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Why grill thermometer reviews? Because a thermometer for your grill temperature and internal temperature in your meat can improve the quality of your cooking.

Besides that, it can prevent foodborne Illness by cooking to the right internal temperature.

The right digital meat or probe thermometer can improve your grilling

We all spend most of the time a lot of money on a nice grill, smoker, or BBQ and another big chunk of money on quality meat and then start cooking.

A quality grill thermometer is not an accessory it is almost a necessary

Thermometers for grilling

Grilling or smoking without knowing the right temperature is driving your car without a speedometer. Your driving, but got no idea how fast.
Cooking without a thermometer is almost the same. You are cooking, but got no idea how fast.

  • higher temperature means a shorter cooking time or maybe even under-cooked food.
  • A lower temperature means that you have to cook longer and the meat might dry out.
grill thermometer reviews

I know that many of the better brand grills come with some kind of built-in thermometer either in the hood or in some more upscale grills on the grate level.

Those thermometers are most of the time, not the best quality, and most of the time also not placed in the right place. So, I consider them not to be the best grill thermometer.

Some of the better brand pellet grills come with at least one and in some cases two probes that measure the temperature.

We will review the following digital thermometers and you can click on the links.

Digital Pocket Thermometers

Pocket thermometers

Digital Probe Thermometers

Digital Probe Thermometer reviews

Where do we need a thermometer on the grill


When we are grilling or smoking there are two temperatures we should monitor.

  • Temperature on the grate level
  • Temperature internal in your meat

To be honest, if I had to choose (and don’t we all?) I would go for the temperature on the grate level first and buy a quality thermometer for that. Some people are too obsessed with the temperature in their grill.

I probably have a lot of people who don’t agree with me and say that they are both equally important, and I guess they are right, but I am talking about making a choice.
I rather know what temperature I am cooking at and guess the time I have to cook than know the internal temperature and got no idea how the outside of my meat will look.

What are the best grill thermometers?


There are a few qualifications a thermometer should have.

  • Accurate reading

This is of course one of the most important things. A bad reading is about just as bad as no reading at all.

  • Speed of reading

This is important for any handheld thermometer because you open the lid of your grill to check the internal temperature and your grill will loos its temperature fast.
A reading speed of half a second is great.
With this reading speed, you have time to measure the temperature on several spots.

    • Length of the used probe

Very important for larger cuts of meat like a Boston but or big ham.

    • Water resistant and easy to clean

This is a no-brainer and I think it does not need any explanation.

Where to place a grill and meat thermometer

  • Temperature on the grate level
  • Temperature internal in your meat

What grill thermometer should I buy

To be honest, if I had to choose (and don’t we all?) I would go for the temperature on the grate level first and buy a quality thermometer for that. Some people are too obsessed with the temperature in their grill.

The Best Choice would be a dual probe digital thermometer or 2 separate thermometers.
One, like I mentioned 2″ above the grill grate and the other in the meat you are cooking to check the internal temperature.

After doing the grill thermometer reviews I advise you to have a look at the Maverick Thermometers here is a link to Amazon, because I think they have the best prices and customer service.
Click here for all Maverick Thermometers

How do you know if a thermometer is accurate?

What is a grill thermometer review without telling you how to calibrate it?

The easiest way to test this is to calibrate it in ice water and let it sit in there for a minute. After this, the reading should be 32 degrees or at least very close to that.

The next step is to take boiling water and submerged it for a minute again. The reading should be 212 degrees or at least very close.

I will be writing more grill thermometer reviews and be more specific about brands and features as soon as we are done with our research.

Eddie van Aken

Eddie van Aken has years of experience in running his full-service restaurant and with this came working with using and dealing with all types of kitchen equipment. With his experience, he is able to find all the pros and cons of grills and add them to the grill reviews he is doing. You can read more on the about page for Eddie van Aken

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