How can I tell when my hamburger is cooked enough to be safe but not overcooked so it's dry?

To make a moist, tender hamburger that is also safe to eat, use an instant-read meat thermometer and cook it, says the USDA, until it reads 165F degrees. Even experienced chefs need a thermometer to tell when it is cooked to exactly that sweet spot of doneness, because color is not a good indication. USDA research shows that 1 out of 4 burgers is brown before it is cooked to a safe internal temperature.

Watch our video for tips on grilling burgers and see Unique Burger Recipes for recipes.

Recipe: Burgers with Blue Cheese Mayo and Sherry Vidalia Onions

Marge Perry

May 2011