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How Long To Grill Frozen Burgers

Frozen burgers are great to have on hand. Not only do they last a long time but they are great when you are in a bind and can just be thrown on the grill.

Something to keep in mind is that they cook slightly differently than a fresh hamburger patty.

So the question at hand is, how long does it take to grill frozen burgers. Let’s go through the steps it takes to grill a frozen burger patty and just how long it will take.

2 Burger patties on wax papers with sea salt sprinkled on the counter.

How to grill frozen burger patties

The great part about cooking frozen burgers is that you skip the mess of making the patties. They may take a few minutes longer to cook but there isn’t any prep!

I have an entire post about how to grill burgers. But keep reading if you want more on frozen burgers specifically.

All in all, it takes about 10-15 minutes to grill a frozen burger patty from the moment you place it on the preheated grill grates to the moment the burger meets your lips.

There is no need to thaw your patties before you cook them. They will go straight from the freezer onto the grill.

Instructions to cooking frozen burger patties

Preheat your grill to 350°F – 400°F. Having preheated grill grates is key to grilling up a great burger.

Remove the patties from the freezer and separate them. They typically have parchment paper keeping them from sticking together. Be sure to discard the papers.

Once your grill is preheated and the papers are removed, place the patties on the grill. Close the lid and leave them alone to thaw and cook. The less you move them around the better.

After about 3-5 minutes, flip your burgers over. You should see that it has thawed, turn brown, and had nice grill marks cooking into it.

If you enjoy a toasted bun with your burger, now is the time to add them to the top rack of your grill.

Check out some great burger bun options on my post about the best buns for burgers.

Continue to let the frozen patties cook on the other side for another 5 or so minutes. Press down gently on each patty with your spatula checking for clear juices to seep out of them.

Be careful when you do this as your grill may flare up due to the grease from your patty dripping into the flame.

Lower the heat of your grill a little if you are getting flare-ups.

Once your burgers are at least 160° you can remove them from the grill and place them on your buns and add all the toppings you enjoy!

Click here for my post on how to know when a burger is done.


  • Preheat grill to 350°F
  • Take frozen patties out of the freezer and remove the parchment paper
  • Place on preheat grill
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes before flipping over
  • Flip over patties and continute to cook for another 5 or so minutes
  • Add buns to the upper rack to toast them on the grill (optional)
  • Push down on the patties gently looking for clear juices
  • Remove when the pattties are cooked to at least 160°F
  • Dress your burger with your favorite toppings and Enjoy!


How long do you cook frozen burgers on each side?

Frozen burgers should be cooked for about 5-7 minutes on each side. They are done cooking when they reach 160°F.
Try not to flip them too many times or they will break apart.

How do you make a frozen burger juicy?

You can make frozen burgers juicy by cooking them at around 350°F and getting them off from the grill when they reach 160°F and not allowing them to overcook.

Do you have to defrost burgers before cooking?

No, you do not have to let burgers defrost before your cook them on the grill. They will defrost while they are on the grill and then continue to cook until they get up to 160°F.
Cooking them at 350°F will be a great temp to cook them at so they do not cook too fast.

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