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How to Grill a Steak Perfectly Every Time

Updated on July 8, 2011

How to Grill a Steak Depends on How You Like It

Producing a perfectly grilled steak is a talent which takes many people a while to grasp. However, once perfected, there aren't a lot of foods much more enjoyable than a steak grilled exactly how you want it.

Larger steaks need to be grilled with a reduced heat range so that you can avoid the outside of the meat from becoming overdone prior to the center getting done properly. Thin steaks may be grilled with hotter heat since there is reduced chance of the steak becoming overdone.

Prior to even turning on the grill, have a glance at the steaks. If the steaks are 1 inch thick or less, preheat the grill to a high temperature.  With thicker steaks, you should preheat the grill to medium heat. After that, you have to choose how you desire your own steak to be grilled- rare, medium rare, medium, medium well or well done.

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How Long to Grill Steak

Grilling times for steaks that under an inch are about 11 minutes for medium rare and 15 minutes for medium. Adjust steak grilling times for rare, well done steak, et cetera by a couple of minutes up or down, or for thicker steaks.

How to Grill a Steak! Yum! photo: FotoosVanRobin @flickr
How to Grill a Steak! Yum! photo: FotoosVanRobin @flickr

More Grilling Tips for How to Grill a Steak Perfectly

I recommend turning the steak only one time in order to keep the steak from becoming dry and tough. I also suggest starting with room temperature steaks. Let the steaks rest for about 5 minutes or so before serving to get the maximum juiciness.

Should you be grilling a 2 inches or thicker steak and you are also able to create different temperature areas within your barbeque grill, here's a technique to assist you with obtaining the grill marks on steaks and ensuring they remain moist and tender.

To begin with, establish one region of the grill for a higher temperature, and keep the other burners on medium heat.  When the one particular area is very hot, sear both sides of the steak over the high heat for one minute. This creates the grill lines on the steak, and contains most of the steak juices.  Immediately after searing each side, lower the heat in this grilling region and switch the steaks to the medium heat portion of the grill for the rest of the grilling time.

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    • John B Badd profile image

      John B Badd 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Now i am hungry again. Great hub )

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great tips. I have always had a problem with grilling a steak and getting it done just right. I will follow your advice.

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      twogroce 7 years ago

      Sounds delicious, good Hub!!!