Can you really cook frozen burgers on a Blackstone griddle? Absolutely! We’ll show you how…
Nothing says summer like hamburgers grilled to perfection in the backyard, preferably with some delicious side dishes and a cold beer in hand.
I must grill burgers 100 times a year, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up and cook some burgers on my Blackstone flat top griddle.
And I don’t mean smash burgers, those are unbelievably delicious and my kids go crazy for them. But sometimes I just want a good old fashioned cheeseburger with all the trimmings.
I prefer to use fresh ground beef but frozen burger patties are good in a pinch too. You can’t beat the convenience, and if you cook them right they’ll be almost as good as fresh.
How To Cook Frozen Burgers On A Blackstone Griddle (Step By Step)
- Light your griddle and set it to medium heat.
- Add a very thin layer of oil or butter.
- Place the frozen patties (no need to defrost them first) on the griddle to cook.
- Sprinkle on your favorite seasoning. I like basic salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Montreal steak seasoning is another favorite.
- Optional – cover your burger patties with a basting cover or aluminum pan to trap the heat and speed up the cooking process.
- When your burgers are thawed and you can see the juices appearing, flip them over to cook the other side.
- Cook until your burgers reach an internal temperature of 160° Fahrenheit. Total cooking time should be about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Optional – add some cheese and let it melt (American and Muenster are my favorites).
- Remove your burgers, add your favorite toppings or sauces, and serve.[/snippet]
Do You Need To Defrost Frozen Burgers Before Cooking?
No, there’s absolutely no need to defrost frozen burger patties before cooking them. You can take them right of the freezer and put them directly on the hot griddle.
I’ve been grilling frozen burgers right out of the freezer for years and I’ve never had a problem. If you read the packaging, some brands like Bubba Burgers specifically tell you not to defrost their burgers before cooking.
If you start grilling with your patties still frozen it will take a few extra minutes to cook, but you’ll save a ton of time by not waiting for them to defrost.
Can Frozen Burgers Warp A Blackstone Griddle?
Some people say that putting unthawed frozen foods on a Blackstone griddle could damage and warp the cooking surface.
In my experience, it’s perfectly fine to cook frozen foods on a Blackstone griddle and there’s no need to thaw them out first.
I’ve cooked many frozen burger patties on my Blackstone and I’ve never had a problem with it warping. I also add frozen veggies to my fried rice, and even take frozen french fries right out of the bag and cook them right on the hot flat top surface.
What Temp Should You Cook Frozen Burgers On A Blackstone Griddle?
When you’re cooking frozen burger patties, you want to aim for a medium heat of about 300° to 350° Fahrenheit. If you’re cooking surface is too hot the outside will burn before the inside finishes cooking.
Cooking it over medium heat will give you the best results with a deliciously crispy outside and a juicy interior full of flavor.
How Long Do You Cook A Frozen Burger?
Depending on your burger’s thickness and the heat you’re cooking at, total cooking time will be about ten to fifteen minutes.
Your best bet is to go by temperature rather than cooking time as you want to make sure your burger’s interior reaches 160° to kill any potential bacteria.
Cooks with lots of experience can tell a burger is done by look and touch, but to be completely sure it helps to have a reliable instant read thermometer handy.
Are Frozen Burgers As Good As Fresh?
Frozen burger patties can taste just as good as fresh hamburger meat, and if anything it might even be safer because there’s less opportunity for bacteria to be introduced into the meat.
Of course, fresh meat allows more options for customizing your burgers by mixing in other ingredients, such as onions, when you form the patties.
What’s The Best Way To Season Frozen Burgers?
The key to seasoning frozen burgers is to not add any seasoning until they’re on the hot grill. If you try sprinkling on salt, pepper, garlic powder, or other dry seasonings while the patties are still frozen, the seasoning won’t stick and you’ll lose a bunch as you transfer them to the grill.
I typically keep my burgers simple with a little kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, or maybe some garlic powder or Montreal steak seasoning. You can also add onion powder, chili powder, paprika, or other herbs or spices you like best.
Barbecue sauce is a great option to kick the flavor up a notch, but be sure to wait until the burgers are almost completely cooked before adding it. Add it too soon and the sugars in most BBQ sauces will burn before the burger is done.
If barbecue sauce isn’t your thing you can can try slathering on some Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, or steak sauce.
Once the burger is cooked you can add an almost infinite combination of toppings including cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, roasted peppers, onions, bacon, avocado, a fried egg…be creative!