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Hamburger Patties for the BBQ

During the summer I like to have things ready that I can throw onto the BBQ without too much fuss. You can never go wrong with hamburgers. I double the recipe, form patties and stack them with parchment between, which makes it easy to take out take as many as you need.
While the patties are on the BBQ set out the condiments, slice up tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, pickles and buns. Open your family's favorite bag of chips or serve with fresh corn on the cob or watermelon.

Ingredients: (yields 8-10 patties)
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/3 cup grated onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumb
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and using your hands mix together well.
  2. Cut squares of parchment paper.
  3. Form patties by taking an apple sized piece of meat, roll it into a ball and flatten it.
  4. Continue until all the meat is used. You can BBQ now or go to next step.
  5. Place stacks of patties in a zip lock freezer bag, seal and freeze.


  1. My Mom used to freeze pre-made hamburgers all the time, particularly for camping. She had these Tupperware "hamburger squisher" round things that she put them in. The frozen ones always kept their shape better than the fresh ones for some reason & didn't shrink up into little round hunks of meat :p.

  2. Great idea!! Do you thaw them out before BBQing?

    1. Definitely! Food placed on a BBQ should always be room temperature!

  3. Great idea! I'm going to do that this weekend. It will be great to have some ready made burgers whenever I need them!


  4. Can you thaw frozen hamburger - make the patties and then refreeze?

    Thank You

  5. Cheryl...good question. I would not suggest thawing and refreezing meat. I always buy fresh and if I what to make some meals do that and then freeze. Hope that helps you out.

  6. I always pre-make my burgers from fresh ground beef before I host a large group. I keep them handy in the refrigerator, and grill them up as needed. Afterwards I freeze what we didn't cook. I was told to never re-freeze thawed out meat. I also found having burgers available come in handy for the late comers or anyone who gets hungry again later on in the day.

  7. Mennonite Men can cook too :0 love your sight. HJE


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