Temperature Chart For Beef Tenderloin (Printable)

Top down view of a smoked beef tenderloin roast cut into 5 medallions. Served alongside baby potatoes and horseradish sauce on a black cat iron pan.

Are you cooking beef tenderloin and unsure of the ideal cooking temperature? Allow my Temperature Chart For Beef Tenderloin to assist you! This free downloadable guide will simplify the process of making beef tenderloin, ensuring you can effortlessly cook your roast to perfection.

Temperature Chart For Beef Tenderloin

Here are the internal temp of beef tenderloin to go by when making any beef tenderloin recipe, including this popular Smoked Beef Tenderloin. Please keep in mind these temperatures are in Fahrenheit. If you need celsius, you can quickly and easily calculate the conversion online.

Make sure to download the free printable I made for quick reference: Temperature Chart For Beef Tenderloin.

Beef Tenderloin DonenessInternal Temperature (°F)
Medium Rare130-134°F
Medium Well145-154°F
Well Done155-164°F
Sliced beef tenderloin for Temperature Chart for Beef Tenderloin article.

Internal Temperature of Beef Tenderloin

When preparing beef tenderloin, cook it based on the internal temperature and not total time. The beef should be removed from the heating element a few degrees before your desired doneness is reached, as the temperature will continue to rise while the beef rests.

The most popular temperature of beef tenderloin is medium rare. At this temp (130-134°F) the beef tenderloin roast has a bright red center, pink edges and is warm throughout. It’s like biting into butter.

Safety Tip – The USDA recommends a minimum internal temperature of 145°F.

Cut Beef Wellington Recipe on a cutting board.


The above temperature chart for beef tenderloin applies to the following cuts, which are just other names for the same cut or variations of the same cut:

  • Chateaubriand
  • Filet Mignon Steak
  • Filet Mignon Roast
  • Butt Tenderloin
  • Full Tenderloin Roast

Visual Guidelines

Not sure what doneness to cook to? Here’s a visual guide to help you select your ideal internal temperature for beef tenderloin:

  • Rare:  Bright red center, lukewarm
  • Medium Rare: Bright red center, pink edges, warm
  • Medium: Pink and warm throughout
  • Medium Well: Slightly pink center and warm throughout
  • Well Done: Very little pink
5 meat forks showing the variety of steak doneness levels for a beef temperature chart.

Cooking Time For Beef Tenderloin

Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness, weight and cooking method. Be sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure accurate readings.


Here are some helpful tips to ensure your dishes are cooked to perfection every time:

  • Allow your roast to sit at room temp for about 30 minutes before cooking. This will help the meat cook more evenly.
  • Allow your cooked beef tenderloin to rest for at least 10-15 minutes before slicing. This helps the juices redistribute.
  • It’s important to use a digital thermometer to measure the internal temp as it cooks. My favorite brand: Thermaworks Dot.
Uncooked beef roast with dry brine ingredients including oil, garlic, pepper and salt. All are sitting on a black cutting board.

Related Recipes

As mentioned, you can use this guide for any cooking method! Here’s a few beef tenderloin recipes to check out:

Don’t forget the Horseradish Sauce for Beef Tenderloin or Horseradish for Prime Rib!

Beef Tenderloin Temperature Chart Printable

Make sure to download the free printable I made for quick reference: Temperature Chart For Beef Tenderloin. Even 1-2 degrees can be the difference between a perfect roast or just a “good” one.

Multiple raw beef steaks for Best steak for grilling article.

More Temperature Charts

In addition to this beef tenderloin temperature chart, we have a whole catalogue for you to reference and download to make all your proteins perfect.

Tri Tip Temperature Chart
Filet Mignon Temperature Chart
Beef Temperature Chart
Temperature Chart For Prime Rib
Temperature Chart For Steak
Lamb Temperature Chart
Griddle Cooking Temperature Chart

We’re here to help make your special occasion less stressful! Feel free to leave a comment below with any questions you may have!

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