Learn the simple tricks for how to grill a perfect steak every time, including a guide to steak cuts and a foolproof way to tell when your steak is cooked just right. We're also willing to share some of our favorite grilled steak recipes so you can test out our tips right away.
A great steak starts with good-quality meat. Buy the best meat you can afford from a vendor you trust.
Direct Grilling: For a charcoal grill, place steak on the grill rack directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, to desired doneness, turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place steak on the grill rack over heat. Cover the grill.)
Indirect Grilling: For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above drip pan. Place steak on the grill rack over the drip pan. Cover and grill to desired doneness. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Turn off burners directly below steak.)
When grilled steak just won't cut it, grill filet mignon for a meal that's extra special. Let's face it, this ultra-tender grilled beef deserves to be the star of the show. Follow these instructions for grilling filet mignon:
Grilled flank steak is delicious all on its own, but it can also be a tasty filler for tacos and steak sandwiches. It's best when soaked in a steak marinade before grilling, so be sure not to skip that step in your recipe.
Serving up a New York strip steak might sound fancy, but it's much simpler than you think. Try serving with compound butter and thick-cut fries for a hearty, mouthwatering meal. Follow these instructions for grilling:
Want to know our secret for grilling tri-tip? It's all about the three-step process—start with a dry rub, then baste, and finish by smoking the meat for unbeatable flavors.
For super flavorful rib steaks, don't be shy with your seasoning. Vigorously work your rub into the steak so it forms a thick coat—this way, while your steaks are grilling, the spices will mix with the juice to make a savory, caramelized crust.
The most important part of serving skirt steak actually comes after grilling. Always cut skirt steak thinly against the grain for buttery, tender meat.
Also known as top blade steak, flat iron steaks are very similar to flank steaks. This steak is at its best when you season with a sprinkle of spices and serve with plenty of zippy sauce.
Finding the best steak for grilling starts at the grocery store—follow our guide to choosing a steak to pick the best one. And if you're getting tired of grilling steak, just check out our tips for cooking steak in the oven or smoking food to put a new twist on your grilled beef.