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8 Tips For Cooking Frozen Costco Burgers on Traegers

Frozen Costco Burgers on Traeger

Frozen burger patties, like the ones sold at Costco, are very convenient. While you will get a shorter cooking time and juicier patties by thawing first, you can easily put frozen burger patties on a Traeger grill. 

Just be sure to set the Traeger to high and preheat thoroughly before placing the beef burger patties. A temperature of 400 to 450-degrees on a Traeger wood pellet grill will cook a thawed patty is roughly 5-minutes per side, whereas it might take a frozen burger patty up to 10 minutes per side. 

Traeger’s Gourmet wood pellets or Signature blend pellets will do a good job grilling just about any type of burger. If you want to bring out the beef flavors or a frozen burger patty, Traeger’s Pecan, Mesquite, or new Bold Blend wood pellets will also work well. 

With frozen beef burger patties, you can keep the seasoning as basic as salt and pepper, as frozen meat won’t really absorb many other seasonings. If you thaw the burger patties, or you are dealing with turkey or vegetarian burgers, you can expand the seasonings with things like cumin, onion powder, seasoned salt, and granulated garlic. 

Should You Cook Frozen Burgers on a Traeger?

You can cook frozen hamburger patties on a Traeger, though they will take longer to cook than fresh beef burger patties. You’ll need to preheat your Traeger grill on high, then the burgers will take roughly 10-minutes per side to cook through to well done.  

Should You Let the Burgers Thaw First?

It always helps to thaw beef hamburger patties before putting them on any grill, especially a Traeger. Not only does this speed up the grilling time, but it also gives you a juicier burger patty, as less moisture is lost during the shorter grilling session. 

What Temperature Do You Cook Frozen Burgers on a Traeger?

All burger patties do best when seared over high heat of 400 to 450-degrees. This translates to the “High” setting on most Traeger wood pellet grills that have analog controls.

How Long Do You Cook Costco Frozen Burgers?

On a Traeger grill set to 400 to 450-degrees frozen burgers will take roughly 7 to 10 minutes per side. If you want to add cheese to the burger, you should place it roughly 3 to 5 minutes after flipping. 

Are There Specific Pellets I Should Be Using?

Traeger’s Gourmet pellets sold at Costco, or their Signature blend will do just fine for grilling beef or vegetarian burger patties. Other great options for grilling beef burger patties include Traeger’s new Bold Blend of wood pellets as well as Mesquite, Pecan, or Brisket blend artisanal pellets. 

For pork burger patties, turkey burgers, and even veggie burgers, you can still use Traeger’s Gourmet or signature pellets. Though Traeger’s Applewood and Cherry will bring out more of the burger’s natural flavors. 

What Seasoning Should Go on the Burgers

For fully frozen burgers season salt, or sea salt with pepper is all that’s needed. The fact that they are frozen prevents other seasonings from permeating into the meat, and even things like onion powder or garlic powder will burn more than flavoring the meat. 

If you thaw the patties, then the meat will be able to absorb the flavor of other seasonings. This opens the door for a lot of flavorful seasoning combinations. 

Garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, and pepper will bring out a lot of the natural beef flavors of a traditional burger patty. They also play well when topped with sauteed onions and cheese. 

Chili powder, sea salt, and onion powder will give burger patties a southwestern flair. You can then top with sliced jalapenos and cheese. 

For turkey burgers or ground pork patties, you might want to try seasoning with cumin, smoked paprika garlic powder, red pepper flakes, or even lemon pepper. 

Veggie burger patties can be seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and even dried herb blends like Italian seasoning. 

Final Thoughts

Costco’s frozen burger patties are convenient and relatively easy to cook on a Traeger grill. If you are starting from frozen, you need to set your grill to its highest setting with a target temperature of 400 to 450-degrees.

Once your Traeger grill is properly preheated, you can grill a frozen burger for 7 to 10 minutes per side to cook it through to well-done. Whereas a thawed patty might only take 5-minutes per side at 400 to 450-degrees.

Traeger’s Gourmet or Signature blend wood pellets are good for grilling just about any kind of burger patty. If you want to bring out the most flavor in a beef burger patty, you might want to try Traeger’s Pecan, Mesquite, or their new artisanal Bold Blend wood pellets.

For other types of burgers, like turkey, pork, or vegetarian patties, you might want to also try applewood or cherry wood pellets. 

Since frozen beef patties don’t absorb a lot of flavors you can stick to a simple seasoning of salt and pepper. However, thawed burger patties can be customized with other seasonings such as cumin, onion powder, seasoned salt, and granulated garlic.