Save Time and Money: Make Your Own Preformed Frozen Burger Patties

I love convenience but I do not like to pay for it. Last summer we had the chance to buy pre-formed burger patties for cheap and I got used to them. It was great to just take them out of the freezer and put them in the grill for a quick dinner of burgers at home. So this year I decided to make them myself.

This is my trial: I bought 6lbs or burger meat and used this KitchenArt 18000 Adjust-A-Burger Press to make the burger patties.

IMG 0834 300x225 Save Time and Money: Make Your Own Preformed Frozen Burger PattiesI put the patties on parchment paper lined cookie sheets and put them in the freezer to flash freeze.

IMG 0838 300x225 Save Time and Money: Make Your Own Preformed Frozen Burger PattiesOnce they were frozen I vacuum sealed them using my trusty Foodsaver.  I frozen them in sets of 4  and also sets of two, just because sometimes we only need two.  Other times we need four and other times we need six.  So this gives us flexibility.

IMG 0840 300x225 Save Time and Money: Make Your Own Preformed Frozen Burger PattiesAs you can see, not really rocket science.  But with a little bit of time invested doing this one Saturday afternoon, I can have the convenience of just pulling burgers from the freezer and throwing them on the grill for a quick meal solution.  I also bought froze some marinated chicken breasts.  Just bought the chicken breasts (manager’s special sale, woot!) and put them in a freezer ziploc bag and pour over them some cheap wishbone Italian and Raspberry Vinaigrette dressings I picked up cheap months ago.  I froze them flat because it makes them easier to defrost.  We usually start grilling the burgers frozen but not the chicken breasts.

That’s my time saving experiment of the week!  What time saving ideas have hit YOU recently?


  1. Jen says:

    I sometimes see those old Tupperware burger presses at Goodwill and other thrift stores for super cheap!

  2. Kim says:

    I have a food saver, too. I was wondering where is the best place to buy the rolls of the bag making stuff.

  3. jen says:

    Do you freeze the chicken breast in the marinade or marinade first,then freeze?

    • Mercedes says:

      Jen, I froze the chicken breast in the marinade. I did not let them marinade best. Although you could do that too to make sure the flavor seeps in. but still freeze in the marinade.


  4. Kara says:

    Do you do anything “extra” to your meat before making the burgers? I’ve tried freezing burgers (vs making burgers from fresh meat) and no one was thrilled with the burgers that I had first frozen. Just curious. I loved the money saving aspect and, of course, the quick/easy dinner but if no one is thrilled with them, there is no point.

    • Mercedes says:

      I did not do anything to them. But I am sure you could add seasonings you like to the mix. Serving them with melted cheese or any other yummy topping would help too. Honestly, we can’t tell much difference in the flavor.
      what do you usually add to the burgers?


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