How Long to Grill Frozen Burgers


Grilling frozen burgers can be a significant convenience and time saver. It can save time so that you don’t have to thaw the burgers first, make the ground beef into patties, and worry about portion sizes. All of that is done for you. But you might be wondering how long to grill frozen burgers.


We’ll help you know how your burgers are done, how to prepare them for grilling, and more.

Can you Cook Burgers from Frozen?

Yes, you can grill burger patties from frozen. Frozen beef burgers can be grilled on a charcoal grill, gas grill, or even on the stovetop.

How to Prepare Frozen Burgers for Grilling

There are two ways you can potentially cook frozen burgers. You can either thaw them first or grill them frozen.

Thawed. The benefit of grilling a thawed burger is that it will have the potential of cooking evenly which results in a juicier and tastier burger.

To thaw your frozen burgers before grilling them, place them on a plate in the refrigerator overnight.

Frozen. To grill a frozen burger, simply remove the burger from the freezer, take off any paper that’s between patties, and place them directly on the grill.

frozen burgers on the counter
frozen burgers on the counter

How to Grill Frozen Hamburgers

Following are our step-by-step instructions for how to grill frozen hamburgers.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Equipment

Begin by pulling together everything you’ll need. If you want grilled burger toppings, prepare those, as well as gather any grill spatula and other equipment you’ll need.

wrapped frozen burgers
wrapped frozen burgers

Step 2: Preheat Grill

Preheat your grill. If using a gas grill, you can preheat it to 400F degrees. If using a charcoal grill, you can light it and get a good fire going.

Step 3: Separate Burger Patties

Most frozen burgers come stacked together with paper separating them from sticking together. You’ll want to separate the patties and discard any papers. 

Step 4: Grill the Frozen Burgers

Place the burgers on the grill so that they can begin cooking. For the best results, flip the burgers only once.  Confirm that the internal temperature for ground beef has reached 155F degrees.

Step 5: Remove Patties & Toast the Buns

If you like toasted buns, you can toast the buns, add any cheese to the patties to allow it a few minutes to melt, and then remove everything from the grill.

Step 6: Serve!

You’re ready to serve the burgers. Enjoy!

frozen hamburgers
frozen hamburgers

Tips and Tricks for Grilling Frozen Burgers

Our biggest tip for grilling frozen burgers whether using charcoal, gas, or stovetop is to give patties space.

By allowing them adequate space to cook, the heat will circulate more evenly and will result is a more successful outcome that’s delicious.

What to Serve with Grilled Burgers?

There are so many great recipes that can be served with grilled burgers. Whether you’re looking for a fresh summer salad, or an additional dish that you can throw on the grill, here are some ideas.

Smoked Green Beans
Smoked Baked Beans
Grilled Baked Potato
Grilled Apples
Grilled Mac and Cheese
Broccoli Salad Panera Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad
Loaded Potato Salad

Does the Patty Thickness Make a Difference for Cook Time?

Yes, the patty thickness does make a difference as far as cook time is concerned. As you might think, a thicker patty takes longer to cook than a thin patty does to reach the same internal temperature.

frozen burgers to grill
frozen burgers to grill

How Long to Cook Frozen Burgers on Grill

Whether you want to determine how long to grill Kirkland frozen burgers, how long to grill frozen burgers at 400, grilling Costco frozen burgers, how long to grill frozen burgers on gas grill, or are simply gathering more information for when you grill your next frozen burgers, it’s all in the internal temperature.

The length of cook time will be determined based factors such as the temperature of the grill, the thickness of the burger, and whether the burger is fully frozen or has been thawed.

The most important thing is that the internal temperature should reach at least 155F degrees before your beef burgers are removed from the grill.

Frozen Burgers on Charcoal Grill

Can you cook frozen hamburgers on a charcoal grill? Yes, you absolutely can.

However, you will want to be aware that it can be a little more challenging to maintain the temperature of a charcoal grill compared to a gas grill.

Grill Temperature for Frozen Burgers

Maintaining a grill temperature can be especially tricky when using a charcoal grill, and a little more reliable when using a gas grill.

Our recommendation is to cook your frozen burgers on a grill that’s approximately 400F degrees. However, slightly higher, or lower temperatures will also do the job.

Following is a list of beef temperatures to help you determine doneness. You’ll want to note that when using ground beef, the internal temperature should be at least 155F degrees for food safety reasons.

Beef Temperatures
Rare 125F degrees
Medium Rare 135F degrees
Medium 145F degrees
Medium Well 155F degrees
Well Done 165F degrees
Ground 155F degrees

Frozen burger meat on table before grilling, defrost before grilling
Frozen burger meat on table before grilling

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are frequently asked questions that relate to how long to grill frozen burgers. If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to drop it to us in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to answer it.

Is it better to grill frozen or thawed burgers?

Thawed burgers cook more evenly, which result in a tastier and juicier burger.

What temperature is a medium well burger?

For beef to be medium well done, the internal temperature must reach 155F degrees. This is also the recommended minimum internal temperature for ground beef.

Can you eat frozen burgers medium rare?

We don’t recommend eating beef medium rare due to the potential of food borne illness. The recommended minimum internal temperature for ground beef is 155F degrees.

Can frozen burgers be pink in the middle?

Frozen burgers have the potential of being pink in the middle depending on your desired doneness. If you don’t want them to be pink in the middle, simply place the burger back on the grill or finish it in a frying pan on the stovetop.

Do you need to season frozen burgers?

Whether you season frozen burgers is a matter of personal preference. While some folks like to add a variety of seasonings such as garlic salt, onion salt, rosemary, and more, we recommend adding a pinch of salt to bring out a bit of flavor.

How long to cook frozen burgers on stove?

When cooking frozen burgers on the stovetop, your ground beef should be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of at least 155F degrees.

Should I grill frozen burgers with lid open or closed?

We recommend cooking frozen burgers with the grill lid closed. Obviously, you’ll need to open the lid to check on them periodically and to flip them. But keeping the lid closed will allow a more even cooking experience.

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