Can You Microwave Burgers?

Q: The question asked here is ‘Can I Microwave Burgers?’ and the answer is ‘Yes, you can!’ It is a fast process and there is a minimum mess created along the way.

How Can I Microwave Burgers?

First of all, you will need some minced beef mixed with some seasoned salt. Then you should form doughnut-like shapes with a hole in the middle. Each patty should be about 4,5 inches in diameter.

You will need a microwave-safe dish for cooking. Place your burgers on the plate and cover them with a piece of wax paper. Place the plate in the microwave.

If you have only 1 burger, then the cooking process should last for about 40 seconds, or 60 seconds if there are two of them, at the high temperature. After this time, you should open the microwave, take the plate out, and flip the burgers.

Then cook them for 30 seconds more, if there are two burgers, or 15 seconds more if there is only one, at the high temperature.

Can I Microwave Frozen Burgers?

Of course you can! For this process, you will need the following:

  • Frozen burgers (one or more)
  • Microwave-safe plate (the plate should be deep enough to prevent juices to leak from the burgers into the microwave)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Food thermometer
  • Toothpicks

You have to bear in mind the fact that cooked frozen burgers won’t taste the same as the microwaved fresh burgers, so if you can, you should make new burgers and then microwave them fresh for a better taste.

On the other hand, nothing can be compared to the grilled burgers but if you have only burgers and a microwave, then you should use your microwave for their fast cooking rather than waiting for an occasion when you can grill them.

You should take a microwave-safe plate and place your frozen burgers on the plate. Add the spices and herbs you like. Take some toothpicks – 1 or 2 toothpicks per a burger – and place them on the burgers.

The purpose of these toothpicks is to hold the plastic wrap which will be covering the burgers.

The plastic wrap will let the steam circulate around the burgers and thus improve the cooking process and enable the heat to reach all the parts of the burgers evenly.

The cooking process should last for about 6-7 minutes on medium-high or high temperature – this will depend on the wattage and the size of your microwave.

After 6 minutes, you should open your microwave and flip the burgers. Continue cooking for 1 minute more. Then again open the microwave to check the temperature of the burgers.

If the temperature is even in all the parts of the burgers and if it is 70 degrees Celsius or higher, then your meal is ready.

If the temperature of the burgers is lower than 70 degrees Celsius, you should microwave them for 1 more minute. Also, if the temperature is not even in all the parts of the burgers, then you should make a hole in the center of the burgers to let the heat enter there.

For better results, this hole should be made in the burgers while they are raw, but obviously with frozen burgers that isn’t possible.

Sometimes, burgers can be evenly cooked even without making these holes, but this depends on your cooking techniques as well as the cooking temperature.

What Are The Best Spices for Burgers?

Burger spices or so-called burger seasoning which is said to be the best has the following:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper


Take a bowl and mix all the dry ingredients. Add 1 tbsp of this mix per one pound of meat. Additionally, you can add any sauce you like, but the amount of sauce should be the same as the amount of the seasoning, that is 1 tbsp per one pound of meat.

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