How to Grill Steak

Although grilling steak may make you feel like you need to be pro with the BBQ, it’s easier than you think. Here’s how to make a steak your guests will devour.

The Art of Marinade: Marinades are used to flavor meat and help make it more tender. They are typically made with some kind of oil (olive oil or grapeseed for example) an acid, such as balsamic vinegar or even beer or yogurt, your choice of flavoring such as herbs and garlic, Worcestershire or sriracha sauce, and then salt. You’ll want 1/2 cup of marinade per pound of steak. Let oil carry the marinade, the acid should run a bit less than the oil. Soak meat in a marinade for an hour or two before cooking.


Sauces: You can use BBQ sauce when cooking steak, but if it is sugar based you should not put it on until near the end of cooking as sugar burns easily.


Grilling Steak: Turn grill onto medium-high heat. Brush steaks lightly with olive oil. Cook steaks for 4 to 5 minutes on the first side. Then flip.

  • For medium rare, cook an additional 3-5 minutes on the other side, until the steak reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • For medium, cook an additional 5-7 minutes until steak reaches j140-145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • For medium well, cook another 8-10 minutes or until steak reaches an internal temp of 150 degrees Fahrenheit.


Another option is to sear the steak on high heat for approximately 2 to 3 minutes a side and then reduce the heat to medium and cook for additional minutes , approximately 4 to 10 minutes depending on desired crookedness. Flip the steak again part way through. Use the meat thermometer to determine when it’s done to your liking.


For perfect grill marks: Turn grill onto medium-high heat. Brush steaks lightly with olive oil or whatever marinade you’ve used.  For medium rare steaks cook for 2 minutes and then rotate steaks 90 degrees. Cook for another 2 minutes. Flip steaks and do the same on the other side, cooking for 2 minutes and then rotating and cooking for another 2 minutes.


The Finger Test: There are different ways to use your hand to see if a steak is done. If the steak feels like the ball of the palm of your hand, it’s a sign it’s ready. Or, a medium rare steak should feel the same as when you touch your thumb to the tip of your middle finger. Medium well may feel similar to when you touch your thumb to the tip of your ring finger. When in doubt, find yourself a meat thermometer.

Let it rest: Be sure to let your steak rest for at least 5 minutes after it’s cooked. This is what makes for a juicy steak. As you grill, moisture ends up pooling in the center of the meat. When you let the steak rest after cooking, the moisture redistributes itself throughout the meat.

Steak Marinade

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning


Steak seasoning

Use this seasoning in the marinade or as a dry rub.

(Double the recipe to have on hand as an easy spice mix for other meat dishes)

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 -1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander
  • 1/2 tablespoon dill


  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Mix garlic salt and black pepper together in a bowl. Pat steaks dry and rub salt and pepper mix into all sides of the steak.