What Temperature Should Grill Be at for Burgers? 

December 29, 2022 3 min read

Hamburger with french fries

Burgers are among the iconic foods enjoyed by most Americans. Summers are the best time people are often on their grills to make a perfect burger.

However, there are a few things you ought to master before cooking, or else you might end up with a tasteless or dry burger.

What temperatures do you grill burgers at? Well, the most appropriate temperature for grilling burgers should be at least 375 degrees F to about 500 degrees F, depending on the specific grill you’ll be using.

This article is a simple temperature guide so that you end up with excellent and tasty burgers on your table. 

Patties on grill 

Grill Temperature for Burgers 

Before you even embark on grilling your burgers, it’s vital to ensure that your grill is hot enough. It means preheating your grill for about 15 minutes. 

Intense heat is essential for creating a deep brown crust on the burger. However, if your burger is left for too long on the grill, it will get burnt. Therefore, it’s advisable to set your grill with low-heat and high-heat zones.

The high heat initiates the grilling to create the brown marks then the low heat zone finishes the grilling process. This process is called indirect grilling 

Such heat level is attained at approximately 375 degrees. Some grills have the capability of hitting up to 500 degrees F.

If you’re doing smoked burgers, the average temperature should be 225 degrees F. However, it all depends on the specific grill you are using. 

Usually, most electric grills have an in-built thermometer that you use to monitor when your grill attains that particular heat level.

However, you should invest in a grill thermometer for the same purpose if you are using a charcoal grill.

What are the Internal Temperature While Grilling Burgers? 

Grill temperatures will directly affect the internal temperatures of your burger.

The minimum recommended internal temperatures for burgers should be 160 degrees F. However, it depends on your personal preference on the level of meat doneness you want to attain. 

You should attain 125 degrees F for rare cooking, medium-rare cooking should be 135 degrees F, medium cooking should be 145 degrees F, and well-done cooking should hit 160 degrees F. 

Use an instant-read meat thermometer to read the internal temperature of your meat. 

How Long Should You Cook Your Burger? 

The grill temperature and the internal temperature you want to attain will directly affect the amount of time your burger stays on the grill. 

When your grill is at a high temperature of 375 degrees F or more and grilling 1.5 inches (thick) burger, then you will need to cook your burger for 4 minutes on each side for a perfect medium cooking.

2 minutes on each side is for a rare, 3 minutes each side for medium-rare and 5 minutes for well-done cooking.

 Burger and fried potato


Burgers are delicious when grilled the right way. Therefore, understanding the art of grill temperatures, internal temperatures, and the period of cooking is essential. The three are interdependent. 

Most importantly, the amount of heat on your grill can result in an undercooked burger if it’s low or a burnt burger if the heat is extremely high, more so if the burger stays long on the grill.

Therefore, you ought to maintain heat levels that will give the desired results on your burgers. 

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