If you’ve ever found yourself in the position of wanting to cook a burger but not having any meat thawed, you’re in luck. It is possible to cook frozen hamburger patties in the oven without defrosting them first. In this article, we will explain how to do it so that your burgers come out nice and juicy every time.
Can you cook frozen hamburger patties in the oven?
Yes. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to cook frozen hamburger patties in the oven- so long as you cook them correctly. For best results cook the patties for 6 minutes on each side at 450 degrees Fahrenheit or on the highest heating setting on an oven-safe cooking rack inserted on the sheet.
Step-by-step cooking frozen hamburger patties in the oven
Follow the steps below to fully enjoy those hamburger patties:
Preheat Your Oven
The best way to cook frozen hamburger patties in the oven is by preheating your oven to 400-425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepping your patties to cook evenly
There are a few things you can do to ensure that your frozen hamburger patties cook evenly in the oven.
- First, make sure that they are in a single layer on the baking sheet- if they are stacked on top of each other, they will cook unevenly.
- Second, make sure that the patties are not touching each other on the baking sheet. This will help them cook evenly.
- Finally, cook them on a wire rack rather than directly on the baking sheet- this will also help them cook evenly.
Start baking your patties
Once you’ve preheated your oven and put on some heat-resistant gloves, place the baking tray with patties near it. Be careful not to let any of its contents fall onto yourself or anything else while doing so!
Your frozen patties should take around 20-30 minutes of baking time, depending on their thickness. Make sure you keep an eye out for the best results and don’t overcook them!
Never underestimate the power of a good thermometer! Make sure your burger has an internal temperature of 160°F by using a thermometer.
Turning your patties
When your hamburger patties start baking, you will need to turn them 2-3 times. This will help cook the patty thoroughly and keep each side evenly cooked. Turning your patties every five-ten minutes is best, and at around the twenty-five-minute mark, feel free to add any cheese you would like to melt onto your hamburger patties.
Finish with broiling (optional)
Want an authentic chargrilled flavor on your frozen hamburger patties? Try placing them under the broiler for 6-7 minutes when they are done cooking!
Once you’ve allowed the meat to cook for about 3/4 of its total time, turn on the BROIL function of your oven.
It’s important that we watch our patties at this point because they’ll start sizzling quickly, I like keeping an eye out by watching what happens with my meat thermometer–no room for any mistakes here!
After about 3 minutes – flip them over. Keep cooking until both sides are nicely golden-brown in color.
Take those hamburger patties out of the oven.
When your frozen hamburger patties are done cooking, you will want to use oven gloves to take the tray out of the oven. The best way to do this is by using the oven mitts to hold onto the handles on both sides of the tray and then lifting it out.
Once the tray is out of the oven, be sure to let the hamburger patties rest for a few minutes so that they can cool down a bit before eating. This will help them stay juicy.
As mentioned above, the ideal internal temperature for cooked hamburger patties is at least 160℉.
Storing and reheating baked frozen hamburger patties
How to store them properly
Once your cooked frozen hamburger patties have cooled down, you will want to store them in an airtight container in the fridge. This will help them stay fresh and juicy for up to three days.
It is not recommended to re-freeze cooked hamburger patties, as they will not cook evenly and may become dry or tough.
How to reheat hamburger patties properly
There are two main ways to reheat hamburger patties: in the oven or in the microwave.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and let them heat up for a few minutes, or you can save yourself some time by warming in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
How to thaw frozen hamburger patties
If you are not comfortable cooking frozen hamburger patties we’ve included this section that shows you how to thaw frozen hamburger patties.
The best way to thaw frozen hamburger patties is by refrigerating them for five hours per pound.
To save time, Place the frozen meat in an airtight plastic bag and hold it under running cold water until it is thawed out.
In conclusion, cooking frozen hamburger patties in the oven is a fairly simple process that can be accomplished with just a few easy steps.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your patties cook evenly and turn out tasting great every time! Whether you’re cooking for yourself or for a crowd, these tips will come in handy. So what are you waiting for? Get baking!