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How to Reheat Burgers

Discover 3 Ways to Reheat Burgers Successfully

By on July 26, 2022

Whether you’ve prepared them on the BBQ, grill or oven, burgers are a delicious meal option for all the family. And if you have some burgers leftover from the night before, there’s no need to let them go to waste… But, how do you reheat burgers?

To reheat burgers, pop them in the microwave, in the oven, or into a pan on the stovetop. The best way to reheat them is in the oven, as they don’t dry out. And while you can reheat burgers using the grill, it’s best not to as it’s easy to burn them.

How to Reheat Burgers

Just so we’re clear, this article deals with how to reheat beef burgers. While you can reheat the likes of chicken, salmon, and veggie, the method for doing so is slightly different for each type.


The good news is that reheating beef burgers is nice and straightforward, and you have three reheating methods to choose from.

So, without further ado, let’s find out the steps you need to follow to reheat your burgers safely while preserving their tenderness.  

How to Reheat Burgers in the Microwave

Although it doesn’t yield the best-tasting burgers, using the microwave is the easiest and quickest reheating method. Here’s what you need to do:


  1. Prepare Burgers
    Place your plain burgers on a microwave-safe plate. If your burgers are particularly thick, you should reheat them one at a time to ensure they reheat evenly. Once on a plate, cover your burgers with a damp paper towel.
  2. Reheat
    On a medium/low setting, reheat your patties for two minutes. 
  3. Check the Temperature
    After two minutes, remove your burgers from the microwave and check their temperature. Your burgers need to be at least 165F or 75C before serving them safely. If they’re not quite done, return them to the microwave for sixty-second intervals until they’re up to temperature. 
  4. Serve and Enjoy
    Be sure to tuck into your burgers immediately once they’re up to temperature. 

How to Reheat Burgers in the Oven

Our preferred way of reheating burgers is in the oven. This is because they tend to reheat evenly and are less likely to dry out. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Preheat Oven
    Switch on your oven and preheat to 350F or 175C. 
  2. Prepare Burgers
    Place your burgers in an oven-proof dish and line them up side-by-side. Then, cover the dish with some tin foil to keep the moisture in the dish while the burgers are reheating. 
  3. Reheat
    Place the burgers in the centre of the oven and heat for fifteen minutes. 
  4. Check the Temperature
    After fifteen minutes, remove your burgers from the oven and check their temperature. Your burgers need to be at least 165F or 75C before they’re safe to serve. If they’re not quite done, return them to the oven for five minutes or so until they’re up to temperature. 
  5. Serve and enjoy: Place your burgers on freshly baked buns and serve them up! 

How to Reheat Burgers on the Stovetop

Instead of using the grill, you can reheat your burgers on the stovetop. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Heat Pan
    Place a splash of water in a non-stick frying pan and heat the pan over medium heat for around sixty seconds. 
  2. Add Burgers
    Add your burgers to the pan, ensuring they’re not touching one another and are well spaced. 
  3. Reheat
    Heat your burgers for ninety seconds or so on each side. 
  4. Check the Temperature
    After you’ve reheated them evenly on both sides, remove your burgers from the pan and check their temperature. Your burgers need to be at least 165F or 75C before they’re safe to serve. If they’re not quite done, return them to the pan for twenty seconds on either side. 
  5. Serve and Enjoy
    Top your burgers with some grated cheese and salad, and they’re ready to enjoy. 
Can You Reheat Burgers in the Air Fryer?

Yes, burgers can also be reheated in the air fryer. Turn it up to around 190C or 375F and then air fry the patties for around 3 minutes or until piping hot.

How to Reheat Burgers Successfully

As you now know, burgers can be reheated in multiple ways. But there are 3 tips you will want to follow regardless:

  • Always Check the Temperature – When you’re reheating burgers, it’s so important to check that your meat has reached an internal temperature of at least 165F or 75C before it’s safe to serve. Serving burgers that have not been reheated to the required temperature can lead to food poisoning. 
  • Reheat Plain Burgers – Although the best thing about burgers is often the lashings of relish, onions, and cheese that accompany the patty, it’s best to reheat them plain, just as they are. You can add your chosen accompaniments when you place your burgers in their buns. 
  • Reheat Once – You should only ever reheat patties once, and this is true for all types of meat. It’s not safe to reheat meat more than once, so if you still have burgers leftover after you’ve heated them for a second time, you need to discard them.

Is It Safe to Reheat Burgers?

Yes, reheating burgers is perfectly safe. However, you must ensure that you have stored your burgers safely in the fridge or freezer until it’s time to reheat them.

What’s more, when you come to reheat them, you will then need to check their internal temperature before serving them, ensuring they’re at least 165F or 75C before tucking in.

Reheating Burgers FAQs

Do you still have questions about reheating burgers? Then these FAQs might help you out:

Can You Reheat Lamb Burgers?

To reheat lamb burgers, we would advise putting them into the oven for around 15 to 20 minutes until piping hot through. You can reheat them in the microwave, but they will often dry out.

Can You Reheat Chicken Burgers?

Providing that you have stored the chicken burger properly then you can reheat it. Like most burger types, you’re better off reheating chicken burgers in the oven.

Can You Reheat Veggie Burgers?

Veggie burgers can be reheated either in the oven or microwave. They can also be reheated in a pan on the stove. All that matters is that they’re piping hot in the centre. Veggie Burger in a Bun with Lettuce Onion and Ketchup

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