This Meat Temperature Chart is helpful when cooking all kinds of meats! It’s so important to know the Steak (Beef), Pork, Fish, and Chicken Internal Temperatures when cooking on the grill, on the stove, or even in the oven. Making sure you meat is properly cooked is essential to cooking safe and delicious recipes at home. Here you will find a FREE printable with shortcuts for knowing the best cooking temperatures of Chicken, Beef, Pork, Seafood, and more!
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Meat Temperature Chart (Ground Meat, Steak, Pork, Salmon, and Chicken Internal Temperature Guide)
We have compiled all the info we have garnered over the years on the perfect internal temperatures for cooking meat! This easy printable will help you when cooking beef, steak, salmon, seafood, pork, and chicken at home. Internal Temperatures are so important for keeping your family safe and your food tasting good, especially with poultry! Sit back and relax, we’ve got you covered!
Chicken Internal Temperature: 165F
Cooking to the correct internal temperature is important, especially with chicken. The FDA is very clear about making sure you cook chicken to 165 F to avoid salmonella poisoning. You can use a meat thermometer to make sure your chicken is fully cooked, or here are some extra tips to tell if its done:
- When you cut into the chicken, the meat is opaque. Typically the meat will be white, but a little pink is okay as long as the temp is 165. Color doesn’t necessarily equal doneness.
- When you slice the chicken, the juices should run clear.
- The cooked chicken meat should feel firm, not jiggly or rubbery.
Some early signs of salmonella include diarrhea, chills, fever, and abdominal pain. If you fear you have food poisoning, you should always contact a doctor for further instructions.
Here are 10 of our favorite Chicken Recipes if that sounds good for dinner!
- Bacon Ranch Chicken
- Oven Fried Chicken Breast Recipe (pictured)
- Spinach Stuffed Chicken
- Basil Cream Chicken
- Buttermilk Fried Chicken
- Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu
- Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce
- Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Chicken
- Baked Creamy Caesar Chicken
- Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan
Internal Temperature of Ground Meat (such as burgers, meatballs, or meatloaf): 160-165F
When cooking any ground beef for recipes such as burgers, meatloaf, or meatballs, I usually prefer them cooked to a minimum of 160F. It is safe to eat beef more rare (as opposed to chicken), but I just like burgers, meatballs, and meatloaf a big more cooked than my steak. A medium rare burger would be cooked to 145F if that’s what you prefer, but I think its safest to cook closer to 160-165F for ground meats. If you’re working with ground chicken or turkey, just like above, they should be cooked to a minimum of 165F.
QUICK TIP: When cooking with ground beef, remove from the stovetop or oven about 5 degrees under your desired internal temperature. That will help keep your recipe juicy and tender.
Here are 10 of our favorite recipes with ground meat!
- Stovetop Burgers
- Mediterranean Chicken Burgers
- Perfect Turkey Burgers
- Swedish Meatballs
- Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
- Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs
- Orange Marmalade Meatballs
- Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs
- Drop Meatballs
Internal Temperature for Pork (Pork Tenderloin or Pulled Pork): 145-205F
Pork is pretty self explanatory when dealing with internal temperatures. The temps are as follows:
- Pork Chops or Pork Tenderloins: 145F
- Pulled Pork: 205F
Pork is a meat that is often overcooked…making it seem like Pork is harder to cook that is true. YOU TOO CAN COOK PERFECT AND FLAVORFUL PORK! Just watch your temps carefully and remove from the heat 3-5 degrees under your desired temp of 145F.
Here are 8 of our favorite Pork Recipes:
- Pork Tenderloin with Honey and Herbs (shown)
- Crockpot BBQ Pork Sandwiches
- Honey Pork Chops with Pears and Bourbon
- Sweet Tea Pork Tenderloin with Pimento Grits
- Parmesan Pork Chops
- Sangria Pork Carnitas
- Apple Butter Pork Chops
- Drunken Garlic Ginger Pulled Pork
Internal temperature for Salmon: 125-145F
Okay, so salmon is a meat that you’re going to get conflicting opinions on for what the ideal temperature is for the PERFECT fillet. Some resources say any seafood should be cooked to 145F, but it is safe to cook it a bit less, and I prefer my salmon around 130-135F. Salmon cooked to an internal temperature of 125F is safe to eat and is considered “medium rare”. You’ll get tender, flakey fish while being fully cooked.
QUICK TIP: When testing the internal temperature of salmon, be sure you’re taking the temp at the thickest part of the fillet. Remove from the heat when the fish reads about 2 degrees under your desired temperature as it will continue to cook.
Here are our 10 Favorite Salmon Recipes:
- Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa
- Baked Salmon with Pesto
- Pecan Crusted Honey Bourbon Salmon
- Caprese Stuffed Salmon
- Caesar Salmon Foil Packets
- Parmesan Crusted White Wine Dijon Salmon (pictured)
- Tequila Lime Salmon Salad
- Lemon Butter Salmon in Parchment
- Honey Mustard Crusted Salmon
- Herb Crusted Salmon with Goat Cheese Polenta
Internal Temperatures for Steak: 125-160F
I’ve saved the best for last, STEAK! If we go to a fancy restaurant, you better believe I’m going to order the Steak Filet, Medium or Medium Rare, every single time. I just love a perfectly cooked steak. There’s nothing better! People like their steaks cooked all different ways, and that’s okay! Keep your handy meat thermometer handy (linked above) and be ready to cook to order for your friends and family. Internal temps are as follows:
- Rare 130-135 F
- Medium Rare 140 F
- Medium 155 F
- Well Done 165 F
Here are some of our favorite Steak Recipes:
- Skillet Steak with Peppercorn Cream Sauce (pictured)
- Seared New York Strip Steak
- Steak and Vegetable Kebabs
- Restaurant Style Steak with Roasted Garlic
- Garlic Rosemary Steak
- Steak with Sherry Sauce
All that’s left is to leave you with a simple and perfect way to grill steak every time. I hope this guide helped, and be sure to print off the FREE printable at the top of the page to keep in your kitchen for easy access. We are so glad you’re here. Enjoy!
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