Question about freezing hamburger patties

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I made hamburgers several weeks ago and froze a few, put them in between wax paper in a container and covered it with aluminum foil. I didn't put them in a ziplock bag. Will they still be good after defrosting?
I think the aluminum foil will provide enough protection. Maybe take one, cook it over low heat and taste it. I think hamburger meat is fairly safe - people even used to eat it raw as "steak tartare." I'm not sure they do that anymore, I haven't heard about it recently, but I know that it is safer than chicken or fish.

If you have the time, you could also defrost one overnight in the fridge, and smell it before you cook it - that should help you decide.

I think your idea of wax paper and then in foil is a good idea - I'm going to do that in future.

ETA: Did you wrap each individually in wax paper and foil? If not, I'm not sure it's safe. I re-read your post and it seems that you wrapped each in wax paper and then covered it in foil so I'm not at all sure that the meat is OK. I hope others chime in - sorry if I misled you.
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Last edited by curlypearl; 06-23-2015 at 08:34 PM.
No, not individually, just a layer of paper between the patties and then covered the whole thing in foil.
Well, I hope other people will chime in, but frankly, I wouldn't eat them. I'm sorry, I know how we don't want to waste food!

I wrap each individually in foil and put them in a ziplock. I'm pretty casual about it - just slap them onto the foil and fold any old way. I don't use special freezer ziplocks but they stay just fine.

I plan to use your method of wax paper (inside of foil) from now on, because the only problem with my current method is that the foil tends to stick to the patties and it's hard to peel off. The wax paper will eliminate that issue.
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I can't see why they wouldn't be okay to eat!
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Curlypearl, why don't you think they would he safe?

Take with a grain of salt as a vegetarian, but other then maybe a little freezer burn (which shouldn't be an issue because they haven't been there long and you're cooking then) I think they would be fine.
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I don't see why not. They should be fine. There may be some frost on them, but that's the only thing I could think of
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BottBrit, CC and Scrills, I'm sure you are right. Food/cooking etc., isn't my strong suit at all.


I thought Josephine might get freezer burn on the patties and I thought freezer burn was something that wasn't good - but exactly what was bad about it I didn't know.


I'm glad I was mistaken! Sorry Jo - next time I'll stick to advice on something I know more about.


Enjoy your burgers!
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I don't see why not. They should be fine. There may be some frost on them, but that's the only thing I could think of
Originally Posted by scrills
Yea, i'm wondering if the frost would ruin the taste? I don't they are unsafe to eat, just wondering if they'd taste crappy.
My nose is sensitive, so I know I'd pick up the gross freezer taste, so I personally wouldn't eat them. But I would sure taste them and find out! They would be ok to eat otherwise, if you aren't sensitive to freezer/refrigerator tastes.
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If you grill them I'm sure that will cover any freezer taste, LOL
I don't see why not. They should be fine. There may be some frost on them, but that's the only thing I could think of
Originally Posted by scrills
Yea, i'm wondering if the frost would ruin the taste? I don't they are unsafe to eat, just wondering if they'd taste crappy.
Originally Posted by Josephine
They're already cooked, right?

It would depend on how much mayo and cheese other condiments, etc., you slather on them. Dressed correctly, you could prbly eat a slice of cardboard and not notice.

If you're eating it naked, yeah, the taste might be a lil off. But that also may depend on how you prepared the burger when you first cooked it.

Don't leave it in the freezer for more than 3 months, tho.
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I don't see why not. They should be fine. There may be some frost on them, but that's the only thing I could think of
Originally Posted by scrills
Yea, i'm wondering if the frost would ruin the taste? I don't they are unsafe to eat, just wondering if they'd taste crappy.
Originally Posted by Josephine
They're already cooked, right?

It would depend on how much mayo and cheese other condiments, etc., you slather on them. Dressed correctly, you could prbly eat a slice of cardboard and not notice.

If you're eating it naked, yeah, the taste might be a lil off. But that also may depend on how you prepared the burger when you first cooked it.

Don't leave it in the freezer for more than 3 months, tho.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000

No, not cooked/grilled yet. it's been maybe a little over a month, 2 at most.

Yea, i'm wondering if the frost would ruin the taste? I don't they are unsafe to eat, just wondering if they'd taste crappy.
Originally Posted by Josephine
They're already cooked, right?

It would depend on how much mayo and cheese other condiments, etc., you slather on them. Dressed correctly, you could prbly eat a slice of cardboard and not notice.

If you're eating it naked, yeah, the taste might be a lil off. But that also may depend on how you prepared the burger when you first cooked it.

Don't leave it in the freezer for more than 3 months, tho.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000

No, not cooked/grilled yet. it's been maybe a little over a month, 2 at most.
Originally Posted by Josephine
Oh yeah, they should be fine.
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Yeah, they'll be fine! My secret is to cook meat slooooooow! I took out some chicken breasts out of the freezer that needed to be cooked. They had a bit of freezer burn on them. I assessed the situation and it wasn't enough to worry about. So, I cooked them on the stove very slowly. Many folks complain about chicken breasts being dry. Mine are never dry! The key is to go slow! They came out perfect! Even if you have a recipe that says to cut up the chicken in diced sections, I like to cook the whole breast. I think it cooks up and comes out much, much better! Best of luck!
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Thanks..they were really good the first time around(they were fresh) and I had a few left over. I'll let you know how they turn out Monday - grilling them Sunday. They are extra food, not the main so if they are bad it's fine. My main stuff is jerk chicken leg quarters and we're having beef ribs.
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Definitely fine. When I freeze mine, I form the patties and put them directly onto a metal cookie sheet. Once they're frozen, I put them into a freezer bag. That's how they don't stick together. I also do meatballs, nuggets, burritos, and frozen fruit that way.
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How'd it go?
Jerk chicken?!
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Okay so the burgers had too much freezer burn, i thawed them out but left them out overnight and they smelled bad so they got trashed.

Jerk chicken - used too much of the jerk sauce (and it was very hot) so the flavor was a bit too much and I prefer the meat to be cooked a bit more than what i had (almost 45 minutes but I dont think the temp stayed too high). Need to practice some more.

Beef is just so much easier!

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