Meat Temperature Chart
Meat Grilling and Smoking Temperatures For Doneness
How do you tell if your meat is done when grilling, smoking, or barbecuing? Even though there is a definite science behind the answer to that question, most grill masters will tell you that it comes with experience. Plus, the outside of your meat can easily appear to be done but it could have a char or sear on the outside that can be deceiving. The worst thing any grill master can do is take a piece of meat off the grill too early or too late. Our recommendation is to purchase a digital instant-read meat thermometer and use the chart below in order to pull your meat off the grill at the perfect time. This will ensure a quality meal every time with great accuracy. It also doesn't hurt to get to know your grill and how it cooks, use a clock for meat cooking time estimates, or use the thumb and finger temperature doneness test explained below.
Meat Temperature Doneness Chart
*Remember that you can eat higher quality meats like steaks at temperatures lower than ground meats. This is because the surface area on a steak is the only thing exposed to the outside bacteria that will cook off during the grilling process. Ground meats like a hamburger has all of the bacteria mixed into the center of the meat, which means it isn't as safe to eat at a medium temperature.