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Grilling Steaks

Grill Times & Temperatures for Steak

1. Set the Grill Temperature
Thicker steaks require lower heat, and thinner steaks require hotter heat.
Steak Thickness
Ideal Grill Temperature
Heat Indicators
Surface Temperature
1/2 inch thick
Medium‑hot coals barely covered with ash
3 second hand count
425 to 450°F
3/4 to 1 inch thick
Medium coals with light layer of gray ash
4 second hand count
360 to 400°F
3/4 to 1 inch thick
Medium‑low coals with thick layer of grey ash
5 second hand count
325 to 350°F

2. Start Grilling ‑ Grill Times for Steak
Be sure to use tongs to handle steaks, and turn steaks only once halfway through grilling.

Steak
Grill Time & Temperature
Filet Mignon (1 inch thick)
Medium Rare: Grill 4 minutes per side or to 140°F internal temperature
Medium: Grill 7 minutes per side or to 155°F internal temperature
New York Strip (1 inch thick)
Medium Rare: Grill 7 minutes per side or to 140°F internal temperature
Medium: Grill 10 minutes per side or to 155°F internal temperature
Ribeye (1 1/4 inch thick)
Medium Rare: Grill 8 minutes per side or to 140°F internal temperature
Medium: Grill 10 minutes per side or to 155°F internal temperature
Sirloin (1 1/4 inch thick)
Medium Rare: Grill 8 minutes per side or to 140°F internal temperature
Medium: Grill 10 minutes per side or to 155°F internal temperature

3. Check Doneness ‑ Internal Temperature
Remove steaks from the grill when a quick‑response meat thermometer inserted through the side of the steak to its center reads the desired temperature below. To retain juices and reach final temperature, let steaks sit for 2 minutes before cutting.

Steak Doneness
Remove from Grill at this Temperature
Final Cooked Temperature
Rare
130 to 135°F
130 to 140°F
Medium Rare
140°F
145°F
Medium
155°F
160°F
Well Done
165°F
170°F
For more steak grilling tips, visit our cooking tips on how to grill the perfect steak or try the recipes below. Cooking another meat? See our meat temperature guide.

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