Can You Freeze a Cooked Hamburger?

Yes, you can definitely freeze cooked ground beef or any hamburger with some simple tips and a good quality freezer bag.

What’s more, you can preserve frozen minced meat in the freezer for up to four months! Hot dogs freeze well, too. You can grab your frozen batches, and eat these delicious beef burgers and dogs whenever cravings hit. This not only helps you save money, but all it takes to be refrigerated promptly is a few hours.

These mouth-watering ground beef hamburgers can be served with the toppings of your choice, such as cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, chicken, and pork. Pair them with your sauce of choice, from mustard or mayonnaise to ketchup, relish, and chili.

The best thing is that frozen hamburgers can be defrosted and eaten whenever you want.

How to Freeze Beef Burgers?

You can safely refrigerate or freeze your leftover ground beef burgers, whether you have cooked them in a pan or grilled them. Raw meat is best stored in the freezer. However, you can place it in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days, regardless of the cut.

The following instructions will help you out with properly freezing cooked meat or a beef burger patty.

1. Cool Them

 To freeze hamburgers, it is important to cool them to avoid freezer burn. Once your beef burgers are cooked, leave them at room temperature to cool. This can take 30 minutes to an hour. 

2. Wrap Individually 

If you have two or more hamburger patties, wrap your burgers individually because wrapping them all together will make the mixture stick. This will make it difficult to defrost a couple of the frozen batches.

3. Place in a Ziplock Bag

You can freeze a cooked burger, but it’s not recommended. The texture and taste of the burger will change after being frozen and thawed. If you choose to freeze your cooked hamburger, be sure to wrap it tightly in freezer-safe packaging or protective foil and press to remove as much air as possible. Cooked hamburgers can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.

4. Label Them 

It’s a good idea to label them with the date they were prepared to ensure food safety. While your meats may freeze well, you don’t want to risk eating a poisoned beef burger.

How to Defrost

To defrost the hamburger patties, put them in the refrigerator to thaw for about two hours. Do not put the hamburger on the kitchen counter, as an open area surface will have bacteria that are harmful to your health.

You can also microwave cooked burgers by reheating them for at least two minutes.

How Long Does Cooked Meat Last?

It’s best to eat hamburgers right away after they are cooked. After freezing, they will lose their quirky flavor. However, you can safely refrigerate them for one to two days. In the freezer, they will last for about three to four months.

How to Keep Track of the Expiry Date

Generally, ground beef can last for a few months, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Always look at its color and perform a smell test. If it has expired, it will smell sour and its texture will feel slimy. In this case, avoid tasting it and dispose of it immediately.

Refreezing Ground Beef

You can refreeze your burger patties. However, it isn’t recommended to do this more than once. The patty will lose its full flavor and this will impact texture. Continuous reheating is not a good idea, so if you notice taste or texture changes the second time around, it’s time to throw the food away.

Final Thoughts

Always ensure your meals are safely refrigerated when you decide to freeze burgers to avoid food-borne illness. With this guide, you can enjoy one of the world’s most popular go-to meals to satisfy your hunger pangs!


Hi there! My name is Caroline Stevens, and I am an American mom of three wonderful children. I started this blog to help everyday families be more sustainable and save money by preventing food waste. I currently live in Wisconsin, and enjoy crafting, cooking at home, and traveling. I have a degree in art and previously worked in the restaurant business.