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How to Grill Burgers at the Proper Temperature

author image Jeremy Hoefs
Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
How to Grill Burgers at the Proper Temperature
Beef hamburgers on a grill being flipped. Photo Credit: Michael Gray/iStock/Getty Images

Grilling burgers is a traditional backyard pastime for family dinners and get-togethers with friends. However, improper handling or cooking can lead to sickness from potential harmful bacteria in the meat. When ground beef is manufactured, it can be exposed to harmful bacteria. In fact, it may be that 0.1 to 1 percent of commercial ground hamburger contains enough E. coli -- bacteria that can cause illness -- to make a child sick. To destroy all of the bacteria, you must grill the burgers to a specific internal temperature.

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Step 1

Wash your hands, counter tops and cooking utensils with soap and warm water before preparing burgers.

Step 2

Set the grill on medium to high and allow it to reach 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Form the meat into patties ranging from 1/2- to 1-inch thick.

Step 4

Cook and flip the burgers. Cooking times vary based on the thickness of the burgers, temperature of the meat and grill temperature. For example, a 4-oz. burger takes about 5 minutes per side, while an 8-oz. burger takes about 14 minutes per side.

Step 5

Check that the internal temperature of the burgers reaches a minimum of 160 F for at least 15 seconds, making sure the thermometer probe is in the center of the burger.

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