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There’s no worse feeling than cutting into a juicy chicken breast, hot off the grill, only to find a too pink center that indicates undercooking. That's when a good grill thermometer would've saved the dinner.
Luckily, there are a number of helpful grill thermometers on the market, including both wireless and probe versions, to help solve this problem. When choosing, you'll want to think about how you'll be using it. Will you need to continue prepping dinner inside, with an app notifying you when the steak is medium-rare? Do you want accuracy within a degree or two? Will you need multiple thermometers at the same time? These are all aspects to take into consideration.
Read on for the best grill thermometers to seek out, broken into helpful categories for every type of need, from the seasoned grill masters to the newbie chefs.
Best Overall, Wireless: MEATER Plus Wireless Meat Thermometer
Wireless Range: 165 feet | Maximum Temperature: 212 degrees/527 degrees | Power Source: AAA battery
The Meater Plus makes outdoor cooking a breeze and connects to a free mobile app for wireless monitoring. It works over Bluetooth for a range up to 165 feet and you can extend the range by connecting it to your Wi-Fi with Meater Link (free in Meater's app) or connecting with Meater Cloud to use it with your Alexa.
This thermometer includes two sensors on one probe to simultaneously measure internal meat temperature up to 212 degrees and ambient or external temperature up to 527 degrees. The Guided Cook System walks users through each step of the cooking process and allows for customized alerts and notifications. For added convenience, the Meater Plus is dishwasher safe and can be charged up to 300 times with a single AAA battery that comes with the item.
It earns pretty aesthetic points too, with a sleek bamboo charging case and simple metal design. But, perhaps the single greatest asset of the Meater Plus is the Advanced Estimator Algorithm on the Meater app, which provides expert time management tips and clearly showcases how long to cook and rest food.
Best Overall, Probe: ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4
Accuracy: +/- 0.7 degrees | Maximum Temperature: 572 degrees | Power Source: AAA battery
The Thermapen is said to be a favorite of chefs and BBQ champions alike. It comes with remarkable technical accuracy, within less than one degree, and only takes a couple of seconds for a reading. It’s also waterproof and backlit for nighttime use, with a patented auto-rotating display to make grilling even more hassle-free; this means left-handed cooks will love this tool too!
This thermometer is great for saving battery life as well, as it will automatically shut off when put down and spring back to life when it gets picked back up. It’s guaranteed for 3,000-hour battery life using a single AAA battery, includes Biomaster silver ion technology to reduce microbial growth, and displays in both Celsius and Fahrenheit for added convenience. The probe also folds into the base to make for easy storage in between grilling. Choose from six different colors for your Thermapen Mk4, designed to perfectly cook your meat to the optimal temperature range based on your preferences.
Best Budget: NutriChef Smart BBQ Thermometer
Wireless Range: 100 feet/328 feet | Maximum Temperature: 482 degrees/716 degrees | Power Source: AA battery
This affordable handy tool harnesses the power of technology and makes grilling a breeze, with a sensor that triggers a cell phone alert when the meat reaches its desired temperature.
The Nutrichef Smart BB thermometer works with two temperature probes with the base connecting to your phone via an app and Bluetooth. It boasts an indoor range of 100 feet and an outdoor wireless range of 328 feet. The probes themselves can withstand intense heat, up to 482 degrees, while their 32-inch stainless-steel cables can tolerate up to 716 degrees. The probes can be used on different meats at the same time, as the digital display will simply switch back and forth between them for dual monitoring with ease. Additionally, temperatures can be set using both Fahrenheit and Celsius. The package does include the two AA batteries needed.
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Best Magnetic: Pampered Chef Instant-Read Food Thermometer
Accuracy: +/- 2 degrees | Maximum Temperature: 482 degrees | Power Source: CR-2032 battery
This water-resistant tool unfolds so that the detachable probe can monitor the meat inside your grill (or oven) while the display stays magnetically attached outside.
For ease, this Pampered Chef thermometer shows degrees in both Celsius and Fahrenheit and can be used in ranges from minus 40–482 degrees (minus 40–250 in Celsius). The display measures 5.5 x 1.75 inches with a 2.75-inch probe and a removable corded probe that is 3 feet long. Pampered Chef guarantees that the temperature is accurate within two degrees.
The thermometer is also protected with a one-year guarantee for non-commercial use, perfect for at-home cooking. When cleaning, be sure to not submerge this grill thermometer in water; simply wipe with a damp cloth and towel dry.
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Best for High Heat: Cuisinart Bluetooth Easy Connect Thermometer
Maximum Temperature: 600 degrees | Power Source: AA battery
Right off the bat, the Cuisinart Bluetooth Easy Connect Thermometer impresses as it can withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees, which is significantly higher than most grill thermometers out there. It also makes it possible, and convenient, to monitor your meat from afar with the associated mobile app. Simply set your desired temperature (from a helpful provided list), set your color-coded probes, and wait for the handheld unit to expertly monitor the meat temperature.
The stainless-steel and plastic thermometer also comes with two AA batteries, plus a kickstand that allows for easy-to-read display while using. For storage, home cooks can either tuck the probes and wrap cord around the unit, or use the kickstand to hang the tool from the grill or any wall.
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Best No Frills: GEFU Digital Thermometer
Maximum Temperature: 392 degrees
Crafted of stainless steel and plastic and with an impressive five-year manufacturing warranty, the GEFU Digital Thermometer is a great option for a grilling aid. With a crisp, clear display that can withstand temperatures of minus 40–392 degrees, this will be your new best friend for perfectly cooked meat. The display window is easy to read day or night, and the probe weighs just a pound with dimensions of 11 x 3 x 1 inches. The stainless loop at the end also makes for convenient storage, as this handy tool can be hung for easy access, or simply folded to conserve drawer space.
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Best for a Dinner Party: Soraken Wireless Meat Thermometer
Wireless Range: 100 feet/170 feet | Maximum Temperature: 482 degrees/572 degrees | Power Source: AA battery
The Soraken Wireless Meat Thermometer can monitor up to six pieces of meat from up to 100 feet away indoors and 170 feet away outdoors. This thermometer also includes four color-coded probes that make it easy to perfectly cook your meat, especially since it comes with 11 preset proper temperature ranges using USDA food safety guidelines.
Temperature measurements range from 32–572 degrees, while a magnet allows for easy attachment to metal surfaces so it stays out of the way during the grilling process. A large, bright LED screen makes it convenient to monitor the display, though mobile monitoring is also available. For storage, the probes can be wrapped around the thermometer to save on drawer space.
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The wireless household should grill meats to perfection with the Meater Plus Wireless Meat Thermometer (view at Amazon) which connects to your Wi-Fi and/or your Alexa. For one of the most accurate thermometers trusted by professionals, pick up the Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4 (view at Thermoworks).
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Katy Spratte Joyce has been a prolific home cook and un-fussy foodie for over a decade, and now she’s writing about it for publications like Eating Well, The Spruce Eats, and Simply Recipes. She has undercooked chicken far too many times on the grill and wants to spare you the same dilemma.
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