Outdoor grills are undeniably the star of summertime barbecues and cookouts. But if you want to avoid serving overcooked, undercooked, or dried out meat because of incorrect cooking temperatures, you’ll find it best to invest in a grill thermometer as well. While there are ways to tell if your meat is nearly done without bothering with a thermometer, using one allows you to cook your meat precisely until the moment it’s ready without risking the loss of any flavor or juiciness.
If perfecting your grilling game is your goal, a thermometer is an indispensable tool worth having in your kitchen arsenal. Before buying one, ask yourself what kind will suit your needs best. Maybe you prefer probe types for constant monitoring of meat temperature or instant-read options that provide readings in less than seconds. To help you out, we did a bit of rounding up for the grillmasters and found some of the best grill thermometers of 2020 — all of which boast a strong track record of ease of usage, accuracy, and durability.
At A Glance
- Best for quick results:
- Best app-connected:
- Best wireless:
- Best long range:
- Best for smokers:
- Best waterproof:
- Best multipurpose:
Best for quick results: Lava Tools Javelin Folding Thermometer
This simple and straightforward grill thermometer should be in every grillmaster’s toolbox. Whether you prefer fancier versions or not, this one can always be kept on hand as a backup for all kinds of cooking. The Lava Tools Javelin Folding Thermometer takes an ultra high accuracy temperature in only 4 seconds or less, and shows the results in large print on a clear IP65 splash-resistant display. You can also use it for home brewing, oil frying, bread making, and more in addition to grilling out. It comes with a three-year warranty and different vibrant color choices.
Best app-connected: Weber iGrill Mini
This handy grill helper promises accurately grilled meats every time you try with its app-connected thermometer. Just connect the Weber iGrill Mini app and probe, then chill out on the patio as your meat cooks. No worries or continuously checking to make sure it doesn’t burn; the Weber iGrill Mini will send a notification to your phone when your meat reaches its best serving temperature and it’s time to plate it up. The free iGrill Weber Mini app is available on both the App Store and Google Play.
Best wireless: MEATER Plus Smart Meat Thermometer
The Meater Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer can monitor your meat’s temperature with your device within a whopping 165-foot long range. That’s far enough to step inside for a fresh beer, grab a tray of hors d’oeuvres you forgot about, and stroll over to the sun-dappled seating area for a chat with friends — all while your meat quietly sizzles to itself. What’s more? This handy tool also works for the oven, barbecue smoker, and other grilling modalities in need of precision monitoring. Perfect for the relaxing outdoor cooking we all enjoy. Its accompanying app is available free of charge for both iOS and Android.
Best long-range: ThermoPro TP07S Wireless Remote Grill Thermometer
Get your turkey, beef, chicken, or other meats grilled to perfection with the ThermoPro TP07S Wireless Remote Grill Thermometer. This grill thermometer, which extends to even further from the grill than earlier models, works up to a distance of 300 feet. It works in the kitchen monitoring oven as well as BBQ grills and smokers. Ready to use as soon as you put in the batteries, this grill thermometer allows you to monitor both the temperature of the food as well as ambient temperature at the same time. Helpful to those who prefer long smokes, this grill thermometer lets you set your ideal temperature (or a high and low range) and tells you with an alert signal if you’re about to leave that range. It also comes with a kitchen timer that counts up or counts down as you wish. Register yours for up to a three-year warranty.
Best for smokers: Oklahoma Joe’s Temperature Gauge
Oklahoma Joe’s Temperature Gauge is well-made and easy to read, even in the low light of dusk or early mornings. This grill thermometer is primarily for smokers, and fits most of them easily if they have a 13/16 opening. It reads accurately in both Celsius and Fahrenheit, is made of premium stainless steel, and has marks for each temperature you’re monitoring: Smoker, barbecue, grilling, and searing. The Oklahoma Joe’s brand has been on the job making smokers since 1987; and Oklahoma Joe’s Temperature Gauge should fit any of their smokers. If they don’t, make sure to give them a call here.
Best waterproof: Kizen Instant Read Meat Thermometer
Say goodbye to overcooked or undercooked food with this instant-read thermometer from Kizen. This unit takes the guesswork out of cooking meat to help you come up with perfectly cooked pork, chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, or fish every time. It’s accurate to +/-1 degrees with an extensive range of -58 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, complete with a bright and clear LCD screen that lets you see the temperature quickly. Boasting an IP67 waterproof rating, this thermometer can be cleaned under running water without a problem. Its ABS plastic body makes it tough enough to survive accidental drops and other impact mishaps.
Best multipurpose: Rubbermaid Commercial Products Monitoring Thermometer
Made of stainless steel with the highest quality and standards in mind, this Rubbermaid monitoring thermometer is durable enough to endure the rigors of any home or commercial space. The mechanical scale reads in both Celsius and Fahrenheit along with clearly marked increments to facilitate precise temperature readings (range is between 60 and 580 degrees Fahrenheit). Truly versatile, this thermometer can be used in a wide range of applications, including toaster ovens, traditional ovens, smokers, grills, and other heat-based food appliances. Simply hang it from a rack or put it on top of a flat surface to start temperature monitoring.
Now that you have an idea of our favorites, you’ve got a good starting point for your grill thermometer shopping. What kind of grilling will you be doing? Do you think you’ll be smoking your meats or cooking them on the grill, stove, fire outside, etc.? Choose from our highlighted options above to see if you like cooking the way we do — and if you do insert your thermometer into the actual meat itself, make sure it goes into the most central part. This will give you the most accurate temperature and ensure you aren’t missing the thickest part in the middle, where it can often remain cold and uncooked if not properly checked. Happy grilling!
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