Generally, there are four grill temperatures: high, medium-high, medium, and low. No one heat level is correct; each is best suited for cooking different foods. We break down the different grilling temperatures below.
●High heat: High heat on a grill is between 450 and 650℉. Use high heat when preparing steaks, pork chops, kabobs, or tuna steak. Getting your grill around 500 degrees Fahrenheit will create a sizzle when the meat hits the grates and produce attractive sear marks.
●Medium-high heat: Medium-high heat ranges between 375 and 450 ℉. It’s ideal for hamburgers, sliced vegetables, and fish. This temperature will still sear your food, allowing food to cook slower and more thoroughly.
●Medium heat: Medium heat ranges between 350 and 375℉ and is ideal for cooking thick hamburgers, short ribs, and poultry. This temperature will cook proteins slower to ensure their middle portions reach proper internal temperatures.
●Low heat: Low heat ranges between 325 and 375℉. It provides enough warmth to create a satisfying browning effect on the outside of your proteins while still bringing the insides to a proper internal temperature. This makes it ideal for grilling chicken, turkey, roasts, and sausages.
Does High-Temp Grilling Make Steak More Delicious?
Absolutely. High-temperature grilling can quickly sear the exterior of a steak, locking in the juices inside. This makes the steak more juicy and tender while creating a delicious caramelized crust on the outside, enhancing both the texture and flavor.
How to Grill
Prepare the Steak
Pat the steak dry with paper towels to ensure proper searing. Season generously with salt and pepper, then let the seasoned steak sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the Grill
Preheating the grill is crucial for success. If your grill doesn't reach the ideal cooking temperature, your food will stay on the grill for too long, risking overcooking and drying out. Plus, without a preheated grill, you'll struggle to achieve those beautiful crosshatch marks. So, don't forget to preheat your grill for at least 10-15 minutes.
Flip the Steak at the Right Time
Approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side. You can rotate it once to get those sexy grill marks.
How to Ensure the Steak Reaches the Right Temperature
To make sure your food is cooked to perfection, use a meat thermometer. Different proteins have different recommended internal temperatures. This is the key to achieving juicy, perfectly cooked results.
If you use an instant-read thermometer, you will need to insert the steak at different times to get the latest temperature information, but this will cause a small amount of juice to be lost.
You can opt for the Armeator One wireless grill thermometer, which can withstand ambient temperatures of up to 932°F, 360°F higher than similar thermometers, making it perfect for high-temperature grilling. You don't have to worry about it getting damaged even when exposed to flames.
Remember that after taking the steak off the grill, its temperature will continue to rise slightly. So, when you take the steak off the grill, give it some time to rest.
Tips: How to Get Beautiful Grill Marks
Brush with Oil: Lightly brush the steak with vegetable oil to prevent sticking to the grill grates. This also helps in creating beautiful grill marks.
Proper Placement: Position the steak on the preheated grill at a 45-degree angle to the grill grates. This is a key step in forming those diamond grill marks.
Avoid Frequent Flipping: Don't flip the steak too often. Typically, grilling for 3-4 minutes on each side is enough to ensure the steak reaches the ideal internal temperature while forming beautiful grill marks on the surface.