How Long to Cook Frozen Burgers on Grill


When grilling frozen burgers, there are a few things you need to know: how long they take to cook, and how to tell if they’re done. It’s important to be aware that the cooking times listed below may vary depending on how thick your patties are, how hot your grill gets, and what kind of meat you’re using. But don’t worry! We’ve made these estimates based on our experience with different types of burgers so you can trust they’re pretty accurate.

15 minutes

Grilling frozen hamburgers is a simple process. The minimum cooking time for burgers is 15 minutes, but you may find that your grill can handle more than one burger at a time. If so, be sure to rotate them regularly so they cook evenly and don’t burn. Here’s how:

  • Preheat your grill using high heat for about 10 minutes before cooking the burgers (a charcoal or gas grill works best).
  • Place each patty on its own square of aluminum foil and wrap it tightly in order to help prevent burning on the outside while keeping juices inside during cooking; this also makes flipping easier later on! Then place them directly onto the hottest part of your grill surface — usually near where flames would come out if there were any — with an aluminum-foil shield between each patty so nothing gets burned or falls into another one’s space! Close lid immediately after putting food down so smoke won’t escape into house; keep lid closed throughout entire cooking process unless opening briefly to turn meat over once halfway through grilling process.*

20 minutes


20 minutes is the right cooking time for frozen burgers on a grill. The burgers should be browned and cooked through, but not burned. They should also reach an internal temperature of 160 F.

For best results, use a meat thermometer to ensure that your burgers are done before taking them off the grill.

25 minutes

The cooking time of a frozen burger will depend on the thickness of your patty. Thicker burgers take longer to cook, but you can always adjust your grill temperature as needed to get them done right.

You can also add cheese to your burger for some extra flavor and texture. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding condiments like ketchup, mustard or mayo–just be sure not to overdo it!

30 minutes

  • 15 minutes – This is a good place to start. If you’re cooking frozen hamburgers on a gas grill, set the heat at medium-high and let them cook for about 15 minutes. When they’re done, use an instant read thermometer to check that they’ve reached 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius).
  • 20 minutes – If your burgers are still undercooked after 15 minutes of grilling, try 20 instead. Again, turn the heat up just a bit–to high or medium-high–and let them cook for another 10-15 minutes before checking their temperature with an instant read thermometer; it should read at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius).
  • 25 minutes – For those with an affinity for well done beef patties (or those who have just forgotten how long they’ve been on), this longer cooking time will do the trick! Just like before: turn up your grill’s temperature until it reaches high or medium-high heat; then let it sit there for another 10-15 minutes before checking with an instant read thermometer to make sure everything has reached its proper doneness level of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius).

Correct cooking times

The correct cooking time for frozen burgers will depend on a few factors, including the kind of meat you’re using, whether you’re grilling or stovetop cooking and how thick your patties are. Grilling is often considered the best way to cook frozen burgers because it allows for more direct heat. If you choose to grill your burgers (and we highly recommend that), remember that they’ll need at least 10 minutes on each side before hitting with cheese and toppings if they’re thin enough not to fall apart while they’re cooking.

For those who don’t have access to an outdoor grill but still want their burgers au naturel–or if you just want something different from time-honored tradition–there are other options available as well! Stovetop cooks can look forward to slightly less time than their outdoor counterparts: about eight minutes per side should suffice here. Those who prefer ovens should plan on about 12-15 minutes per side at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (170 degrees Celsius). Microwave users should expect similar results as stovetop cooks; microwaves tend to cook faster than conventional ovens anyway, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise!


And that’s it! You should now be able to cook frozen burgers on the grill with ease. It may seem like a daunting task, but we promise that once you get the hang of it, cooking burgers will become second nature. And don’t forget–the best way to keep them from getting overcooked or burned is by using an accurate meat thermometer like this one from ThermoWorks:

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