If you love burgers as much as I do, you’re probably wondering, “how to cook frozen burgers on a Pit Boss pellet grill?” While I personally prefer cooking burgers with fresh patties hamburgers, I have cooked my fair share of frozen patties such as Beyond Burgers, Mount Pleasant Grass-Fed burgers, Bubba Burgers and etc. Let me show you how I did it!
Grilling Frozen Burgers On A Pit Boss Pellet Grill
Choose the type of frozen patties to grill, preheat the grill to the about 325°F – 350°F, take out the number of burgers to grill, put them on the grill frozen, leave them on the grill until you see the juices, flip once, season, and let them continue grilling until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F.
If you have a bunch of guests coming over, then head on over to Costco and pick up some frozen patties to grill. It not only makes it easier on you, but you can store the left overs in the freezer for your next grilling experience.
At least that’s what I do whenever I have a large party to cook for. It’s much easier than preparing burgers with fresh ingredients.
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Just know that it’s going to take twice as long to cook than fresh ingredients. So, let’s get started on how to cook a frozen burger on your Pit Boss.
Choose Your Frozen Patties
Before starting the Pit Boss pellet grill, the first step is to decide what type of patties you want to prepare. Believe it or not, it does make a difference in what type of patties you choose.
Below are some of the best frozen patties that I have personally cooked on my Pit Boss.
Out of all the patties below, I prefer using the BUBBA Angus Beef burger patties whenever I cook frozen burgers.
|Tribali Foods Organic 100% Grass-Fed Beef Patties||Beef||220|
|Trader Joe’s Turkey Burgers||Turkey||180|
|BUBBA Burger USDA Angus Beef||Beef||430|
|Natures Rancher Angus Beef Burgers||Beef||380|
|Applegate The Great Organic Frozen Burger||Beef and Mushroom||140|
|Beyond Burger Plant-Based Patties||Taste Like Beef||260|
Everyone’s taste is different, but I have found that the BUBBA burgers are not only easier to prepare, but they have an amazing flavor when cooked on the pellet grill!
Should I Thaw The Frozen Patties?
No, keep the meat in the freezer until it’s time to cook! When grilling frozen patties, you want to follow the instructions on the box.
If you thaw the frozen patties, the patty will become mushy and you won’t be able to get a good sear. Plus, it won’t cook evenly, since the middle of the patty is still frozen.
How to Grill Frozen Burgers on Pit Boss Pellet Grill
Now that you know about some of the most popular frozen patties, as well as which one I recommend, let’s get started. Here’s my tips on cooking frozen patties.
After preparing my fair share of frozen patties on my Pit Boss, here’s my tips for making the best frozen burgers.
Step 1: Preheat The Grill
If you’re preparing the BUBBA Burgers, preheat the grill to 350°F. The BUBBA burgers package says 325°F, but the only options on the Pit Boss are 300° or 350°.
I choose to go with the 350°F when cooking frozen burgers. When I grill burgers with fresh ingredients, I use a higher temperature. However, with frozen burgers the key is patience and a lower temperature.
Don’t put the patties on the grill until it reaches the set internal temperature.
Step 2: Split Up The Burgers
Break apart the patties and place them on the grill in a single file. If you don’t use the entire package, put the remaining patties in a freezer safe bag until you’re ready to use grill at a later date.
Step 3: Put Them on The Grill
Place the patties directly on the grill. Ensure the flame broiler plate is closed, as you will be cooking with indirect heat. Close the lid and leave them on alone for about 5-20 minutes, until you see the juices popping through.
It’s perfectly fine to season the patties with salt and pepper during this time. I usually season mine after they’ve been on the grill for about 15 minutes or when it’s almost time to flip them.
I know what you’re thinking, the patties already have salt. That’s what I used to think, until I learned that the salt is not only for flavoring the meat, but it adds texture to help give that seasoned crust.
I always use Kosher salt whenever I cook anything on the grill or stovetop.
As mentioned above, you’ll be able to tell when it’s time to flip them because the juices will be visible on the top. Here’s what you’ll see when it’s time to flip them.
Unfortunately, I didn’t create a video when I cooked the frozen patties. However, I plan on doing that in the future and when I do, you’ll be able to find the video on my YouTube channel.
Step 4: Flip Once
Use your long handled spatula to flip the burgers. This is my favorite spatula to use whenever I cook burgers.
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The best part is it works great for fish, burgers, and anything else I cook on the grill.
You only want to flip the burgers once. If you flip them more than once, it will dry the burgers out.
Also, you never want to use the spatula to press down on the meat. This releases the juices and you’ll end up with a dry burger.
Step 5: Use Meat Thermometer
Once you flip the burgers, let them cook for about another 5 minutes, then insert the meat probes to monitor the internal temperature.
It won’t take near as long to cook the burgers the opposite side of the burgers.
Step 6: Put Cheese on Them
You can opt to put the cheese on them before they reach 161°F and they are still on the grill. I always put the cheese on them after I take them in the house during the resting period.
As long as the burgers are still hot, you can put your favorite cheese topping (mine is American cheese) and it will melt the cheese and make it stick.
Step 6: Remove from Grill and Let Them Rest
Use the spatula and remove the patties from the grill and let the burgers rest for about 10 minutes, before putting them on the buns.
The resting period allows the juices to be reabsorbed into the meat, which makes it juicer with every bite. It will also help the fat drain away, instead of soaking into the bun.
To prevent the burgers from getting cold while warming, tent with foil on a rack, so moisture doesn’t collect underneath.
How Long Does It Take to Grill A Frozen Burger?
It will take about 25-30 minutes to cook the frozen patties at 350°F on the Pit Boss. Cook time will vary depending on the weight and size of the beef, and the ambient temperature.
Regardless, you want to ensure the patties are not undercooked, or the patties will be cooked on the outside and raw on the inside. This puts you at risk for food born illnesses.
If they are overcooked, you’ll end up with dry, tough burgers that no one wants to eat.
You should plan for the burgers to take about 45-50 minutes with prepping time.
So be sure you’re using a good meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature. I personally use both the meat probes and a Homemade Black Bean Burgers on the Pit Boss Pellet Grill