Approximate Game Cooking Times

Whole game birds are safe cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. For reasons of personal preference, consumers may choose to cook poultry to higher temperatures. Ground meats and other cuts of game meat should reach 160 °F. Approximate cooking times for use in meal planning are given on the chart below.

TYPE OF GAME ROAST GRILL/FRY
Direct heat
SMOKE
Indirect heat*
BRAISE/STEW
In liquid; covered
GAME BIRDS:
Whole bird, 4 to 6 lbs.
(Do not stuff.)
350°F, 30 to 35 min./lb. Not preferred 2-1/2 hours Not preferred
Breast or parts 350°F, 1 to 1 1/4 hrs. 20 to 40 min. 2 hours 60 to 75 min.
Whole small birds 350°F, 45 min. 30 min. 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. 45 to 60 min.
GAME ANIMALS:
Rib Roast, bone in
     4 to 6 lbs.
325°F, 27 to 30 min./lb. Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Rib Roast, boneless rolled
     4 to 6 lbs.
32 to 38 min./lb. Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Chuck Roast, Brisket
     3 to 4 lbs.
Not recommended Not recommended Several hours 325°F, 2 to 3 hours
Round or Rump Roast
     2 1/2 to 4 lbs.
325°F, 35 to 40 min./lb. 18 to 25 min./lb. 2-1/2 to 3 hours 325°F, 2 to 3 hours
Whole leg (boar, deer)
     6 to 8 lbs.
375°F, 2 hours Not recommended 3 to 4 hours Not recommended
Tenderloin
     whole, 4 to 6 lbs.

     half, 2 to 3 lbs.

425°F, 45 to 60 min. total

425 °F, 45 to 60 min. total

12 to 15 min./side

10 to 12 min./side

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended

Not recommended
Steaks, 3/4-inch thick Not recommended 6 to 7 min./side Not recommended Not recommended
Ground meat patties Not recommended 6 to 8 min./side Not recommended Not applicable
Meat loaf, 1 to 2 lbs 350°F, 60 to 90 min. Not recommended Not recommended Not applicable
Stew or Shank Cross Cuts 1 to 1 1/2-inch thick Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Cover with liquid; simmer 2 to 3 hours
Ribs, 4 inches 375°F, 20 min. 8 to 10 min./side Not recommended Parboil 1 hour; then grill or roast



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* Attribution cited as follows: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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