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Is My Steak Done?

Steak Doneness Finger Test

Overcooked, underdone, and everywhere in between – we’ve all been left wondering “Is my steak done?” Take out the guess work! A meat thermometer is great for large cuts of meat or whole birds, but poking a hole in a steak inevitably leads to precious juices streaming out once the thermometer is removed. So if you would rather not pierce your meat before it is finished cooking we have a solution – The Finger Test!


Turn one of your hands palm up, muscles relaxed and with the index finger from the opposing hand press the meaty part of your palm right below your thumb. Feels really soft doesn’t it? That’s raw. Now put your thumb and index finger together and press on the meaty part of your palm again. It should be a little tighter, but still pretty soft. That’s rare. Repeat the process, touching your thumb to each of your fingers. As you move from index finger to pinky finger the meaty part of your palm should become firmer and firmer. Thumb to middle finger is medium rare, thumb to ring finger is medium and thumb to pinky finger is well done. Simple and no tools required.

Finger Test - Raw


Index finger to open palm of your other hand

Finger Test - Rare


Thumb to index finger

Finger Test - Medium Rare

Medium Rare

Thumb to middle finger

Finger Test - Medium


Thumb to ring finger

Finger Test - Well Done

Well Done

Thumb to pinky finger

Happy Grilling!

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