Here we will give you step-by-step instructions in this recipe on how to cook frozen burgers on a griddle or flat-top grill.
**Disclaimer: I use the term Griddle and Flat Top Grill interchangeably as (to me) they are essentially the same item and to most people, it’s just semantics. Simmer down, kitchen Karens (and Chads).
So, with that said, let’s do this: In the mood for a burger? We are too!! However, as you know, we don’t always have the time (and energy) to thaw meat, gather multiple ingredients, and put together gourmet burgers.
Sometimes you gotta throw on the frozen burgers and satisfy that burger craving!
Why Cook Frozen Burgers On A Flat Top Grill or Griddle?
Easy, the flat top cooking and griddle surface is spread out and large, giving you the ability to be the Griddle King of your next backyard BBQ.
Also, griddles cook evenly and share heat around the cooking surface with other items your cooking.
This allows you to place some bacon, onions, or another item off in the corner to cook alongside your burgers!
Here is what you will need:
-Time: 15 minutes
-Flat Metal Spatula – Plastic spatula’s can (and will) melt on the hot griddle surface. We recommend grabbing a good griddle kit off Amazon, they are inexpensive and work great.
-Griddle Water Bottle (optional) as it helps greatly with the cleanup.
- Frozen Burger Patties (Any Brand and Size)
- Salt / Pepper / Garlic
- Condiments to your liking (Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Pickles, etc)
How To Cook Frozen Burgers On Your Griddle or Flat Top Grill
For this recipe, I like to start the griddle on a low heat setting. I’m not a big fan of tossing the frozen patties on a searing hot surface, that leads to burnt outsides and raw insides.
- Turn the griddle to low heat and add a light layer of cooking oil. We use Avacado Oil but many others will work!
- Place the frozen patties on a low heat griddle surface and allow the frozen patties to thaw.
- Once the frozen patties are on the griddle, sprinkle on your favorite seasoning, I prefer Smoke Salt, Pepper, and Garlic.
- Cover the patties with either your griddle cover or even making a tin foil “dome” over the burger patties. This allows the heat convection to thaw the burger patties the right way.
- Don’t check them every minute! Give them a good 5 minutes and take a peek. If they are thawed (red, blood appearing) you can then turn up the heat to Medium-High.
- After another 3 minutes, flip them over for about another 5 minutes. No need to keep them covered at this point unless you just want to, then go ahead and have at it!
- Optional: Add Cheese for the last few minutes to allow for proper melting action.
- Turn the Heat Off and remove the patties using the spatula.
Now the fun part! Gather around your sweet, sweet accomplishment, and build your MEGA Burger the way you like it. I prefer to double up the patties and palace a slice of cheese in between and on top.
Add my favorite BBQ sauce, some mayo, and some jalapenos and you’ve got a western boss burger! Once done, be sure to Clean Your Griddle the right way with this helpful guide, or maybe start planning your next meal with some Griddle Pancakes in our recipe!
Griddle Accessories You WILL ACTUALLY NEED
If you’re new to griddling altogether, I recommend checking out these accessories as they will save you some headaches and some greasy laundry. This is another big one. While your griddle does come ready to use….it’s missing some really BASIC items you will need.
- Griddle Spade and Spatula: These are the backbone of griddle chefs all over the world. Due to the flat-top design of a griddle, you will need to have metal surfaced griddle spatulas and spades. Something simple like this works great, see it here on Amazon.
- Griddle Hood: This is a bit of a bigger deal than many think initially. A quality griddle hood will help you cook better by controlling heat and creating a “oven” as well as protecting your griddle cover from coming in contact with your griddle surface that can either be dirty or really hot. Something like this works great, see it here on Amazon.
- Griddle Cover: I didn’t think I needed one either. But, I found out very soon how great of a job they did from preventing unnecessary wear and tear from the weather when being stored in my back yard. Its a small investment that pays back big time. Something like this works great here on Amazon.
- Infrared Temperature Gun: See Step 4 above, these are really crucial to fully understand what your griddle can do and what areas are putting out the heat you need, and what areas can be used to just keep the food warm while working on others. This is a great option that won’t t hurt your wallet, check it on Amazon.
- Grease Tins: These are dirt cheap and save you an unnecessary headache when cleaning up. Simply drop them into the grease trap and toss them when you’re done! Check these here on Amazon.
- Griddle Bottles: Another must-have, you really only need two. One for water, and one for your chosen cooking oil. If you are not sure what I mean, check out our Guide to Griddle Bottles here. These on Amazon work great and are cheap, check them out here.
- Griddle King Apron: I know what your thinking “I’m not wearing an apron” and yeah, I get it. But all that changed when I got a griddle and realized how much grease is popping off the griddle surface and landing on my clothes. A simple apron solves that and my signature “Griddle King” or “Griddle Queen” apron is a cheap easy fix for you, grab it here on Etsy.
- 1lb To 5lb or 20lb Propane Adapter: Like mentioned above, just swapping out your tiny 1lb propane bottle will save the world and your trips to find a camping propane bottle every hour. Grab one here on Amazon.
There you have it! You have some excellent griddle burgers in this easy recipe. Sure, you can add or remove what you like to better serve you, what matters is that you get outside and start griddling!
Griddle King, out.