Can You Freeze Hamburger Buns? How?


Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Hamburger Buns?

Yes! Hamburger buns, like, bread in general, can be frozen quite well. Considering how shamefully short the shelf life of these buns is in the refrigerator, freezing is actually quite a great option when it comes to significantly extending its shelf life. It is very simple to freeze hamburger buns, and the ways to defrost them are also quite easy and take little effort. If you do it right, there should be no difference between fresh buns and defrosted ones.

This comprehensive, step-by-step, detailed guide has been put together to help you learn how to freeze hamburger buns successfully and easily at the comfort of your home.

This guide has time-tested personal experience and lots of intensive research into expert opinion to back it up. 

Let’s get right into our first method of how to freeze hamburger buns and its detailed steps!

How to Freeze Hamburger Buns

How to Freeze Hamburger Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This method is to be used if you do not require to freeze your homemade hamburger buns for beyond three weeks. For this, your buns require a minimal level of protection that does not take too much time or effort. Follow these instructions carefully.


  • Plastic wrap / freezer paper / aluminum foil


    Wait for your freshly-made buns to cool down completely : This step can obviously be skipped if you are freezing old or leftover homemade buns, but if just freshly prepared, it is essential that it is completely cooled down before you put it in the freezer.

    Putting warm hamburger buns inside the freezer could cause spitting and make the hamburger buns turn out soggy or moldy. Avoid it at all costs.

    Wrap your buns individually, tightly in either plastic wrap, freezer paper, or aluminum foil : One layer should be enough, given that you are only keeping the buns in freezer storage for around three weeks (and no more.)

    Nonetheless, you have to wrap the hamburger buns tightly and securely and ensure no part or surface is exposed. Once secure, you can keep it in the freezer! Try to keep it away from other aromatic foods in the freezer, like meats and fish.

    And remember that you must finish up the hamburger buns within a maximum of three weeks since freezing. And once thawed, try your best to use up the entire loaf within a maximum of one to two days.

    Also, if you are looking to freeze store-bought buns for a short-term period, the package can be kept directly in the freezer and frozen for up to 3 weeks.

Freezing Store-bought Hamburger Buns in Original Packaging (3 Months)

Time Taken: 5-10 minutes

What You Need:

  • One large heavy-duty Ziplock airtight resealable freezer bag
  • Cling film

This is a simple, very easy way about it that does not require too much time or effort and comes in especially handy when you have stocked up on ham but are not sure how to store it while preserving its freshness and quality.

You can freeze store-bought hamburger buns in its original packaging itself. All you need is a heavy-duty, airtight, resealable freezer bag.

Wrap the packaged buns tightly in cling film

This is not entirely mandatory, but going this extra mile does indeed give your hamburger buns added protection, especially from freezer burns, making sure it is able to stay in the freezer well and for long.

Place inside an airtight freezer bag

It would help to work with a bag that more or less matches the size of the packaged bun. Put the cling film-wrapped packaged buns inside it.

This helps the buns from drying out and, once sealed carefully, makes it totally airtight and watertight.

Seal carefully, label and freeze

Squeeze out all the air possible from the freezer bag. Label it with the storage date so that you do not forget about it and end up keeping the hamburger buns in the freezer indefinitely. Your buns are now ready to freeze for up to three months!

Note that, after thawing, it is essential that you use up the buns within a maximum of one to two days. Keeping them beyond that time will make the buns inedible and spoil them beyond salvation.

Freezing Homemade/Old Store-bought Hamburger Buns Individually for Long-Term Storage (6 months)

Time Taken: 15-20 minutes

What You Need:

  • Knife
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil / freezer paper
  • Large airtight resealable freezer bags

It is always recommended that you freeze hamburger buns individually. This is so that you are able to take, thaw and use only as much as you want at a time, without having to touch or refreeze the rest.

If you would like a quick refresher for a homemade recipe for hamburger buns, feel free to go ahead and check out:

Wait for your freshly-made buns to cool down completely

This step can obviously be skipped if you are freezing old store-bought or homemade buns, but if just freshly prepared, it is essential that it is completely cooled down before you put it in the freezer.

Cut into bun sizes if not already done

If your buns are in the form of one loaf, cut it carefully into individual bun slices, unless they are in slices already.

Wrap each bun in plastic wrap and double-wrap in foil or freezer paper

Each individual bun has to be wrapped tightly and carefully, first in plastic wrap, and another layer with either freezer paper or aluminum foil.

This double-wrapping is the secret to preserving your hamburger buns well in the freezer, as it provides your buns with adequate protection against freezer burns and other aromas.

Pack wrapped hamburger buns into airtight freezer bags

Use multiple if necessary, depending on the number of buns you have and their slices. Pack the wrapped buns in carefully. Seal tightly,

label and freeze

Seal the bags securely, label and freeze!

How to Freeze Hamburgers

Time Taken: 15-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Plastic wrap
  • Airtight resealable freezer bags or container

Instead of freezing just the hamburger buns separately, you have decided to go right ahead and freeze the whole burgers that you have made! This is also a great idea, and can be done with no issues. 

In case you would like a refresher, here is a recommended, very simple recipe for hamburgers:

Make your hamburgers as per recipe

Hamburgers are fairly easy to make; use the guide if needed and move on to prepping to freeze the burgers once they have been prepared.

Wrap each burger tightly with plastic wrap

Cling film can also be used as a substitute for plastic wrap. However, it is essential that you wrap each burger very, very tightly and securely. No part of the burger should be exposed, and there should be no space for air.

Pack in the hamburgers in airtight freezer bags or containers

Pack in the plastic-wrapped burgers carefully into an airtight freezer container or freezer bags.

Seal securely, label and freeze.

