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What Temperature to Cook Steak

What temperature to cook steak + a free printable steak grilling chart. Now you can cook your protein to just the right doneness for you. Refer to these steak temperatures and have a thermometer handy when you smoke, grill or cook your meat on the stovetop.

steak grilling chart

Need to know what temperature to cook steak and a chart you can keep handy on your refrigerator? Here it is y’all!! We have lots of free printables here on The Typical Mom because I love them and it’s always fun to share with others.

What are the temperatures for steak?

That is what I wondered the more and more I cooked this popular protein. I didn’t want to look it up again and again anymore so I thought I’d create something we could all print out. Now I get perfect cooking every time.

First you’re going to need this instant read thermometer as far as kitchen equipment goes. A bit of foil is good to have on top when allowing steaks to rest. You don’t want to skip that step for sure.

Let me share a few more tips, then you can download the chart at the bottom of this post. 😉

meat thermometer

Are you a big fan of red meat but not super confident how to get it just like you want it to be inside? I was too for a while and just dug in to get it down pat. Now that it is warmer it’s all about grilling and easy smoker recipes.

If you have a Traeger too you can do both, grill and smoke meats. These temps are important to have for any cooking method, doesn’t matter whether you have a charcoal, pellet, propane or electric grill.

Meat Cooking Temperatures Chart Printable

If you’re anything like we are each one of us has a definite preference when it comes to cooking steak. No matter whether you cook it on a gas grill or sear it in a cast iron pan you probably want it medium or well done every single time. No matter what.

My husband wants his New York strip still moooooing where as my filet mignon or ribeye steak better be VERY dead or I’m not touching it. That is why it’s important to measure the internal temperature to get it just right.

costco steak

What temperature do you cook steak on a gas grill?

We typically use our Blackstone 22 when camping, or make smoked steaks on our Traeger. If you have a traditional propane grill you want direct high heat between 450 – 500 degrees F.

Once they’re set on the grates and lid is closed you’d want 3-5 minutes total cook time depending on the thickness and desired internal temperature. For well done you’d be closer to 5-10 minutes.

How long do you cook steak on each side?

For a 1″ piece cook for 2-3 minutes to achieve a rare result, 4 minutes for medium steak and 5-6 minutes for well done.

best grilled steak

What is the best way to grill a steak?

  • First you want to remove meat from the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature.
  • Set your grill to a high temperature no matter whether you want a well done or medium rare steak.
  • Brush olive oil on both sides and season as you wish.
    • I highly suggest using our steak dry rub because it’s out of control delicious no matter what cut you put it on.

Sear on both sides for approximately 4 to 5 minutes total, refer to timing above.

grilled steak

Then you’re going to need to check the temperature in the thickest part. Put thermometer through the side and into the center. If you want rare you’d want 120-130F meat temperature.

Keep in mind that carryover cooking process will continue to raise the raise the temp a few degrees as it rests.

How do you rest a steak?

  1. Once it has reached the desired temperature using a meat thermometer, remove from the grill.
  2. Set on a cutting board and tent the top with foil to keep warm. This will keep it juicy and tender.
  3. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving sliced or whole.
grilled steak with charcoal

Can steak rest too long?

I mean you don’t want it to be cold by the time you take a bite. 5 minutes is typical. The reason why this is so important is to keep the juices in. If sliced immediately you’ll see all that moisture drain out of your wonderful medium rare piece of meat which means it will be drier than you’d like.

Stick to 5-10 max. If you are making quite a few and concerned with them not staying hot you can always put them into an oven dish, covered, and set it to 200F. It will give you a little more time but not dry it out since it’s low.

Steak Cooking Temperature Printable

filet steak

Getting hungry?? We are too and have a few steak recipes to share with you. Grilling isn’t the only way you can make a tender and flavorful piece of beef you know. 😉

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