Is it Done Yet?

meat donenessResearch suggests the color of meat and its juices are not accurate indicators of doneness. Ground beef may turn brown before it has reached the temperature at which bacteria are destroyed.

Preparing hamburger patties and relying on visual signs such as color to determine doneness increases the risk and likelihood of food poisoning.

A hamburger cooked to 160°F (165°F for ground poultry) measured with a food thermometer throughout the patty, is safe — regardless of color.

Source: Food Safety and Inspection Service

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