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Food Safety: Internal Temperature for Burgers

Burger Doneness Chart


Poblano Burgers

Poblano Burgers

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Basic Burgers

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Texas Burgers

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When cooking a hamburger, make sure you handle the meat safely. Wash your hands before and after handling the ground beef.

After about 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time, check the burger for doneness. Place an instant-read in the center of the thickest burger.

According to the USDA, ground meat must be cooked to at least 160°, or well done. This typically takes from 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness or size of the hamburgers.

After using the food thermometer, clean it with hot soapy water.

Though any temperature under 160° is not considered safe for ground meat (USDA Guidelines), here is a list of cooking times for varying degrees of doneness for burgers:


  • Rare: 120 to 125
  • Medium Rare: 130 to 135
  • Medium Well: 150 to 155
  • Well Done: 160 to 165

Burger Recipes

Basic Grilled Burgers
Poblano Burgers
Chipotle Burgers
Juicy Grilled Burgers

Texas Burgers

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