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    Question about pre-making hamburger patties for party

    We are having my DD's graduation party next weekend. I would like to pre-make hamburger patties and freeze them. My question is: should I thaw them out first or can they be cooked directly from the freezer. I'm thinking they'd be better thawed out. Also, does anyone have any experience with pre-made frozen burgers, such as those from Costco, or Bubba Burgers? My DH suggested using these ( ), but I'm wary without a review from someone who's used them. I know I've had them before at other parties and haven't particularly liked them, but I don't know what brand they were. Thanks for any advice or suggestions!

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    Cook your patties from frozen. Ground beef loses a lot of moisture when thawing out.
    Are you asking about the premade frozen patties or a complete frozen hamburger? We have used Costco's frozen patties before and they are fine. Not as good as homemade but very convenient. You also cook those from frozen. I haven't tried any frozen hamburgers before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammster View Post
    Cook your patties from frozen. Ground beef loses a lot of moisture when thawing out.
    Are you asking about the premade frozen patties or a complete frozen hamburger? We have used Costco's frozen patties before and they are fine. Not as good as homemade but very convenient. You also cook those from frozen. I haven't tried any frozen hamburgers before.
    Hammster, will this work if you've made thick burgers? I know the Boca veggie burgers are cooked from frozen, and presumably commercially prepared frozen patties are pretty thin--wouldn't you have to thaw what was intended to be a thick, juicy burger? Also, have you ever grilled the burgers & then frozen them, & gently reheated w/a little moisture & finished heating on the grill? At least that way, you'd know the center was done b4 the edges got overdone, which is what I'd be afraid of with a thick, frozen, nondefrosted burger. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by testkitchen45 View Post
    Hammster, will this work if you've made thick burgers? I know the Boca veggie burgers are cooked from frozen, and presumably commercially prepared frozen patties are pretty thin--wouldn't you have to thaw what was intended to be a thick, juicy burger? Also, have you ever grilled the burgers & then frozen them, & gently reheated w/a little moisture & finished heating on the grill? At least that way, you'd know the center was done b4 the edges got overdone, which is what I'd be afraid of with a thick, frozen, nondefrosted burger. Thanks!
    I guess she didn't indicate in the OP that they are thick patties so I went with thin. The thicker ones can still be done from frozen but would have to be done at a lower heat for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammster View Post
    The thicker ones can still be done from frozen but would have to be done at a lower heat for sure.
    I agree and if you thaw they'll more than likely fall apart. Put on a hot grill to start and sear both sides then move to a cooler spot and cook to 160.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammster View Post
    Cook your patties from frozen. Ground beef loses a lot of moisture when thawing out.
    Are you asking about the premade frozen patties or a complete frozen hamburger? We have used Costco's frozen patties before and they are fine. Not as good as homemade but very convenient. You also cook those from frozen. I haven't tried any frozen hamburgers before.
    I'm talking about pre-made frozen patties (not a whole hamburger with bun). They sell these at Costco, Sam's, grocery store, etc. Are they decent? Any particular brands anyone can recommend? Also, sounds like if I do decide to make my own patties, I should cook them from frozen. I guess I could make the patties the night before and just refrigerate. The graduation is at 10AM and the party is at 2:00 and I won't really have time to be making patties that day. That might be the best option unless I get good recommendations on store bought pre-made frozen patties. Wonder if Trader Joe's has these.

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    We've used the frozen sirloin burgers from Sam's and they are good. I was thinking you were making your own patties and freezing them, sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneezles View Post
    We've used the frozen sirloin burgers from Sam's and they are good. I was thinking you were making your own patties and freezing them, sorry.
    I think she is talking about doing one or the other, sneezles. She wants to pre-make her own unless we come up with a store bought one that's any good. The sirloin patties are pretty good. I don't recall what brands I've bought of the frozen sirloin patties, but they are better than just the frozen regular patties.

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    We've used the Costco ones for parties with good results. I do slightly thaw before cooking.

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    We always get Bubba Burgers - they tend to have quite a bit of flavor versus other brands we've tried (for large parties).

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