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How to Grill the Perfect Steak

Cook the perfect steaks everytime with these easy tips for cooking steak at every temperature.

By: Adriana Funke, Editor, RecipeLion.com
How to Grill the Perfect Steak

Every family seems to have their own secret grilling recipes. Steak recipes may be the most heavily guarded of all of those. From seasoning to the types of coals used, each step is important in grilling the perfect steak. We've compiled the best methods for grilling steak to your family's specifications even if that means everyone wants theirs cooked slightly different. It can be frustrating to grill one rare steak, two well-done steaks, and possibly a piece of chicken. But, luckily, we've found fool-proof ways to grill everyone's steak to their likings. 

No cookout or outdoor party is complete without delicious steaks sizzling on the grill. Give these methods a try the next time you're hosting friends on your patio. Your family and your guests will be impressed with your grilling knowledge — you may even be designated as the new resident grill master!

Grilling Any Steak

Below are the directions for grilling your steaks to perfection from beginning to end, whether you want them rare, medium, or well-done.

  1. Prep the steaks with your favorite seasonings. Kosher salt may work better than other types of salt for this recipe.

  2. Fire up your grill until it's searing hot.

  3. Place the steak on the hottest part of the grill (above the coals) and sear it for 2-3 minutes on both sides.

  4. Move the steak away from the coals and indirectly grill it until it reaches your desired level of doneness.

For Rare Steaks

  1. Rare steaks should only take an additional minute or two of cooking.

  2. Use a meat thermometer to check the steak's internal temperature. Rare steaks should be about 130° F.

For Medium Rare Steaks

  1. Medium rare steaks should take about 5 more minutes to cook.

  2. Check to make sure the internal temperature is about 140° F.

For Medium Steaks

  1. Medium steaks may take an additional 5-7 minutes of grilling.

  2. Check the temperature to make sure the steak is at 145° F.

For Medium Well Steaks

  1. Medium well steaks may need additional 10 minutes on the grill.

  2. Check to make sure the internal temperature is at 150° F.

For Well-Done Steaks

  1. Well-done steaks may need an additional 13 minutes on the grill.

  2. Check the internal temperature to make sure the steak is at 160° F.

Steak Recipes We Love

Now that you've mastered the grill, try these tasty steak recipes anytime you're in the mood for a hearty and decadent meal.

Zesty Margarita Steak

This recipe for Zesty Margarita Steak has all the flavors of a margarita cocktail - tequila, orange, and lime - all infused into a perfect cut of meat. This is a great recipe to bring out for the summer grilling season.

Steak Sliders with Blue Cheese Butter

To put it simply, these Steak Sliders with Blue Cheese Butter and Grilled Mushrooms are completely out of this world.The grilled ribeyes alone are tasty, but when you slice ’em up into a sandwich with blue cheese butter and grilled portabellas, they're next level delicious.

Porcini Rubbed Steak with Sauteed Mushrooms

These steaks have all the elegance of something you'd order at a nice steakhouse without the major price tag. Impress your friends and family next time you host a BBQ with these tasty mushroom steaks.

Grilled Flank Steak Tacos

Grilled Flank Steak Tacos are an easy and delicious way to celebrate warm summer nights on the back porch! 

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I am hoping that this tutorial can help me with my quest of grilling the perfect steak this summer! Beef can be so expensive, so I tend to fell really bad if I overcook my steak. I have mastered the art of seasoning the steak, but will be using the temperature guide to achieve the perfect "doneness." Fingers crossed that I can now impress my fiance with my grilling skills and become a bbq master.

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