Grilled Steak

Cooking the perfect grilled steak in your backyard with your friends and family is a great way to enjoy summer days, also will make you a backyard grill master! Grilled steak is full of flavor and taste and is super easy to make. However, to cook it to perfection, you must keep a few things in mind. Here is everything you need to know about a perfectly cooked grilled steak followed by a simple yet delicious recipe.

The internal temperature of the steak vs. doneness

Now people's preferences for the steak vary greatly. While some like their steak pink in the center, others prefer it completely cooked and brown in the middle. You don't have to cut the steak to check its level of doneness. The doneness of a grilled steak depends on many things like the time you have cooked it and the thickness of the steak, but above all, it depends on the steak's internal temperature. The criteria remain the same, whether you are pan-cooking the steak, oven-cooking it, or grilling it. Here is a simple guide to help you to achieve your desired level of doneness:

  • Rare: The steak is rare when it is cool or fresh red in the center. The internal temperature of a rare steak is 125 degrees F or 52 degrees C.
  • Medium rare: The steak is medium-rare when warm or dull red in the center. The internal temperature of a medium-rare steak is 135 degrees F or 57 degrees C.
  • Medium: The steak is medium when it is warm pink in the center. The internal temperature of a medium steak is 145 degrees F or 63 degrees C.
  • Medium well: For a medium-well steak, the center is slightly pink in the center, while the remaining area is brown. The internal temperature of a medium-well steak is 150 degrees F or 66 degrees C.
  • Well done: A well-done steak has very little to no pinkish color in the center. When you cut into it, you will notice the meat is cooked through and has a brown color. The internal temperature of a well-done steak is 160 degrees F or 71 degrees C.

Tips for making perfect grilled steak

Here are a few simple points that will result in perfectly cooked grilled steak:

  • Season the steak generously. Although the natural flavor of the steak is what people crave, seasoning elevates the flavors of your steak. So, always season the steak generously!
  • If you have refrigerated your steak, make sure you take it out of the refrigerator at least 20 to 30 minutes before grilling. It means the steak should be at room temperature.
  • The grill should be hot! A hot grill means the steak will be in direct contact with the heat, precisely what we want!
  • Always keep an eye on the internal temperature of the steak. Once you remove it from heat, the temperature of the steak will still rise, which means it will continue to cook a little. So, always take the steak off the heat 5 degrees F before the internal temperature you want.
  • Resting the steak is very important to lock in the moisture, juices, and maximum flavor. So, let the steak rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing it!
  • Always use a sharp knife to cut your steak. Make sure you slice it perpendicular to the grain, not parallel.

What sides go well with a grilled steak?

Grilled steak is versatile. So, you can serve it with several sides. In fact, whatever you serve with it will work! Here are a few most widely enjoyed and loved side dishes that go very well with grilled steak:

  • Vegetables: Vegetables and steak go side by side. You can serve it with roasted, baked, or grilled vegetables like potatoes, carrots, asparagus, green beans, Brussel sprouts, or corn on the cob!
  • Mashed potatoes: Fluffy, airy, and delicious mashed potatoes are among the best side dishes with grilled steak.
  • Salads: Serve a steak with your favorite salad. Try Mediterranean chickpea salad, bean salad, fresh garden salad, Greek salad, or creamy potato salad. The choice is yours!
  • Gravy: Pair the steak with roasted vegetables and gravy! It is a complete package.
  • Mac and cheese: Mac and cheese and steak also pair very well. You can also try casseroles and see which one you like the best.

How can you use leftover grilled steak?

Leftover steak? No problem! There is so much you can do with a leftover grilled steak. Here are a few creative ideas:

  • Salad: A humble salad with leafy greens, leftover steak pieces, and a balsamic vinaigrette is simple, tasteful, and healthy!
  • Pasta: You can use the leftover steak by cutting it into pieces and adding it to your favorite pasta recipe.
  • Tacos: Use it in tacos. Top with salsa, guacamole, cabbage, and corn, and enjoy!
  • Stir fry: An Asian-style stir fry with your favorite vegetables and lots of sesame seeds is a perfect way to use leftover steak. It is tasteful and a perfect dinner recipe!
  • Mac and cheese: You can add pieces of the steak to traditional mac and cheese and make it meaty and more tasteful.


60 – 1 tablespoon Hardin’s Seasoning
1 tablespoon each of salt, pepper and garlic.

Garlic Butter

1 stick salted butter
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Hardin’s Seasoning

Preparation method

  1. Season steaks with Salt, pepper and garlic and let steaks rest and come up to room temp before cooking
  2. On a hot grill, Grill steaks approx. 4 minutes a side.
  3. Baste each side with melted garlic butter.
  4. Pull at 128 degrees.
  5. Rest for 10 minutes before slicing.