Hamburgers are one of my favorite things to eat. When done right, they are juicy, flavorful, and all around awesome. I love a well-seasoned, perfectly cooked, juicy burger. My favorite burger joint is a place called Clarke’s CharBroiler, which has a ton of choices to make your perfect burger. I don’t go there often because it’s spendy, but it’s delicious. It’s also a fairly quick drive to and from the office.
My recipe for burgers from frozen works pretty well and can be increased, if needed.
I enjoy burgers so much, that I’m pretty sure both kids came out the womb craving ground beef patties. I largely ate burgers, pizza, ice cream, and hot dogs while pregnant. I tried to eat right, but the cravings were real. So I decided to enjoy myself and eat burgers. When else could I eat what I wanted (within reason)? I was totally eating for two. Yes, excuses, I know.
As my kids grew up to be somewhat picky eaters, we could agree that one thing they would probably always enjoy is a burger. But think about the expense of going to the golden arches to get an OK burger. The time, money, and gas it takes to pick up a Happy Meal for the littlest one and a “Quarter Pound” for the big one. Making sure that the burger is plain, which isn’t just without cheese. Not to say that McDonald’s doesn’t have a place in their lives – after all, it’s a thing I do with them when we go to see the doctor – but when I learned how to make an Instant Pot burger from frozen, the game changed dramatically.
First of all, I will mention this. I love my Instant Pot. I will do my best to figure out how to cook everything in it. I know it’s ultimately impossible, but you can’t blame a girl for trying, and I’m sure gonna try. This appliance has changed my cooking life and added confidence in the kitchen, something I never had before.
That being said, I was skeptical about pressure cooked burgers. Why not throw it on the grill or make it on stove? Well, for starters, I don’t mess much with the grill; sometimes I just don’t want to stand there flipping burgers. Secondly, cleaning up the splatter after cooking on the stove is just a pain. I don’t like my stove much because it’s electric and I prefer a gas range. I also don’t like how long it takes to cook frozen burgers on the stove. After all, I don’t have a whole lot of room to work with on the stove, so I inevitably do one burger at a time, which.takes.forever. Not conducive to a quick meal.
Then, I read a post on the Instant Pot Community Facebook page about cooking fresh burgers for 10-15 minutes in the Instant Pot. I was intrigued. So I decided to give it a try with frozen and see what I came up with.
I haven’t had a bad Instant Pot burger yet. My kids devour theirs nearly every time. My husband is a believer and suggests it as a quick meal.
In fact, last night, we were at a loss last night for quick dinner options. We looked at each other after a minute and said “burgers.”
We were eating within 35 minutes.
I think it’s safe to say that this recipe is a keeper. Read on for the recipe and let me know what you think!
- Instant Pot – I used my 6-quart. The size pot depends on how many burgers you want to make.
- Trivet with legs – the one that came with my pot is perfect
- Aluminum foil
- Frozen burger patties – I used 1/4 pound burgers from Costco
- Kosher salt
- Ground black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Or, seasonings of your choice
- Condiments, lettuce, tomato, buns (or lettuce wraps if you’re going no carb)
- 1 cup water for the inner pot
- Tear a piece of aluminum foil just over 12″ long. Place a frozen patty directly in the middle.
- Season liberally and to your heart’s content.
- Wrap each burger by loosely folding the foil over.
- Add one cup of water to the inner lining of the Instant Pot.
- Place trivet inside the pot.
- Stack the foil-wrapped burgers on top of each other in the pot. This allows the burgers to retain as close to a circular shape as possible during the cooking process. *Note that the ones in the middle will be fully cooked, but slightly pink in the middle.
- Lock the lid in place and set the steam release valve to sealing.
- Press the manual/pressure cook/meat button and using the +/- buttons, adjust the time to 18 minutes. (If you stack and don’t want any pink, go with 20 minutes).
- About five minutes before the cooking cycle is over, prepare your toppings and condiments.
- Assemble your burgers.
How do you like your burgers? Let me know what sides you like with your burgers in the comments below!
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Buen provecho! – Sami B.