Where to Put the Thermometer in Turkey

by Joost Nusselder | Last Updated:  June 24, 2021

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When Turkey time comes, you will not frustrate to your friend and family if you have a nice perfect turkey cooked in your hand.

But what an ideal turkey cooked if you have no idea or a beginner you will never know what exactly is, so turkey thermometer is essential for to do this job and tell you what exactly the perfect turkey.

But wait!!

You will not ask how to use it properly and where to put thermometer in turkey, right? Don’t worry; you will have a perfect turkey time for sure, stay tuned.


You don’t really need to be a cooking pro or an expert at using the meat thermometer. In fact, it’s so easy to use.

How to use a meat thermometer

  1. Make Sure the Thermometer is Placed Properly
    To achieve the most accurate temperature reading, make sure you place the thermometer at the right place, which should be at the thickest portion of the chicken breast meat and far from the bones and fats.Remember that what you’re trying to look for is the lowest possible temperature, which is the most accurate reading for the meat’s overall internal temperature.Most thermometers require that you place the probe at least half an inch to the meat. This is usually the case for some brand of thermometers. However, if the meat is more than one inch thicker, then you need to go deeper than half an inch in order to reach the core.
  2. Check the Temperature Regularly
    For the bigger roast, try to check temperature about 30 minutes before it’s expected to be cooked. If you’re cooking thinner and smaller cuts, start checking the meat around 5-10 minutes ahead of its expected cooking time. In order to achieve the proper doneness of the meat, aim for what’s stated on the recipe that you are following.Remember that the meat will continue to cook even after it’s taken out of the oven. This is not really a big factor for smaller cuts, such as slices of chickens or turkeys. However, for larger roasts of lamb, beef, pork, and veal, they should be taken out of the heat as soon as their temperature reaches 5 degrees less than the temperature recommended on the recipe.

How to read a meat thermometer

we will show you how to read two types of meat thermometers:

  1. Oven-Going Meat Thermometer
    Using oven-going meat thermometer is easy. You simply have to insert the thermometer at least two inches into the center of the uncooked meat’s thickest portion or on the largest muscle. Make sure that the device doesn’t touch any bone or fat. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an inaccurate reading. When the meat reaches the desired temperature or the temperature stated in the recipe, simply push the device a little more.
  2. Instant-Read Meat Thermometer
    There are two types of instant-read thermometer, the digital and dial type. These thermometers are inserted when the meat is already out of the oven and will immediately provide an instant reading, thus, the name.


    • Digital Instant-Read Thermometer
      For digital instant-read meat thermometer, the probe has to be inserted to at least half an inch of the meat. In only ten seconds, the temperature will immediately provide a temperature reading. This kind of thermometer is ideally used in checking the doneness of bigger cuts including the thinner ones, such as steaks, chops, and burgers. This thermometer must not be left into the meat while it’s being cooked.
    • Dial Instant-Read Thermometer
      For the dial instant-read thermometer, it has to be inserted about two inches into the meat. When cooking thinner foods like chops and burgers, insert the probe on the side of the meat cut in order to get accurate readings. In only 15 to 20 seconds, the thermometer will immediately register the reading. Again, inserting the thermometer while the meat is being cooked is not recommended.How-to-read-a-meat-thermometer

Now you know how to use and read them so let try to stab on your turkey

Where to put thermometer in turkey

Best place to put thermometer in is the high portion of the thigh muscle that closest the body make sure that don’t touch the bone if you put it on the bone you will not have an accurate temp. When the turkey it’s done will read internal temp 165°F that it the temp you’re looking for the perfect turkey juicy delicious for Thanksgiving or special occasion.


The meat thermometer is an extremely useful tool in your kitchen. It is what you will use to check the doneness of the meat and ensure that it’s perfectly cooked. In fact, any expert cook will tell you that using the meat thermometer is the only way to determine if the food is already safe for consumption accurately. Furthermore, the thermometer can help to minimize overcooking or undercooking meat.

Is Turkey done at 165 or 180?


Turkey is done at 165°F. Unfortunately, many people still confused that from now don’t hesitate to reach your internal turkey temp to 165°F and take it out from the oven, grill, or whatever method. thanks, https://www.foodsafety.gov for the table

Where do you take temp of Turkey?

The high portion of the thigh muscle that closest the body you will read the accurate temp from that part of the turkey. When the meat thermometer reach at 165°F, your turkey is done take it out

Do you leave the meat thermometer in while cooking turkey?

No, I don’t. You shouldn’t leave a meat thermometer in the turkey cause metal in the probe conduct heat into the turkey this fact will end up with giving you a false reading. If you want to leave it in should double check the temp with an instant thermometer

How Do You Calibrate a Good Cook Thermometer?

Calibrating a thermometer will only require a few minutes of your time and here’s how to do it:

  1. Get a glass and fill it with ice. Then pour cold water over it.
  2. Stir the water with ice and leave it for three minutes.
  3. After three minutes, stir again and insert the meat thermometer into the glass. Make sure that it doesn’t touch any of the sides.
  4. The recommended temperature at this point should be 32 degrees. Record and compare the differences to determine if your thermometer is accurately displaying the temperature.

How to Read an Oven Thermometer?

When using an oven thermometer, place it right in the center of the rack where the meat is placed. This is the recommended placement for the thermometer in order to provide an accurate reading. Furthermore, this helps to ensure that the thermometer is able to read the oven’s temperature where the meat is being cooked. Most of these thermometers come with a hook that you can conveniently hang on the oven rack.

How to Use a Farberware Meat Thermometer?

If you have the Farberware meat thermometer, here are the steps on how to use this device.

  1. Thaw the meat or poultry before placing the thermometer, except for ground meats.
  2. Preheat the oven.
  3. Attach the thermometer to the meat and place it on the thickest portion. The stem must be inserted to at least an inch into the poultry or meat but they must not touch the gristle or bone.
  4. When you place the meat on the oven, position it in such a way that you can easily read the thermometer.
  5. When the desired temperature range is reached, remove the meat or poultry from the oven.

Is It Okay to Leave the Thermometer in the Meat While Being Cooked?

Certain thermometers can be attached to the meat while cooking. But this is not the case for digital thermometers that are “instant read.” This type of thermometer only registers temperature when you place it on the meat. Insert the thermometer at least half an inch into the meat. In only 10 seconds, the thermometer will immediately register the temperature reading. It must not be left in the meat while it is cooking.

How to Properly Use a Food Thermometer?

Ideally, the thermometer should be inserted on the meat’s thickest part and must not touch the fat, bone, and gristle. Start checking the temperature at the end of the cooking time, right before the meat is cooked.

How Do I Know When My Meat is Cooked?

You can do the finger test in order to find out if the meat is cooked.

How Do You Use a Meat Polder Thermometer?

The Meat Polder is the type of thermometer that must be inserted on the meat while cooking.
Here’s how to use it.

  1. Refer to the thermometer’s battery compartment to insert the batteries.
  2. Set the thermometer’s temperature according to the meat that you plan on roasting.
  3. Insert the probe thermometer to about 2 inches into the middle of the meat and make sure the probe doesn’t touch the meat’s gristle or bone.
  4. Place the meat on the oven while the thermometer is in it.
  5. Closely monitor the meat while it’s roasting. The display of the thermometer will register the temperature reading as it rises.
  6. Once the meat reaches the desired temperature, the thermometer will start beeping and that’s when you take the meat out.

Related : How To Smoke a Turkey On a Pellet Grill

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Lakeside Smokers is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with BBQ Smoking (& Japanese food!) at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.