Minimum Meat Temperatures

Recommended minimum temperatures* for various meats. Be sure to accurately assess the lowest reading from the thickest part of the meat. This super-fast water-resistant digital pocket thermometer can obtain an accurate reading in only 6 seconds for under $30. You can obtain near instant and pin-point readings with this professional Thermapen for $96.

Category Food Temperature (°F)
Ground Meat & Meat Mixtures Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb 160°
Turkey, Chicken 165°
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb Steaks, roasts, chops 145°
(rest 3 mins)
Poultry Chicken & Turkey, whole 165°
Poultry breasts, roasts 165°
Poultry thighs, legs, wings 165°
Duck & Goose 165°
Stuffing (cooked alone or in bird) 165°
Pork and Ham Fresh pork 145°
(rest 3 mins)
Fresh ham (raw) 145°
(rest 3 mins)
Precooked ham (to reheat) 140°
Eggs & Egg Dishes Eggs Cook until
yolk &
are firm
Egg dishes 160°
Leftovers & Casseroles Leftovers 165°
Casseroles 165 

* as published by accessed 7/10/12.

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