How to Reheat a Burger [6 Easy Ways]

How do you reheat a burger patty while still keeping it juicy and full of flavor? The answer is easier than you might think. From air frying to firing up the grill, here are six quick and easy ways to reheat your burger now.

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Oven

You can heat hamburger patties in numerous ways. However, the one that you choose depends entirely on the result that you are looking for. A cold hamburger is just not an option. 

The oven can reheat most foods and give them a crispy exterior. But if you overheat, there’s a possibility that you may end up with a burnt patty. Knowing the right temperature to use and how to heat it is vital.

The first step to heating it the right way is to remove the ingredients on the burger. Some bits could get soggy, like lettuce. Deconstruct the burger so you can heat the patty on its own. First, make sure that the burger is at room temperature. For this, you will need an oven, a baking tray, and an oven rack.

Preheat the oven to 400˚F, then put the patties on the rack. Place the baking pan underneath the rack to catch any dripping fat or juices from the patty in the tray. It should take about 3 minutes to heat the patty evenly.

Toaster Oven

A toaster oven works in a very similar way to a regular oven. However, it is often favored because it is compact and can fit on a countertop. The other plus is that it burns hot and distributes heat evenly.

The first step will be to preheat the toaster oven between 350˚F and 400˚F. Make sure the patty is all thawed out if it is frozen. It’s best to keep it at room temperature before you warm it up. 

Place the patty directly on the rack, then place a receiving tray underneath. Heat the patty for 3 minutes, then flip it and heat it for another 2 minutes.

Microwave

The microwave is one of the most convenient ways to heat anything, including burgers. It is fast and is easy to use. However, it is not the best option. It would be better to use an oven; a microwave won’t give you the same crispiness. 

Like with the other methods, the first thing you need to do is remove the ingredients. To be effective, you will need to have a paper towel handy. Lay the burger patties flat on a microwave-safe tray. Then heat the patties separately, making sure they do not stack on top of one another. 

Use the reheat setting to heat the patties, then sprinkle around 1 teaspoon of water on them. Then lay the paper towel over the patties. This will help to keep them moist. Reheat for about 2 to 3 minutes. After about 1 minute, check to see whether the patty is as hot as you need it to be, then remove it or carry on heating.

Frying Pan & Stove

You can also heat burger patties on the stove. For this method, you will need to have a cast-iron skillet or nonstick frying pan. It’s best to go with nonstick versions. Then deconstruct the burger and remove the patties. 

Switch the stove on medium-high heat, then place the burger in the pan. Drizzle about 3 tablespoons of water in the pan so that it’s not completely dry. This will also help keep the burger moist. You can add flavoring such as Worcestershire sauce.

Then cover the patty in the pan for about 5 minutes. Check on it after 5 minutes to see if it has reached the right temperature. If it has, remove the patty and place it on a paper towel for about 30 seconds. This will give you enough time to drain any excess juices you don’t want wetting the hamburger bun.

Grill

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The other option you have is to heat the patty on the grill. This is similar to using a conventional oven and a toaster oven. 

First, make sure to preheat the grill. While it gets hot, take the ingredients off the burger. Then place the patties on the edges of the grill. Heat them for a minute, then flip them over to heat the other side.

The amount of time it will take to heat the patties depends on how thick they are. Generally, the thinner patties will heat up faster. Watch over them, so they don’t get burnt.

Air Fryer

A popular option for reheating food is a good air fryer. An air fryer is a great way to reheat your burger patty. 

Preheat the air fryer to about 350˚F to 400°F. Place the burger in the basket, and fry for about 2 to 4 minutes. After this, you can check to see if they have been sufficiently heated.

Make sure the patties are not stacked on top of one another, then remove and serve.


FAQ

Below you can find the most frequently asked questions about reheating burger patties.

What’s the best way to store leftover burgers?

You can keep leftover burger patties for longer if they are correctly stored. To do this, you must put the patties in the refrigerator no later than 2 hours after they are made. This way, they can be kept in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days.

Another option is to store them in the freezer using an airtight container. You don’t want unnecessary moisture getting to the patties. 

No matter where you store them, you will still need to know how to thaw them out and reheat them.

Can you reheat cooked beef burgers?

Yes, you can. You may use any of the methods mentioned above. However, it works better with an oven.

What’s the best way to reheat a burger bun?

You can use an oven to reheat the hamburger buns at 350˚F. To do this, wrap the buns individually in foil. Then put the buns in the oven. The process should take about 5 minutes.