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Old 02-14-2008, 02:46 PM   #1
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Freezing Turkey Burgers - Raw or Cooked?

I found this recipe for Asian Turkey Burgers, but it makes 6 burgers, so I want to freeze half for another meal. My question is: should I freeze them before or after they are cooked? I am using fresh ground turkey, not previously frozen. If you want to see the recipe, here it is: Recipe

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Old 02-14-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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Miss Jan.....IMO I would freeze them prior to cooking (raw). Form your patties and freeze on a plate over night so they will freeze seperately....bag them the next morning.
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:07 PM   #3
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i would freeze them raw as well.
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:53 PM   #4
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Ok, thanks guys!
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If you grill them, which is the only way we cook them, and we only cook Turkey burgers at our house, I would cook them first and then freeze them, IMHO.

We've been doing this for many years now. This also facilitates leftovers - a quick lunch or dinner by microwaving or other reheating method.
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:29 PM   #6
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I agree with the "freeze raw" folks, although you can freeze leftover cooked ones as well. Have been making chicken & turkey burgers for well over 20 years now, & frequently make more than I plan to cook at one time. I usually wrap them snugly individually in plastic wrap, & then put them in a freezer bag with the date marked on it. Do the same for cooked ones.

If given a choice, I much prefer frozen thawed raw burgers than frozen thawed cooked ones. The frozen thawed cooked ones do seem to lose enough moisture to make them a bit on the dry side after reheating.
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Thaw before cooking so they don't dry out as much.
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:25 PM   #8
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Thanks for much for all the great suggestions. I just wanted to let you know that the recipe turned out great and I will definitely be making them again! I did decide to freeze the extra raw burgers. I took Uncle Bob's advice about freezing them first on a plate, then bagging. However, next time I will remember to put some wax paper under them first so they don't stick to the plate!!!
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