We're always searching for the perfect burger, and following the right burger cook time is a huge part of making each bite juicy and delicious. But don't judge the doneness of hamburger patties and roasts just by appearance. Use a meat thermometer to make sure you serve up a perfect burger every time.

June 09, 2015
testing doneness of burger on grill with thermometer

An instant-read meat thermometer ensures perfectly cooked hamburger patties. A beef, veal, lamb, or pork burger cooked to 160°F, regardless of color, is safe. (Ground turkey or chicken burgers must be cooked to 165°F.) If the beef has been mixed with eggs or other ingredients, grill the burgers to 165°F.

If using a digital instant-read thermometer, insert the tip of the thermometer into the cooking burger at least a quarter of an inch for 10 seconds. If using a dial instant-read thermometer, insert the thermometer through the side of the burger to a depth of 2 to 3 inches to get an accurate reading.

Want to find out the best way to grill burgers? Get our must-know tips for grilling juicy, delicious hamburger patties.

Testing Roasts

thermometer tips: thermometer in rib roast - oven going thermometer

You shouldn't just be using a thermometer for hamburgers on the grill. Your meat thermometer can also guarantee perfectly grilled roasts every time. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into the center of the thickest part of the uncooked roast. The thermometer should not touch any fat or bone, or the pan. When the meat reaches the desired doneness, remove it from the grill. Let it stand about 15 minutes before slicing. This will make the meat easier to slice.

Looking for a great grilled roast? Try our Tri-Tip Roast Recipe with Grilled Avocados.

For more meat-smart advice, check out our Interactive Roasting Guide.

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Turn your ordinary hamburger patties into the best grilled burgers ever! We have a few more tips and tricks for cooking burgers, plus a few of our all-time favorite burger recipes. Your perfect burger awaits!


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