Pre-Grilling Steak Temp Guide (With Chart)

Before grilling steak, I find it helpful to let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

This helps steak cook more evenly. You'll want to preheat your grill to medium-high heat of around 400-450°F and let it reach that temperature before grilling your meat.

Recommended Internal Temperatures

Thermometer Testing a Steak

For the perfect steak, aim for an internal temperature of 130-135°F. This ensures a juicy and tender result.

Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature while grilling, and remove the steak from the heat when it reaches your desired level of doneness.


Internal Temp Doneness Levels:

Doneness LevelInternal Temperature
Medium Rare130-140°F
Medium Well150-160°F
Well Done160°F and above

Meat Thermometer Tip

Meat Thermometer on Steak

Investing in a reliable meat thermometer is a game-changer for grilling success. When testing the internal temperature, make sure to insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the steak without touching the bone.