How long to grill burgers? Time and temperature guide for hamburgers
Maybe it’s the Fourth of July, and you’re rushing to get the patties cooked before the fireworks show begins. Or, maybe you’re in no hurry at all on a beautiful day and just feel like grilling some hamburgers for dinner.
Regardless, it’s important to know how long you’re supposed to grill your burgers, particularly if this is your first time grilling. Raw meats can contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter and E. coli, according to the Food Authority of New South Wales, so it’s important to get your patties thoroughly cooked.
Whatever your reason for grilling, we’re here to help you get it right. Once you have your patties formed and your grill pre-heated (more on lighting a charcoal grill below), it’s time to get grilling.
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How long does it take to grill burgers?
The key to grilling your burger to satisfaction is bringing it to the right internal temperature, whether you’re grilling with charcoal, propane or an electric grill.
These are the internal temperatures Simply Recipes recommends:
- Rare – 125º F
- Medium rare – 135º F
- Medium – 145º F
- Well-done – 160º F
The USDA recommends all burgers be brought to an internal temperature of 160º F to maximize food safety.
Depending on the thickness and density of your patty as well as the temperature of your grill, this could take different amounts of time. A meat thermometer is a convenient option to make sure you hit your desired temperature.
Simply Recipes estimates how long this should take for each level of doneness:
- Rare – 4 minutes total
- Medium rare – 5 minutes total
- Medium – 6 to 7 minutes total
- Well-done – 8 to 9 minutes total
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How long to grill Beyond Meat products
The good news about meatless patties is they usually are less at risk for carrying certain bacteria — but that doesn’t mean you should undercook your Beyond patties. If your Beyond Meat isn’t thoroughly cooked, you could consume raw pea protein, which your body might have some trouble digesting, according to Prepared Cooks.
Once your Beyond Meat is thawed and placed on a preheated grill, cook on one side until it’s brown and caramelized on the bottom, according to The Spoon. Then, flip it and cook the other side.
Beyond Meat says this should take about four minutes per side.
How to light a charcoal grill
Lighting a charcoal grill is usually easiest with a chimney, a cylindrical device which helps the coals light each other by containing and directing the flow of heat.
Charcoal company Kingsford says these are the steps you should take to get your grill going with a chimney:
- Fill the chimney with charcoal
- Light kindling and place the chimney on top of it. This can be crumpled up newspaper or a couple charcoal briquets squirted with lighter fluid.
- Pour out the chimney into the grill when the coals are covered in gray ash.
Kingsford also presents a simple method to light your grill if you don’t have a chimney:
- Pile up the charcoal briquets.
- Add lighter fluid, and light the coals. Never squirt lighter fluid onto a flame.
- Spread out your coals to use when they are covered in gray ash.
Some easy-light charcoal can also be lit with matches.
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