Freezer Cooking: Burger Patties

SAVE TIME.

I loooove spring/summer and warm weather.  It seems as though everything comes alive as people emerge from hibernating in their homes and mingle with neighbors outside.  We’re so lucky to have such good neighbors and be able to spend time outside playing and talking with each other.  Great conversation and friendly neighbors aren’t the only reasons I love spring/summer though…warm weather means grilling season!  Grilling season means burgers at least once a week for my fam.

I get made fun of all the time by close friends and family because I order a burger everywhere I go pretty much.  If you want to impress me, a fancy shmancy restaurant is not going to get you anywhere because me and fru-fru delicacies just don’t get along.  I would much rather have a juicy bacon cheeseburger topped with crunchy onion straws and crisp lettuce…now that’s what I call a delicacy!

So, since our go-to meal is burgers this time of year, I try to save time by buying several pounds of meat at one time, making them into patties, and then freezing them so when it comes dinnertime all I have to do is grab them out of the freezer and throw them onto the hot grill.  This allows me more time to create a side dish or it can make for a really easy supper if we decide just to have chips or frozen fries with our burgers.

Yes, I know you can buy pre-made frozen patties but there’s just something about those patties that doesn’t sit right with me.  I don’t know if it’s because they’re packed so tightly that the poor meat can’t breathe or the fact they’re perfect circles.  I do know one thing for sure, making your own patties is way better than the pre-made frozen patties.

Supplies:
  • wax paper
  • tin foil
  • freezer bags
  • ground meat
Game Plan:

1.  Season meat to your liking.

2.  Make burgers into patties.

3.  Spread out a pretty long piece of wax paper or saran wrap and place two patties at one end of the wrapping.  Fold the wrapping over the patties and place two more patties on top of the other two patties with the wax paper between the two layers.  Repeat this process until your stack of burgers reaches 4 or 5 patties high.  Once you’ve gotten this high, start the process again with a new piece of wax paper and new pile.

This is because you want to make sure your burgers can fit into a large freezer bag.

how to freeze hamburgers

Use saran wrap or wax paper between all the patties

4. After your stack is complete and wax paper is separating all the burgers from each other, wrap the entire bunch with tin foil and seal them up.

how to make hamburgers for the freezer

how to make and freezer hamburger patties

Wrap burgers in a layer of tin foil

5.  Stick the burgers in a freezer bag and label the bag with what type of seasoning you used so you’ll know when you go to grill what burgers you have.

how to make hamburger patties for freezing

Place burgers in a freezer bag for a third layer of protection

6.  There’s no need to thaw the burgers for grilling, but you may need to use a knife to help you pull the patties apart.

We find it works to shove a knife between two patties and then twist to pop them loose from each other.

Check back tomorrow for a bangin’ burger recipe that’s super simple!

What are your favorite foods to grill?

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