4 Juicy Homemade Hamburgers: Kitchen Tip for Making & Freezing

May is National Hamburger month ~ this homemade hamburger patty recipe is the most requested recipe that I have to date. 

This is my trusty Tupperware hamburger press. You can't find them anymore, but Cuisinart makes a nifty one that you can even use to 'stuff' your patty. 

If you don't have one, that's okay. You can use a large canning ring or even a peanut butter jar lid. 

You can make your own press ~

If you have a large 3 1/2" canning lid, line it with plastic wrap.

Put 1/4 pound of your seasoned hamburger on top...

Put another layer of plastic wrap on top of the meat...

and smoosh it with a flat plate.

*tip* handling the raw hamburger too much will make your meat tough.     

Peel off the plastic and you've got a perfect 1/4 pound hamburger patty!

Want to have a bunch of patties on hand for a quick dinner?  Here's how:

Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap...

put hamburger patties on top.

Plastic wrap on top, more hamburger patties and repeat, with plastic wrap between layers.

Cover the last layer of hamburger with a sheet of plastic wrap.  

Freeze for about 2-4 hours. Cut the plastic wrap between the rows of patties.  Don't remove the plastic wrap ~

Stack the hamburgers and put them into a freezer safe plastic bag.

When ready to grill, Peel the plastic wrap off the frozen patty and place directly onto the heated grill.  

Cook for the same amount of time...5-6 minutes per side. I actually prefer cooking a frozen patty on the grill over a fresh one - It holds together much better and doesn't fall apart.


Homemade Hamburger Patties

Juicy Homemade Hamburger Patties

Yield: 4- 6 patties
Author: Frieda Franchina
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time:  25 min
These juicy hamburger patties are full of flavor, all the way through. Make them ahead of time, freezing flat on a baking sheet and store together with plastic wrap or wax paper in between patties for easy removal. Grill directly from frozen.


  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder (or 2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion)
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard of your choice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound of lean ground hamburger


Juicy Homemade Hamburger Patties

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine milk, bread crumbs & beaten egg. Stir in onion, mustard, garlic, salt & pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, put ground hamburger, add egg mixture, being careful not to over mix.
  3. Using a large canning ring or peanut butter lid covered with plastic wrap, press 1/4 pound of meat mixture to form a patty. Repeat with remaining mixture. See Note for freezing.
  4. Grill or broil 3"-4" from flame/heat for 5-6 minutes, turning once. Grill/broil an additional 5-6 minutes or till thermometer inserted in the center reads 160°F. *If you try to turn your patty before 5 minutes, you risk breaking it apart. Turning it once also ensures that it remains juicy. 
Note: Put shaped patties on a plastic wrap lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. Remove frozen patties and put in a freezer safe baggie with wax paper or plastic wrap between patties. You can place frozen patties directly on the grill. Cook until internal temperature reaches 160°F.


  1. Great freezing tips! Sound delicious and our rosette buns are most impressive.

  2. You are such a clever woman, Frieda. I can't find my tupperware hamburger press... it's somewhere. This is a great substitute. I love burgers!

  3. Great tips! Thanks!

  4. I just read the recipe for your hamburgers, and was sad that the hamburger press you recommended is sold out. Thanks for the handy tip!


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