Classic Grilled Steaks

Steaks on the grill, fresh salad from the garden - it's the ultimate pairing for any backyard gathering large or small. Use this basic, no-fail recipe to craft the perfect steak dinner on the grill every time.

15 mins

Cooking Directions

Sprinkle the steaks liberally with salt and pepper or season with your favorite herb or spice rub.


Bring the steaks to room temperature while you prepare the grill. Heat the grill so that one-half is hot and the other half is just warm.


Lay the steaks on the hot half of the grill, and sear until well-browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn, sear until well-browned, and move them to the warm side of the grill. Grill them 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until they've reached the desired doneness (120°F for rare, 135°F for medium). To gauge the temperature, insert a meat thermometer into the side of the meat rather than the top, being sure not to get close to any bones.


When the steaks have reached the right temperature, remove from the grill, tent with foil, and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.


Source:  Hayes, Shannon. "Classic Grilled Steaks." The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook:  Healthy Cooking and Good Living with Pasture-Raised Foods. New Jersey: Eating Fresh Publications, 2004. 38. Print.

2 steaks, preferably 1 1/2 inches thick (Ribeyes, New York strips, flat irons, and sirloin steaks will also work well prepared this way)

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper or herb rub