I want to make a large batch of hamburger patties from frozen ground beef (thawed properly). My question is, can I partially cook then freeze?

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It would be possible to come up with a protocol to do this safely, however the more time that meat spends in the so-called thermal danger zone the more you need to thoroughly cook it at the end. It's hard to understand what you would be gaining by doing this.

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    I agree, you could do this but it isn't likely to lead to tasty burgers.
    – GdD
    Oct 4, 2019 at 15:31
  • If you had meat with a more well-defined surface such as filet of beef you could argue that partially precooking after properly thawing in a cold environment would kill bacteria on the surface while allowing you to properly cook in a frying pan or oven rather than overcooking an already finished product in a microwave oven. There would stil be a balance between that method and the longer time spent at higher temperature. Jan 31, 2020 at 10:16

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