For consistent results, while cooking beef, it is important to know your target doneness temperatures. We’re partial to medium rare ourselves for its flavor and tenderness, but whether you like your beef rare or on the well-done side, use a fast and accurate instant-read thermometer, like the Thermapen Mk4®, to make sure you get just the doneness you prefer. (Learn more about what thermometer to use for beef.) Keep in mind, ground beef should always be cooked to at least 160°F for food safety reasons. The following temperature chart is for steaks, prime rib and other roasts, and other whole muscle cuts of beef.
Beef Temperature Chart
|Beef Doneness||Final Done Temperature|
|Well Done||155ºF and up|
It is also important to note, that these temperatures are the final doneness temperatures. Beef should be pulled from heat 3 to 10ºF lower than these temperatures (depending upon the size of the cut and the intensity of the cooking environment) to account for carry-over cooking while the beef rests before carving and serving.
*These beef temperatures come from our Chef Recommended, ThermoWorks Approved temperature chart. Check it out to learn more about temperatures you should be aiming for.
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