Can you BBQ frozen sausages?

So you forgot to take the sausages out of the freezer to slap on the BBQ, Can you BBQ frozen sausages? Do you need to wait for them to thaw and what’s the fastest method to defrost sausages?

All of these questions will be answered in this simple guide.

First, can you BBQ frozen sausages?

Yes, sausages are one of the few foods that can be cooked on the BBQ from frozen. So if you did forget to defrost them beforehand, not to worry!

Frozen sausages burn much easier than thawed sausages so require care and attention when grilling. Sausages require low and slow cooking no matter what method you choose to cook them. All of the fat content put in the sausage needs a chance to break down giving you that soft moist taste and texture.

Frozen sausages need to be cooked through thoroughly, they can make you quite unwell if you choose to eat them prematurely.

The correct method to grill frozen sausages

Sausages are delicate and are easily burnt if placed straight over the direct heat frozen or not. The best way to BBQ a frozen sausage is to set the BBQ for indirect cooking, with lit charcoal to one side and the cooking area to the other.

Adding a little cooking oil to the grill grates will stop the sausages from sticking. Cook the sausages indirectly with the lid closed. Usually, around 10 -15 minutes is sufficient. It will allow the sausages to thaw and cook through.

Once satisfied the sausage internal has finished cooking, they can then be finished over direct heat. Add a nice bit of color to the skin of the sausage without burning them.

If you chose to grill a frozen sausage straight over direct heat, the skin would burn before the center has a chance to thaw and cook. Frozen sausages aren’t easily grilled on disposable BBQs or grills without lids. It would be a wiser decision to defrost the sausages first if either is your grill of choice.

Internal temperature of cooked sausages

Sausages are cooked when the internal temperature reaches 160 Degrees Fahrenheit (71.1 degrees Celcius). To check the temperature of the sausage place a digital thermometer into the end of the sausage, and ensure it reaches the center to get a correct reading.


How to defrost sausages

Don’t fancy grilling your sausages from frozen, there are several different ways to defrost a sausage. However, if you decide to defrost your sausages before grilling or cooking in any method they should be fully thawed before cooking.


Microwaving sausages on the defrost setting depending on the weight and the quantity can be done in around 10 minutes.

In the refridgerator

The sausages are better placed on a plate in the fridge if defrosting overnight. Once defrosted sausages are good for around 24 hours in the fridge.

In water

If the sausages are still in protective plastic wrapping, sausages can thaw under cold running water, and then be left in a bowl of water to defrost, although takes a while around 3 or 4 hours, sometimes longer. It does stop frozen sausages from drying out.

On the side

Sausages can be placed on a tray at room temperature and left to thaw on the kitchen side. Although, cover with a towel or foil to stop bugs and debris from falling on them.

What’s the fastest way to defrost sausages?

Defrosting sausages in the microwave is the fastest way to defrost sausages. There is a downside to using the microwave though. Meat tends to dry out!

Once the skin of the sausage has thawed in the microwave it starts to cook and then continues to cook and dry out while the rest of the sausage is defrosting. Not ideal if you want good eating sausages.

In the time it has taken to thaw the sausages you may have well just grilled them correctly on the BBQ.

The bottom line

Can you BBQ frozen sausages? Yes and rather than defrosting sausages it is much better to BBQ from frozen. Pay more attention to grilling them indirectly and then finish over the coals. Perfect sausages!