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Guide to Meat Temperatures: Steak

Guide to Meat Temperatures: Steak

All this week we have been talking about meat temperatures on social media. While we could just throw all of the different meat temperature guidelines into one blog post, it would be massive and no fun to read. 

So in the interest of keeping things short, sweet, and to the point, we’re going to be doing a blog post series on meat temperatures.

First up: Steak!

We have some strong opinions at Char-Griller HQ about how steak should be cooked. While we do try to be as unbiased as possible, this is one area where we just can’t help it. So here we go, your guide to steak temperatures.


The Different Meat Temperatures


 How to Cook Extra Rare Steak

We all know that one person who tells us, “No, seriously. I just want the steak kissed by the grill. Quick sear on both sides and then off. I want to hear it mooing still.” Extra Rare steak means that the internal temperature of the thickest part of the meat is at 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes called Blue or Purple Rare, cooking steak to this temperature means it is barely warm in the middle.



 How to cook rare steak

For people who like their steak with a little less mooing, Rare is the way to go. Kept on the grill just barely longer than an Extra Rare steak, Rare steak is cooked to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. We like to call it a “Caveman Quality” sear. It’s good for extra premium cuts of meat where you really want to taste the flavor of the beef.



how to cook medium rare steak 

Now we are hitting the ideal restaurant quality steak. Medium Rare is the temperature that waiters most commonly recommend when you order a steak at a restaurant. Cooked until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the steak is at 135 degrees Fahrenheit it’s a great way to get the ideal flavor and texture of a steak.

Pro Tip: If you are worried a restaurant is going to overcook your steak, ask for Medium Rare because you can almost guarantee that you will at least end up with Medium.



 How to Cook Medium steak

One of the most common meat temperatures, Medium steak is cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. It is still mostly tender but quickly approaching the almost dry stage. If you only like a little bit of pink in your steak, Medium is the way to go.



 How to cook medium well steak

Now we are approaching the point of no return. Medium Well steak is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit. A lot of people feel like this is the only “safe” temperature for steak, but that’s just not true. That being said, it is the temperature you want to cook steak to when someone says they only want a tiny bit of pink in their steak.



How to cook well done steak 

We can’t really even justify this one with more than a sentence or two. But yeah…Well Done means your steak is really dead. It just can’t survive that 160 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature. God speed.


Quick Start Guide to Steak Temperatures

steak temperatures guide

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David Ilomaki March 25, 2019

Thank you for showing the different meat temps…..that’s good…..but I have to tell you…..I can’t remember when the last time I had a steak. I just don’t eat a steak anymore… takes a week or so for my stomach to digest it. But thank you none the same….

Troy Carroll March 25, 2019

To me the Rare is the only way to go. If I want a well done steak, I will go to the tannery and get a shoe sole. Well done steaks are dry and tough.

Tim March 25, 2019

Thanks folks! I’m keeping this close by. I was off a little. I thought medium was 150. I grill to 145 then rest it for 10 minutes covered which usually brings it up to 150 “ish”. My next ribeye is coming off at 142-143 then rest only 5 minutes. Thought?

Ernest Annable March 25, 2019

Thank you for this valuable information. The only thing that you forgot is that one should use one of your tremendous rub seasonings

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