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Grilling Temperature Guide

Cooking How-To, How-To
on June 1, 2006

It’s grilling time. To test the heat level of your fire, hold your palm an inch or two above the grill grate. The length of time you can stand the heat tells you how hot the grill is.

  • Less than 1 second  – Very hot  – 600F
  • 1 to 2 seconds – Hot – 400F to 500F
  • 3 to 4 seconds – Medium – 350F to 375F
  • 5 to 7 seconds – Medium-low – 325F to 350F