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How to separate frozen burgers

Updated on September 9, 2009

Avoid burger related injuries and dismemberment!

Who doesn't enjoy a cheap frozen burger from time to time? I always feel better with a block of frozen burgers in my freezer, ready at a moment's notice to satisfy a craving for greasy perfection. But how to get them separated without firing up a jack hammer or risk losing a finger? I have the solution!

Together forever?

Here they are. But before you can fry, grill, broil, Foreman, or poach any of these babies, you have to get them apart. A google of "separating frozen burgers" presents us with hundreds of stories about trips to the emergency room while trying to get these apart with a sharp knife. Thawing them under running water or in the microwave subjects the burgers you're not interested in to repeated trauma. So how do you do it?

The technique

Lay your stack of burgers on its side on a cutting surface. Then grab your chefs knife and place the sharp edge between an end-burger and a #2 from the end burger:

Note: I am separating my burgers in the middle because this is the only decent photo I have
Note: I am separating my burgers in the middle because this is the only decent photo I have

Voila

keeping your fingers and small pets well out of the way, TAP the back of the chefs knife with the handle of a butter knife or something similar. The chefs knife will safely work it's way between the burgers, separating them!
keeping your fingers and small pets well out of the way, TAP the back of the chefs knife with the handle of a butter knife or something similar. The chefs knife will safely work it's way between the burgers, separating them!

I hope this is useful for you! Now it's time for my burger.

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      JR 

      3 years ago

      Thanks man! Usually I eat hamburgers, wanted to try Turkey Burgers, so grabbed a box, they didn't have the paper between the patties, googled tried a few things, would work....they kept falling apart cause turkey is so much softer than hamburger. Your trick worked though! Again, thanks!

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      Ted 

      4 years ago

      Great advice but I've found it works even better with a heavier, sturdier object to do the tapping, kitchen implement or otherwise.

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      Mark Hollingsworth 

      5 years ago

      I was really surprised at how easy this made it. I was wrestling to do it with a screwdriver and had almost given up.

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      Ruudboy 

      6 years ago

      Damn you really are a life saver it worked on my first attempt and now I'm cooking burgers for fun!

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      Julie 

      7 years ago

      Awesome! Thanks for the tip, best in a long time!

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      Kait 

      7 years ago

      thanks so much!! you saved me while cooking dinner

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      niknakpattywacker 

      7 years ago

      www.pattywacker.ca

      never injure yourself again

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      Ellen Barry 

      8 years ago

      I tried this and it worked. And, it was easy!!

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      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Hey...that's how I separated Willie and Francine in the freezer...cool! :)

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