Temperature Guidelines for Grilled Meats

Grilling can be a fun way to cook healthfully for the whole family while enjoying the great outdoors. However, grilling does come with a risk of food-borne illness, which you can combat by taking certain safety precautions. Apart from keeping a hygienic workspace, one of the best ways to ensure the safety of your meat is to cook it to the proper temperature. Always use a meat thermometer to gauge the temperature of your meat, placing it in the center, or thickest part of the cut, to get an accurate reading. 

Here are some basic temperature guidelines for the most common types of grilled meats. Don't forget to share or "Pin" this graphic to save for your next barbecue! 

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Member Comments

I got me a Sous Vide cooker, and now I pre-cook everything I am going to grill. It takes longer, 1 hour for pork chops, 2 hours for medium rare steaks, but the meat is cooked trough and held at the cooking temperature for a long enough time, that it's safe. Finish on the grill, and yummy! Report
I've never checked the temperature of anything, to be honest. Never had an issue. Report
Awesome..thanks! Report
Great info! Thanks! Report
Good to know since I grill year round. Yes, you will see me out there in snow storms lol. Report
Thanks for the information. Report
These numbers are high, for rare beef, pull at 125. Salmon is done at 125. These numbers will give you dry results. Report
Good info for those who are not sure. Report
Use the temperature probe as often as I can. Report
great article. Even though we are in the throes of winter we are still grilling and this information comes in handy Report
Great tips Report
Good to know. Report
thanks for sharing Report
Absolutely great Report
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Melinda Hershey
Melinda Hershey
Melinda has a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and education and is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer. Before working as an editor for SparkPeople, she developed and taught health programs for several non-profit organizations. She enjoys writing, interval training, yoga, and cooking with friends.