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

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
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Love some steak not as much as I use to but the bread & butter were my appetizer.😳 Now they don't give the regular French bread or butter so I do so much better. Report
Thanks for the reminder Report
thank you for this info Report
Pork should be cooked to 138, 145 will give you dry meat indeed. Report
Grilling itself is extremely toxic. The charred bits are carcinogenic. Report
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I'm going to make a bookmark for my husband to keep at the grill! Report
Love it this is what I do I have a temp probe I stick in any meat I cook just to be sure the meat is cooked.. Report
Great article. Very giid tips on grilling your meat. Thanks. 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.