Are you looking for a beef grilling guide that can help you serve up some better beef?
As a beef cow producer, master of beef advocacy and a Team Beef Kansas runner, you can probably guess that I LOVE beef! There’s several different ways to cook delicious beef but my favorite is probably on the grill.
I find grilling beef not only to be the most delicious way, but also the easiest and most enjoyable way to cook it. Grilling not only prepares meat to eat, but it is happiness on a hot summer night with your favorite people outside with you around the grill.
So, if you’re wanting to make sure you have all the things it takes to become “The Grillmaster Extraordinaire,” you’ve come to the right place.
In this post:
- The ultimate beef grilling guide for tastier and healthier steaks and burgers.
- The best temperature and timing for grilling beef
- Also, the best beef cuts for grilling you’re going to want to know about.
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Beef Grilling Guide: What Type of Grill is Best?
The first question to ask: Charcoal vs. Gas grilling? There’s a couple of differences between the two types of grills:
- The taste in the final product. Many people actually prefer the “Charcoal” taste. My dad is one of those people.
- Method of heat source. Gas grills use propane and charcoal grills use…well…charcoal!
Propane is not difficult to purchase or fill if you run out. We actually fill ours at Tractor Supply or any local gas station that does it.
My opinion on the two? Well, I’ve owned several different grills – both charcoal and gas. Charcoal usually takes longer to heat up but cooks up the meat faster. Weber grills have always been the brand of choice when it comes to grills of all kinds.
I like how quickly gas grills are ready for grilling for convenience. However, charcoal grills do make beef taste amazing. And that’s what I’m using right now is a Weber Charcoal grill.
Using The Right Seasonings
You should definitely marinade or season any steaks or burgers before grilling. There are a ton of great recipes out in the world for yummy marinades for beef.
The possibilities are endless!
The right seasoning highly depends on the spices and liquids you prefer. Typically, for marinades, you would want to let the beef soak in the marinade the night before to absorb all the juiciness. To shop around for ideas for rubs and marinades, follow my Tasty Marinades for Beef Pinterest Board
The Right Equipment for Grilling Beef
We’ve already talked about grills but what else do you need to become “Grill Master?”
Here’s a list of equipment we have on hand for grilling burgers and steaks:
- Brush for Cleaning
- Hot Plate
- BBQ Grill Mats
- Grilling Mits
- Meat Thermometer
- Grill Light for Night Time Grilling
Temperature and Timing for Grilling Beef
I usually don’t plan on a specific time for beef to be done cooking. I simply cook beef to a specific temperature.
Using my trusty meat thermometer, I prefer to go by the internal temperature of the meat for whatever I’m cooking. There are some recommended ranges for grilling up the best grilling beef cuts to a medium temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit:
- Hamburgers: 7-10 minutes
- Tenderloin Steak: Depending on Thickness, 7-20 minutes.
- Ribeye Steak: Depending on Bone-in or Boneless and thickness, 7-25 minutes.
- T-Bone: Depending on Thickness, 8-25 minutes.
- Flank Steak: 11-21 minutes.
- Flat Iron: 10-16 minutes.
- Porterhouse: Depending on Thickness, 8-25 minutes.
- Strip Steak: Depending on thickness, 7-15 minutes.
- Top Sirloin: Depending on thickness, 7-30 minutes.
Remember that the type of grill matters on the time it takes for the meat to reach doneness. Also, thickness of the cut must be factored in. Most cuts are either 3/4 inch or 1 inch or 1-1/2 inches thick.
Don’t stress about this. Have your meat thermometer on hand to check the internal temperature and you’ll be cooking beef safely.
Best Beef Cuts for Grilling
I mentioned them briefly above, but here they are again along with some recipes:
- Ribeye – Here’s my recipe for grilled ribeye
- Porterhouse – Similar to T-Bone.
- Ground Beef – Here’s my recipe for hand-crafted juicy grilled hamburgers
- T-Bone – Similar to Porterhouse. – I share my best recipe for T-Bone Steaks here
- Flank Steak – Best when Marinated.
- Flat Iron
- Top Sirloin
Most majority of these steaks are taken from the loin of a beef animal. The loin size and Rib Eye Area is one of the selection factors we take into consideration when choosing breeding stock for our beef cow herd. We are thinking big, thick juicy steak even before we breed for it!
But is beef really that good for you? Read on, and I’ll tell you!
How Good for You is Beef?
Many health professionals will tell you that beef is not good for you. It increases high cholesterol. It causes cancer.
But doesn’t everything cause cancer? I’m not sure about that as truth, but here’s what I am sure of.
Research does show that including lean beef have improved cholesterol levels. It improves heart health and lifestyle. And a 3-oz serving of lean beef provides half the daily value of protein needed to help you keep control of your appetite!
So, if you go to the doctor, many of them will tell you to cut back on it or even cut it out of your diet. But before you do, you need to know the good things about beef, too.
Beef has 10 essential nutrients that can help provide you with great nutrition. Among these 10 are high protein, Iron and B-Vitamins. Beef can truly be a great part of any healthy diet.
Read more about the Top 10 nutrients in Beef here
Grilling Beef is Happiness
I’ve provided you with some information for happy and healthy grilling.
But, I can honestly tell you that grilling just isn’t the same without a friend or two keeping you company. Getting a bunch of your favorite people together for a backyard party is one of those awesome rural traditions we love to celebrate.
Are you in need of games for your celebration? Check out these 9 DIY Games for all ages!
Beef on the grill is a great way to bring people together. Especially if your guests know it’s going to be cooked to perfection safely and deliciously. I hope this beef grilling guide helped you to become the Grill Master you desire to become.
You now know some the right temperature (160 degrees F.) and a good set of temperature ranges for temperature and timing for grilling beef. And you know the best beef cuts for grilling that will keep your peeps coming back for more.
~ Much Love ~
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