“How long should I grill my steak for?” Ah yes, one of the most common and eternal questions of backyard grillers across this great, big blue world of ours. And a tad bit trickier to answer than most people would suspect.
Why? Because there are so many variables that can affect it.
Slight differences in grill temperature, meat thickness, and a slew of other things can cause a significant difference the time needed from one grilling session to another. So, just because 6 minutes 45 seconds on the dot gave you a medium rare rib eye steak one time doesn’t necessarily mean it will again…
In other words, relying solely on time alone is one of the most unreliable means of determining how done your steak is. Checking the internal temperature with an instant read thermometer is the way to grill it right – it will give you much better results.
That said, this table gives you estimates of you how long to grill a steak . Our recommendation is to use them as a guideline to know when to start using your thermometer to zero in on the perfect steak.
These times are for guidelines for grilling your steak over direct high heat (450-650° F):
Grilling Times for Steaks Based on Chefs' Standards
|Skirt, flank||1-1.5 lbs||2 minutes each side||2.5 minutes each side||3 minutes each side||4 minutes each side|
|Flatiron||2-3 lbs||3 minutes each side||3.5 minutes each side||4 minutes each side||6 minutes each side|
|Filet, center-cut ribeye||1.5 in.||3.5 minutes each side||4 minutes each side||4.5 minutes each side||5 minutes each side|
|1.75 in.||4 minutes each side||4.5 minutes each side||5 minutes each side||5.5 minutes each side|
|2 in.||4.5 minutes each side||5 minutes each side||5.5 minutes each side||6 minutes each side|
|Porterhouse, t-bone, ribeye,|
sirloin strip, shell,
|.75 in.||4.5 minutes each side||5.5 minutes each side||6.5 minutes each side||7.5 minutes each side|
|1 in.||5 minutes each side||6 minutes each side||7 minutes each side||8 minutes each side|
|1.25 in.||5.5 minutes each side||6.5 minutes each side||7.5 minutes each side||8.5 minutes each side|
|1.5 in.||6 minutes each side||7 minutes each side||8 minutes each side||9 minutes each side|
|1.75 in.||6.5 minutes each side||7.5 minutes each side||8.5 minutes each side||9.5 minutes each side|
|2 in.||7 minutes each side||8 minutes||9 minutes each side||10 minutes each side|
When your steaks are finished, let them rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. This is KEY to ensuring most of the juices stay inside the meat instead of running out onto the plate.
Here are a few other important things to keep in mind as well:
First: the more steaks you grill at once, the more these times can vary.
Second: Keep in mind that your steaks will continue to cook after you take them off the grill so it’s best to start check their internal temp with a thermometer a bit before these times are hit…
Third: there’s more to grilling the perfect steak than merely knowing how long to grill it. The type of cut your grilling… how marbled or lean it is… the utensils you use to handle it… even the manner in which you slice it after it’s done can all play a huge role in how juicy, and buttery-soft or dry and rubbery your steak ends up being…
So you may also want to check out the How to Grill Steak page and our 5 Tips for Grilling the Perfect Steak.