The Challenge: How To Season Frozen Hamburger Patties
The problem we face here is that the ice glaze on the frozen patty, which helps to prevent freezer burn, also prevents anything from sticking to it. The solution is pretty simple actually. A quick water bath to shed that outer layer of ice. Once that outer layer of ice is gone, we now have a wet surface to apply our seasoning.
For the bath, I used a mixture of Worcestershire and liquid smoke with warm water. Slide your burger patties into the bath directly from the freezer. This quick bath will only take a moment, do not try to thaw the patties in here. At this point, they are ready to go.
The preset temperature of the grill, or in my case pellet smoker, is set to 350º. This is one reason I love our pellet grill. I can set it and then take care of the prep and not worry about the charcoal burning off, going out, or dealing with flare-ups on the gas grill. More on that later but it is the best way to cook during the summer to help keep the house cool.
How to Cook Frozen Hamburger Patties
From the water bath, place the patties onto the grill grates and then season. For burgers, I prefer to use MeatChurch The Gospel All Purpose Rub.
Now the seasoning is only on one side of the patty right now. That’s ok. Close the lid and let it go. You are looking at a cook time of roughly 12 – 15 minutes on the first side. Flip the burgers and then season the other side, close the lid, and let them go another 6 minutes or so.
Your total cooking time is going to be about 16-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the burger. Since we are using a frozen ground beef patty I am cooking all the way through, these are not the patties to try and get a perfect medium rare on.
The slow cook on the pellet grill produces a tender and juicy burger, even when they are cooked through, that is well seasoned and takes minimal effort.
The entire family was surprised how well they came out. My wife has asked that I try turkey burgers next.
Now, these may not be your version of the “perfect burgers” but considering the time and effort, they were a great way to knock out a fast meal. After this, I decided to keep a pack of frozen patties in the freezer for those busy weeknights that we didn’t have time to plan.
Dress Up Your Burger Patties
So up until now, this has just been seasoning and cooking frozen burger patties. When it comes to dressing it up, make sure to use your favorite bun, a slice of cheese. We like potato hamburger buns as they stand up to juices better, which means they won’t fall apart. So load it up with your favorite toppings and grab plenty of paper towels, these don’t take a long time and they won’t make a mess with your cookie sheet or baking tray. I have also included a recipe below for my family’s favorite BBQ Burger sauce. I threw together this burger sauce at the last minute one day and it became an instant hit.