What Should the Internal Temperature of Meatloaf Be Before You Serve It?

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Meatloaf made from ground beef or ground pork should reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit before serving. Recipes using ground turkey are safe to eat after reaching 165 degrees F.

Although some people enjoy beef products cooked to lower temperatures, such as 145 F for medium-rare, safety guidelines dictate meatloaf made from ground beef should reach 160 F prior to eating. The less common veal and lamb meatloaf recipes also call for an internal temperature of 160 F. The majority of culinary professionals recommend using an instant-read thermometer because meat can go from being perfectly done to overcooked in just a few seconds.