BBQ: Experts share ideal temperatures for cooking meats, from chicken to steak

Are you planning to dust off the BBQ this holiday? (Picture: Getty)

This Monday we are entitled to yet another holiday in May and this one should be scorching.

With high temperatures getting us in the summer mood, many people will be thinking of dusting off the BBQ and inviting some friends over for a back garden feast.

However, it is important to make sure that you cook the meat on the BBQ at the right temperature to avoid food poisoning.

Here are some expert tips on the exact temperature at which you should grill different meats.

At what temperature should you grill meat? experts warn that grilling meat on the grill isn’t the same as cooking it on a griddle or in an oven.

Ashleigh Tosh at said: “As soon as the sun starts to shine, it’s hard to resist the temptation to feast on a delicious barbecue.

Friends on a rooftop enjoying a barbecue.

Cooking meat on the barbecue is an art (Photo: Getty)

However, there is a potential danger associated with cooking meats such as beef burgers and pork on the barbecue, especially for those unfamiliar with the cooking appliance.

Beef burgers

According to MuscleFood, the best temperature for cooking beef burgers on the BBQ is 71ºC to 74ºC.

Beef burgers are best done, rare to well done – however, if you remove them from the grill too soon, you could end up throwing up the next day due to food poisoning.

The hot dogs

MuscleFood states that hot dogs should be cooked at a slightly higher temperature than beef burgers, starting at 74ºC to 75ºC.

It’s important to make sure the hot dogs are cooked evenly, as they may look cooked at the ends but may be pink in the middle.


Ribs should be cooked at a much higher temperature than other meats between 93°C and 97°C.

They should also be left in the grill for four or five hours, so be sure to hit them on the Barbie plenty of time before your guests arrive.

a barbecue

Eating raw meat can cause food poisoning (Photo: Getty Images)

Chicken Burgers

Unlike beef burgers, it is imperative to ensure that there is no sign of pink in a chicken burger, as this could cause salmonella poisoning.

MuscleFood states that making sure the temperature of your burger is between 74°C and 76°C is the best way to avoid harmful bacteria from raw chicken.


For fish lovers and pescatarians, salmon is the perfect barbecue treat and should be cooked between 90°C and 92°C.

The color of your salmon is a key indicator of whether it’s cooked through – if it’s dark pink in the middle, it needs a little more time on the barbie.

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