The 7 Best Grill Thermometers in 2022

Ensure perfectly cooked grilled meats every time

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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. "Not knowing the internal temperature of food can be very dangerous, as food-borne pathogens can be present until cooked to a certain temperature," says Jessica Randhawa the recipe developer behind The Forked Spoon. "I always have a grill thermometer handy for all my family's grilling and smoking to ensure that the internal temperature is perfect for the recipe I am making."

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. 

The Rundown
It works over Bluetooth for a range up to 165 feet and you can extend the range by connecting it to your Wi-Fi or your Alexa.
It’s waterproof and backlit for nighttime use, with a patented auto-rotating display to make grilling even more hassle-free.
It harnesses the power of technology and makes grilling a breeze, with a sensor that triggers a cell phone alert.
This water-resistant tool unfolds, so that the probe can monitor the meat inside your grill while the display attaches outside.
It makes it possible, and convenient, to monitor your meat from afar with the associated mobile app.
The stainless loop at the end also makes for convenient storage, as this handy tool can be hung for easy access, or simply folded.
This thermometer also includes four color-coded probes that make it easy to perfectly cook your meat.

Best Overall, Wireless: MEATER Plus Wireless Smart Thermometer

MEATER Plus Wireless Smart 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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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Final Verdict

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).

What to Look for When Buying a Grill Thermometer

Probe Length

Probe lengths on grill thermometers vary significantly, so you’ll want to take your grilling preferences into consideration before choosing your thermometer. Shorter probes work well for thin cuts of meat, but if you regularly cook thicker cuts, like a porterhouse, a thermometer with a probe that’s at least 5 inches long will allow you to get the most accurate temperature reading.

Temperature Range

For standard grill thermometers, a temperature range that goes up to 482 degrees is expected, and that range will provide readings that apply to the vast majority of grilled meats. Some simple, and budget-friendly, models will have a lower maximum temperature, so if you need a thermometer that can function in hotter environments, then these versions likely won’t work for you. Also, if you want to use your thermometer under very high temperatures of 500 degrees or more, investing in a thermometer specially designed for those extremes, like the Cuisinart Bluetooth Easy Connect Thermometer, makes sense.

Special Features

Grill thermometers can be very streamlined and simple, but some models include features that enhance the grilling experience. Examples range from Bluetooth connectivity with apps that allow you to remotely monitor your grilling, long-term battery life, digital displays, and kickstands for easy grill attachment.

FAQs

How do you calibrate a grill thermometer?

Calibrating a grill thermometer is an essential step for achieving the most accurate temperature readings. Luckily, it’s a very easy process. You can either place the probe in a pot of boiling water and check to see if it registers a boiling temperature (212 degrees Fahrenheit, with some possible variations depending on elevation), or you can place the probe in a container of ice water to see if it registers a temperature at the freezing point (32 degrees Fahrenheit).

Should you wipe a thermometer in between taking temperature readings on a piece of meat?

When you’re working with meat that isn’t fully cooked, cleaning the grill thermometer after every use is a safe and hygienic choice. A quick wash in hot, soapy water and thorough drying with a clean kitchen towel will do the trick.

Why Trust Simply Recipes?

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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