There’s no denying the convenience of frozen patties for grilling hamburgers, but they’re often made of sub-par meat or have questionable additives. Solve the problem by using home-ground beef or ground beef from a butcher or a store you trust and make your OWN frozen patties for grilling hamburgers! Bonus: You can take advantage of meat sales to save money!
I love the convenience of frozen patties for grilling hamburgers. I seldom like the texture or flavour, though, of commercially purchased patties… they’re all a little like old boot if we’re being honest. Part of the issue at hand is user error: we don’t always finesse frozen patties for grilling the way we do handmade ones. The bigger parts of the problem, however, are the quality of the beef used in the ones that are sitting in your grocer’s freezer and the way the beef is handled that goes INTO the patties.
It’s the meatball phenomenon. It’s hard to love taking the time to hand form a bajillion meatballs, but the ones made by hand are always superior in texture to the little floor hockey pucks sold in the freezer section. It’s the light touch that makes a difference. That’s why I often make a double or triple batch of meatballs to freezer for later meals.
This same logic applies to making your own frozen patties for grilling hamburgers. Are you prepping burgers to grill? It’s not much extra effort to make a double batch of patties and freeze half for a fast meal further on down the road. Simple, right?
Aaaaaaaand, AND, and… You can take advantage of sales on ground beef or primal cuts of beef (i.e. a nice big chuck roast) and stockpile some frozen patties for grilling hamburgers later saving yourself money on down the road! Save money and eat better in the process? Who doesn’t want that?