Top 5 Sand Timers for Grilling

When I started grilling, I used to eyeball the meat, stick a fork in it and sometimes cut it open to see if it was done. Not too smart! I ruined a lot of good meat doing that. The problem is that you release the juices and dry it out. Fish simply falls apart and with chicken you just can't be sure that the inside is done.

I figured I could do this better two ways : using a thermometer or using a timer. I still use both methods. I have found over time that I use a thermometer with thicker cuts and foods that I am not familiar with. The timer is my everyday go to tool for items I am familiar with like salmon and steaks. My favorite timers are the simplest - Sand Timers. These are simple visual tools that keep you on track. After a few beers by the grill you can find yourself guessing if you closed the lid 3 minutes ago or 15.

I selected these 5 timers using the customer reviews and my own preferences, Being an "Amazon's Choice" also carries some weight. Finally, I always look at the reviews to see the recent ones because a good product can change and the new version might not be as good. But these are both simple and relatively low cost so it is hard to go wrong with good sand times.

Dsmile Sand Timers
Dsmile Sand Timers

This set is the lowest cost of the group but still qualified as "Amazon's Choice". My own experience with timers over the years is that if I don't put them too close to the grill they will last one grilling season, maybe more. If you've never used timers, this might be the set for you. For more information on this site about this product, Read Our Review.



EMDMAK Sand Timer
EMDMAK Sand Timer

The different colors make it easy to find your favorite timers. The larger size make them easier for children to use. Also an "Amazon's Choice". Read Our Review.



Swpeet 6 Pack 6 Colors Sand Timer
Swpeet 6 Pack 6 Colors Sand Timer

This is quite similar to the second item. It looks to be a newer version that costs a little less but still has all 6 timers. Read Our Review.



3, 4 and 5 Minute Hourglass Timer
3, 4 and 5 Minute Hourglass Timer

This one is fairly new and is not yet rated as an "Amazon Choice" but it is definitely the most innovative. It has the 3, 4 and 5 minute timers I use most often all together in one package. If I needed a new set today, this would be my choice. Read Our Review.



Lonnom Sand Timer Set 3 Pack
Lonnom Sand Timer Set 3 Pack

This is like sets #2 and #3 but only has 1, 3 and 5 minute timers. Most of my use of timers is in this short range so that works for me. Usually I am simply reminding myself when to check or flip something. If I have a 1 inch or less steak, I don't want to leave it unattended too long. Read Our Review.

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