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Question #89389 posted on 04/18/2017 3:20 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why do some people like burger and steak that isn't fully cooked?

-always well done


Dear You just need to see the light,

Alright, I'll admit that I don't like underdone burger (if it's ground anything, it should be fully cooked), but rare steaks are amazingly delicious. Seriously, they have so much more flavor, and are so juicy--'tis wonderful.

I've actually had beef before that was only just cooked around the edges, so everything else was still crimson. It was pretty good, though I do normally prefer my meat a bit more cooked than that.



Dear You're doing it wrong,

Like Anathema, I prefer burgers well done (or at least medium well), and for the same reason: ground meat has been exposed to bacteria all the way through, so it should be heated enough to kill them.

However, in regards to steak, what does fully cooked even mean? At what point is it too cooked? For example, the USDA recommends that whole muscle meat (except poultry) be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F. That's right around medium, slightly to the medium well side. So really, you're the one overcooking your steak. In my opinion, a well-done steak is just as bad as a burnt steak.

Medium steaks are okay, but I prefer medium rare. There's a slightly higher risk of food-borne illness, but that risk is worth it to me, because that's where the peak juiciness and flavor is.

-The Entomophagist


Dear you,

Because well done meat is an abomination.




Dear friend,

Dunno. Everyone talks about different degrees of cooking meat, but I don't get it and didn't know that was a thing until adulthood. I grew up with a hypochondriac mom who cooked everything completely and basically drilled into my head, "If you eat chicken or beef that is even slightly pink, you will die." She's also a health nut, though, so we never actually ate steak (nor have I had it... it sounds good though). Mostly turkey burgers. It seems like it's also just a beef thing to undercook it.

So apparently you won't die if you eat rare meat. I can say that much. Maybe that's the appeal. Food that doesn't make you die is the best food. It's like Russian roulette without the bullets.

-Van Goff


Dear Entomophagist,

Can I just say how incredibly good it feels to have my meat preferences validated by the science you shared?

Thanks, science. You're the best.

-Frère Rubik


Dear everyone:

I once wrote a book about this very topic describing an entire category of meats at all levels of doneness. Don't worry, it's short.

Steak: Not Actually That Good

Read it, learn it, and take heed. 

--Ardilla Unpopular


Dear you,

A steak without pink in it is a ruined steak.



Dear person,

Steak is the most overrated food ever. I'm with Ardilla.