Are you looking for the best frozen hamburger patties currently available? The good news is: we spent the weekend reviewing 16 different premade burger brands. After some serious eating, a shortlist was created of the top eight options. We then reached out to our food-obsessed network on Facebook for their favorites as well as “soaking in” some of the online chatter to bring you the best.

Best Frozen Burgers [2019]

#1 Best Overall Frozen Burger Patties: Ball Park Beef Patty at Amazon.
“100% beef meat with a flame grilled flavor”.

#2 The Runner Up: Glenmark Angus 1/3 LB. Burger at Amazon
“Quality 1/3 pound Angus beef patties”.

#3 Best frozen vegan burger: Carla Lee’s Nut Burgers – at Amazon
“The tastiest burger patty without any meat”.

Best frozen hamburger patties

Our criteria for testing the patties

Taste and texture

We placed the most weight on this factor. There seems little point in having a delicious looking patty that is nutritious if it tastes awful. Good flavor is paramount.

A rustic patty with chunks of distinguishable meat was our preference rather than finely ground ingredients that may, or may not, have been meat.

Type of meat used

The wellbeing of a cow during its life plays an important role in the quality of the meat. A stressed cow provides lesser quality meat. So look for brands that organically raise their cattle and allow them to roam free. Also look for hormone-free beef that’s GMO free.

Appearance

We eat with our eyes so that patty needs to look amazing: a decent size, juicy, and a color and texture that actually looks like quality meat.

Price

Price should always be a consideration; no-one likes being ripped off.

Nutrition

If nutrition is a big factor in your buying decision then making your own may be a better option. Frozen meat patties tend to contain plenty of extra sodium as well as “extra ingredients” you wouldn’t find in the homemade version. However, you’ll be pleased to know the brands on this page scored a lot higher on this attribute than many other products we looked at.

5 benefits of buying frozen burger patties

Food safety

Nasty bacteria, like E. Coli, thrive in fresh meat that is out of the fridge. Although there are precautions the home chef can take to reduce getting sick, frozen food is safer. Transferring food from the freezer directly to the grill is a very safe way to cook.

Convenience

Cooking with ready-made burgers is as easy as opening a box. No mess, no hassle, less washing up. If you’re the food provider in a hectic household, you’ll appreciate this time saving.

Flexibility

If your household is prone to “extras” showing up for dinner, it’s handy to have a box of patties ready to go for these types of emergency.

Less food waste

Food waste is a big problem on this planet and even the smallest reductions can help. When you make your own batch of fresh patties it’s hard to get the quantity spot on. Using frozen hamburger patties is an exact science; simply count, cook and serve.

Great taste

Getting the seasoning right for a novice home cook can be a challenge. Choosing the frozen version means all you need to focus on is getting the right combination of fillings.

The best frozen hamburger patties

Let’s take a look at our favorite products in a little more details, including the pros and cons of each.

1. Ball Park Patties – Best Overall

Ball Park Beef Patties are made from 100% premium beef and taste juicy and full of flavor. Each bag contains 6 patties that have been pre-cooked using a flame grill method. This seals in the barbeque flavor for maximum taste. It also means if you’re in a huge hurry, it’s possible to microwave them and have amazing smoky tasting meat in minutes. You also don’t have to worry about raw meat on the inside, being a pre-cooked meat.

The Ball Park patty is gluten free as well as being free from by-products, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. What it does contain is protein, with an impressive 19g per serve.

Pros

  • Lovely, flame grilled taste
  • Pre-cooked for convenience
  • 100% beef patties
  • An excellent microwave burger

Cons

  • Contains corn syrup

2. Glenmark Angus 1/3 LB. Burger – Runner Up

Glenmark Angus 1/3 LB. Burger provide six juicy, fresh tasting 1/3 pound patties. Made from 100% USDA approved Angus beef, this product offers exceptional value for money. There are no unwanted fillers in this product – just quality beef.

Thanks to flash-freeze technology the flavors are locked in during processing. It’s like eating the fresh version, only there’s a lot less work involved in this option.

Glenmark don’t just focus on producing delicious food. They also have policies in place that minimize waste reduction as well as conserving energy. We thought this was a bonus.

Pros

  • Excellent taste and a good size
  • Great value for money
  • USDA approved 100% Angus beef
  • Filler free
  • An environmentally focused company

Cons

  • They’re big, so not ideal for kids that aren’t big eaters. (Note: the sizing is also a pro)

3. Carla Lee Nut Burgers – Best frozen vegan burger

With veganism trending upwards we thought it was important to include a vegan patty that could hold its own against the others. The Carla Lee’s Nut Burgers original patty offered a surprisingly tasty option for those on a meat free diet. In fact, even those who love meat protein may find these quite acceptable for the occasional meat-free Monday session.

A box of these burgers provides four 3.5oz (99g) patties made from an innovative combination of organic brown rice, carrot juice, sunflower seeds and cashews, along with some additional seasoning. This burger offers 9g of protein which, while less than others on this list, is still not too shabby if you’re looking to up your protein intake.

Eating one of these patties on their own may not be to everyone’s taste. But combine it with a toasted bun, and a collection of fresh seasonal vegetables and you’ve got yourself a very healthy, delicious dinner.

Pros

  • Organic ingredients
  • Ideal option for those on a vegan or gluten free diet
  • Free from fillers, MSG, preservatives

Cons

  • The flavor won’t suit everyone’s palate

4. Old Fashioned Omaha Steak Burgers

Old-fashioned Omaha Steaks come as a box of 12 individually wrapped 4oz beef steaks. They’re made from high quality 21 day aged beef with an impressive 19g of protein per serving.

Omaha steaks are an affordable option that perform well on taste but don’t include the unwanted fillers or preservatives. They’re also ground twice during processing to enhance the flavor.

Pros

  • Thick, quarter pound patties
  • Individually vacuum sealed
  • Ground twice for added flavor
  • Preservative free

Cons

  • Sourcing of beef is not as transparent as other brands

How to make the perfect burger

Once you’ve chosen the perfect patty and cooked it, you’ll need to add the extras. Check out the infographic below which shows how to make an incredible burger. If you prefer to make your own burger patty too, check out this burger recipe.

Making the perfect burger
How to make a delicious burger with frozen patties.

FAQs

Can I grill frozen burgers?

Frozen burgers can be grilled, baked or microwaved directly from the packet without defrosting. Because the internal meat is frozen, it is important to check that the patties have been cooked right through before serving.

Is it OK to eat pink hamburger meat?

Eating beef patties with a pink inside is considered safe, so long as the internal temperature of the meat has reached 160F.

How long is frozen beef good for?

The shelf life of frozen beef patties will vary depending on the ingredients. Refer to the “best by” dates to determine the shelf life of your meat.

How do I keep burgers from shrinking?

The most common reason that burgers shrink is cooking at a temperature that’s too high for the meat. To reduce shrinkage, cook the burgers at a lower temperature for longer. Choosing a patty with a meat to fat ratio of 80/20 will provide a good tradeoff between taste and shrinkage reduction.

Final Words

Sometimes writing for a food website can be tough, but not always. Take this article for example. We decided to research (taste test) the best frozen burgers on the market so that you know what’s good and what’s not. Although there were some unpleasant products, the majority were actually quite enjoyable. We’ve included the best in this review.

Although you’d do well choosing any of these options, at a push I’d recommend Ball Park Beef Patties based on flavor, meat quality and price. For a vegan option try Carla Lee’s Nut Burgers which don’t sound appealing to a meat eater like myself – but were actually very enjoyable.

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