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Direct-Grilling Meat

Cook your favorite meats over the grill and enjoy!

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Follow these tips while grilling your favorite meats.

For a charcoal grill, place meat on grill rack directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, for the time given below or to desired doneness, turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place meat on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above). Test for doneness using a meat thermometer.

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Cut Thickness/ Weight Grilling Temperatures Approximate Direct-Grilling Time Doneness
Beef
Boneless steak (ribeye, tenderloin, top loin) 1 inch Medium 11 to 15 minutes
14 to 18 minutes
145 degrees F medium rare
160 degrees F medium
Boneless steak (ribeye, tenderloin, top loin) 1-1/2 inches Medium 15 to 19 minutes
18 to 23 minutes
145 degrees F medium rare
160 degrees F medium
Boneless top sirloin steak 1 inch Medium 14 to 18 minutes
18 to 22 minutes
145 degrees F medium rare
160 degrees F medium
Boneless top sirloin steak 1-1/2 inches Medium 20 to 24 minutes
24 to 28 minutes
145 degrees F medium rare
160 degrees F medium
Boneless tri-tip steak (bottom sirloin) 3/4 inch Medium 9 to 11 minutes
11 to 13 minutes
145 degrees F medium rare
160 degrees F medium
Boneless tri-tip steak (bottom sirloin) 1 inch Medium 13 to 15 minutes
15 to 17 minutes
145 degrees F medium rare
160 degrees F medium
Flank steak 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 pounds Medium 17 to 21 minutes 160 degrees F medium
Steak with bone (porterhouse, rib, T-bone) 1 inch Medium 11 to 14 minutes
13 to 16 minutes
145 degrees F medium rare
160 degrees F medium
Steak with bone (porterhouse, rib, T-bone) 1-1/2 inches Medium 18 to 21 minutes
22 to 25 minutes
145 degrees F medium rare
160 degrees F medium
Ground Meat
Patties (beef, lamb, pork, or veal) 1/2 inch Medium 10 to 13 minutes 160 degrees F medium
Patties (beef, lamb, pork, or veal) 3/4 inch Medium 14 to 18 minutes 160 degrees F medium
Lamb
Chop (loin or rib) 1 inch Medium 12 to 14 minutes
15 to 17 minutes
145 degrees F medium rare
160 degrees F medium
Chop (sirloin) 3/4 to 1 inch Medium 14 to 17 minutes 160 degrees F medium
Pork
Chop with bone (loin or rib) 3/4 to 1 inch Medium 11 to 14 minutes 160 degrees F medium
Chop with bone (loin or rib) 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches Medium 18 to 22 minutes 160 degrees F medium
Chop (boneless top loin) 3/4 to 1 inch Medium 12 to 15 minutes 160 degrees F medium
Chop (boneless top loin) 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches Medium 17 to 21 minutes 160 degrees F medium
Sausages, cooked   Medium 3 to 7 minutes Heated through
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