5 Best Ways to Cook Frozen Burgers

You get home from work and realize you forgot to defrost the burgers for dinner. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to cook frozen burgers if you know how to do it. Here are five of our favorite ways to cook frozen burgers at home!

Cook Frozen Burgers at Home

The first thing you need to do is thaw it at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

1. On a Skillet over the stovetop

 Cook Frozen Burgers on a Skillet over the stovetop

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add frozen burgers and cook, occasionally flipping until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 15 minutes total (do not press down on the patties). Serve with desired toppings.

2. On the Grill

 Cook Frozen Burgers on a Grill

This is a great way to cook frozen burgers if you have a grill. If you don’t have one, consider buying your own! The good news is that grilling takes less time than other methods and requires no special equipment. You’ll need:

  1. A grill pan or metal baking tray
  2. Cooking oil
  3. Paper towels for the plate/pan to drain off excess oil.

Set the grill to medium heat and heat the burger for 2 to 3 minutes before flipping it over.

3. In the Air fryer

 Cook Frozen Burgers in the Air Fryer

The best way to cook frozen burgers is in your air fryer. Air frying is a healthy way to cook food and will keep your oven free from other things. Also, cooking with an air fryer doesn’t require oil or grease!

The best part about this method is that it’s easy as pie:

  • Preheat to 350/ 400 F.
  • Place frozen burger patties on a wire rack inside the basket of your air fryer (make sure they don’t touch each other), and time them for 2 to 4 minutes.

4. In the Oven

 Cook Frozen Burgers in the oven

Oven cooking is an excellent option for when you want to cook something quickly and easily. The best part is that the oven doesn’t require any special tools or equipment or much time, so it’s perfect if you don’t have much time before dinner—or if you’re looking for an easy way to save yourself some work.

The critical thing to remember here is that frozen burgers will take longer than fresh burgers, so keep an eye on them while cooking! Preheat the oven to 400 F. Heat the burger for 3 minutes and flip it over.

5. In the Microwave

While the microwave may be quick, it’s not an excellent choice for cooking frozen burgers.

We wouldn’t recommend reheating your patty in the microwave; if you want a crispy outer crust and juicy center (like when you cook burgers on an outdoor grill), stick with these other methods! Microwaves can make them soggy.

Nevertheless, this is one way to do it when there is no other way to heat frozen burgers. 


Whether you’re a burger fanatic or want to ensure you have something on hand for nights when you don’t feel like cooking, frozen burgers are a lifesaver.

So there you have it! A quick and easy guide to cooking frozen burgers. Now all you have to do is pick your favorite kind of burger, thaw it out, and get cooking!

After mastering the best ways to cook frozen burgers, you might be interested in hacks on how to heat food in your car for those on-the-go moments.

Shaleen Ashish
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