Squeeze out as much excess air as possible from the freezer bags after putting the hamburgers inside. Once the bags are sealed securely and labeled, they are ready to freeze. The same applies to the container.

Note that while you can freeze your hamburgers for up to two to three months, it is wise to eat them up as early as possible within freezing. Keeping them in the freezer indefinitely may harshly affect their texture and quality over the long run.

How Long Can You Freeze Hamburger Buns?

Strictly speaking, hamburger buns freeze fine, but they will not keep in the freezer for too long. Hence, it is recommended that you consume them within the earliest possible for optimum flavor; either three weeks, three months, or six months based on method.

As with freezing most to all foods, the longer you keep the buns in the freezer, the more they are going to lose their texture, consistency, flavor, and taste as it may start to lose moisture, separate, and get spoilt.

Also note that how fresh the hamburger buns are at the time that you freeze them plays a huge role in how long you will be able to freeze it for.

Buns and other variants in the bread category freeze best; older bread may not freeze so well.

How to Store Frozen Hamburger Buns?

As discussed, hamburger buns can be kept in freezer storage in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids, whether leftover or freshly made. Their storage and freezing processes can vary depending on how long you are aiming to store them for.

Whichever method you go with, the sealing and freezing need to be done very carefully; good quality airtight and watertight freezer-safe containers need to be used, and it needs to be ensured that the hamburger buns are frozen at the same, consistent temperature in the freezer.

Remember that your hamburger buns may not hold up well in the freezer even beyond a few weeks if the storage is not done properly, following all the instructions correctly and meticulously and making sure you use the best quality materials.

How to Defrost Frozen Hamburger Buns?

There are three main ways to defrost hamburger buns, each with its set of pros and cons. We will examine each carefully here. You can either defrost frozen hamburger buns on the counter, in the microwave, or even in the oven.

To defrost on the counter, you need to simply leave the hamburger buns to thaw for at least four to five hours on the counter. However, if you are in a time crunch, this method can be a little inconvenient.

You have the option of defrosting your hamburger buns in the microwave! Just give them a couple of runs for a few minutes.

However, do note that you need to eat up the hamburger buns at soon as you defrost and reheat them in the microwave, otherwise they can dry out.

Lastly, thawing in the oven is also a quick, simple and effortless way to defrost hamburger buns. Do note that it requires around 5 to 10 minutes to preheat before the actual thawing. 

Keeping all these pros and cons in mind, you can go ahead and defrost your frozen hamburger buns in the method that is most suitable and convenient for you!

Can You Refreeze Frozen Hamburger Buns?

Refreezing hamburger buns is not advised at all. Freezing once would be hard enough on the texture as it is; to thaw it and then freeze again only to defrost another time, would simply ruin the texture of the hamburger buns entirely and make them inedible.

Avoid refreezing at all costs; once thawed, serve immediately, and do not refreeze any leftovers.

Do Hamburger Buns Freeze Well?

It is a common misconception that freezing hamburger buns, or bread in general, would dry them out, but if frozen correctly, you’ll have fresh buns in your freezer whenever you need! 

Bread, and other variants like hamburger buns, actually freeze absolutely fine.

If you follow these instructions carefully and make sure you store them according to the time you want to freeze them, you have nothing to worry about. Remember to use them up in time!

The trick is to make sure that your hamburger buns are stored in a good quality freezer bag with as little air as possible. This is why double-bagging is recommended, and you are also advised to squeeze out all the air that you can before sealing.

Also, make sure to freeze the buns while they are still fresh, as the freezer will not hide or reduce in any way the staleness of the bread. In fact, it will only get worse.

If the buns went stale before you froze it, it will still be stale afterward, and might not freeze that well either.


What happens to the hamburger buns if I do not wrap them individually before freezing?

Your hamburger buns will be fine if you do not wrap them individually before freezing. However, do note that the allover flavor and quality may be down considerably, and the buns may feel a bit to significantly stale and dry.

Therefore, it is best to stay on the safe side and wrap your burger buns individually for best results.

What can I use hamburger buns for that have gone slightly stale?

Slightly stale buns or any kind of bread can still be used just fine to make French toast, bread pudding and croutons too! Use them up instead of letting them go to waste.

Do I need to flash-freeze my hamburger buns before freezing them?

Flash-freezing is done to ensure that the foodstuff does not clump together and stick to each other during the actual freezing process.

Unless you place the hamburger buns in such a way that the bottom sides stick, or squeeze them together too tight, they will not freeze together.

Freezing many buns together in a single bag should be alright, therefore, it is not strictly necessary to flash-freeze. However, if it helps you feel better and like you are on the safe side, go for it!

How do I prevent soggy hamburger buns during defrosting after freezing them?

A good idea is to flip the hamburger buns upside down, after an hour or so of defrosting. This usually helps spread out the moisture a little more evenly, to ensure that you do not end up with a soggy bottom in your hamburger buns.

If that option is not available for whatever reason, you can also place a paper towel under the buns so that it absorbs any excess moisture.

Can I steam my hamburger buns to warm them up after freezing?

Yes, absolutely. If you have a bamboo steamer or maybe a double boiler, you can simply use them to warm up for frozen hamburger buns for around 10 to 20 seconds.

It is a very quick, effortless and efficient way to warm up your buns!

Bottom Line

We hope this comprehensive, step-by-step guide covering the best methods to freeze hamburger buns successfully at the safety and ease of your home has helped you!

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About Amanda Jones

Amanda is a person with an eye for detail. She has been cooking since her childhood and loves to bake too. Recently, she's made the decision to pursue baking full-time and quit her 9 to 5 job. In the meantime, she still enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family, especially when it comes time for special occasions like birthdays or holidays!

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