Frozen beef patties are a staple of many kitchens because they're quick and easy to prepare straight out of the freezer. Although you'll find several brands of pre-frozen patties at the supermarket, forming them yourself from fresh ground beef costs less and gives you the option of using leaner meat. Grill frozen patties on your grill or on your stove top using a grill pan.
Season the patties, if you wish, by sprinkling them with salt and pepper and your favorite herbs. Use finely ground seasonings and rub them into the patties to help them adhere to the meat's frozen surface.
Preheat the grill or grill pan. If you use a charcoal grill, light the coal according to the manufacturer's instructions. The coals are ready to use when they stop flaming and a white ash covers them. Alternatively, heat a gas grill or grill pan to medium, which is about 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the frozen patties directly on the grill or grill pan.
Cook the patties until the juices that rise to the surface run clear.
Turn the patties with a spatula. Continue cooking until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of each patty registers at least 160 degrees.
Top the patties with cheese, if you wish, just before you remove them from the grill. The meat's heat will melt the cheese.
Remove the patties from the grill or grill pan and serve alone or on a bun, with your favorite toppings.
Things You'll Need
Grill or grill pan
Take the patties out of the freezer immediately before cooking so the outsides don't start to defrost before the patties hit the heat.
Grill vegetables, such as onions and mushrooms, while you cook the patties. Top the patties with the cooked vegetables.
A cast-iron grill pan conducts heat well and gives restaurant-style results.
Although frequent flipping may reduce the sear many cooks like, it also decreases the risk that uneven cooking will result in some areas of your patties failing to reach safe temperatures.
Use a digital instant-read thermometer for thin patties. For the most accurate reading, insert the thermometer into the edge of each patty. Push it at least 2 inches in.
Broiling is a good alternative to grilling patties. Position the patties on the broiler pan, and set the pan on a rack set about 4 inches below the heating element. Flip the patties after the juices on top run clear, then continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Alternatively, broil the patties in a toaster oven.
Undercooked beef patties may contain dangerous bacteria. Always cook beef patties to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wash your hands thoroughly after you handle frozen patties. Use soap and hot water and rinse your hands thoroughly.