, wrap in heavy-duty plastic wrap, aluminum foil, freezer paper, or plastic bags made for freezing. Ground beef is safe indefinitely if kept frozen, but will lose quality over time. It is best if used within 4 months. Mark your packages with the date they were placed in the freezer so you can keep track of storage times. The above section comes directly from the USDA website. 4 burgers on grill with flames
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