Steaks are the most basic part of a diet for a meat lover. As they are not very complicated to cook, but can also pass off as a rather classy recipe. And we think that if you eat beef and like cooking, know how to grill a steak. For that, you will need a grill. As it is a rage nowadays, we recommend you use a gas grill. Because the gas grill is much more economical than a charcoal grill. And if you don’t own one yet but plan to, you can check our article on the best gas grills under $1000. As this will lead you to choose a grill of your choice within a manageable budget.
In this article, we will let you know all about how to grill a steak on a gas grill. So that you get a simple idea on the recipe.
How to grill a steak on a gas grill?
Further, we will discuss all the things you should do to grill a steak perfectly on a gas grill.
Choosing a cut
As there are a few cuts you can choose from for your steaks.
So a ribeye steak cut is a cut from the rib area of the animal. And a rib steak is a ribeye with a bone in. As this piece of cut has the exact combination of flesh and fat together. And there is a beautiful marbling pattern on the piece. When you grill it, it gives you the grilled steak of your choice.
Although these cuts are close to perfect for grilling, they can be expensive. And the cheaper choices for a steak are the T-bones or porterhouse cuts. As these come from the loin part of the cow. But porterhouses have more tenderloins than T-bones.
Also, always choose a thicker piece of meat for grilling. Something around 1 ½ inches thick is great.
Hence, you must choose accordingly.
Seasonings for the steak
There are different seasonings, both dry rubs and other seasonings which you can use for your steak.
Basic Dry Rub
First, we have basic dry rub for the steaks. And this is the basic one which almost everyone uses. So it includes:
- Kosher salt
- Crushed garlic powder
This is the easiest and simple rub you can use for your steak. And this simple rub gives you the best possible results.
Spicy Dry Rub
Then we have the spicy rubs for steak. So if you need a kick to your taste buds for the steaks. And this rub includes:
- 2 tbsps of kosher salt
- 2 tbsps of garlic powder
- 2 tbsps coarse ground pepper powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tsps of thyme (dried)
- 2 tsps of rosemary (dried)
Take all of this in a bowl and mix all the ingredients. If you have any left after seasoning the steak, you can store it for later.
Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub
Another rub which is not commonly used but can be a very delicious choice for you is the sweet and spicy dry rub. If you want a fresh taste from the usual steak, you can substitute this with your basic rub. Here are the ingredients you should use:
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbsps brown sugar
- 1 tbsp chilli powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
So you take these ingredients in a bowl and mix them. Store the extra seasoning.
Herbed Compound Butter Seasoning
With all the dry rubs, you can use the wet butter seasoning for more flavour. So that your steaks get more flavorful and juicier. And the ingredients you need for that are:
- 100 grams of salted butter (softened to room temperature)
- 1 tsp of finely minced thyme
- 1 tsp of finely minced rosemary
- 1 ½ tbsp of freshly chopped parsley
- A pinch or two of your favourite dry rub
After you have put all the ingredients in the butter, mix it well. Then scoop the mixed butter on to a plastic wrap and roll it. You should roll it to form a kind of log. Next, you can refrigerate it until it is solid.
You can add this seasoning after you have grilled your steak when it is hot. So that it melts onto the steak and adds the extra flavour, making it much more juicy.
Garlic Herbed Compound Butter Seasoning
So you can make the above butter seasoning much better if you add garlic to it. If you like garlic-y taste, this will be a great option for you. For this seasoning, you need:
- 100 grams of butter (softened to room temperature)
- ½ tsp salt (optional)
- 2 cloves of freshly minced garlic
- 3 tbsp of freshly chopped parsley
- ½ tbsp freshly minced thyme
- ½ tbsp freshly minced rosemary
- ½ tbsp freshly minced basil
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
Like the previous compound butter recipe, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Then scoop it out in a plastic wrap and roll into a log. Refrigerate and add a slice on the steak after grilling.
Things you need:
- Vegetable oil
- Melted butter (Optional)
- Dry Rub (your choice)
- Compound butter seasoning (Optional)
Now we will discuss the steps you should follow to grill a steak perfectly:
- First, you will need to pat the steak dry of all the moisture. So take a paper towel and pat the whole steak to soak up the moisture.
- Then you take a paltry amount of vegetable oil and rub it on the steak, so that your dry rub sticks on to it.
- After that you will have to season your steak. Take your choice of dry rub and sprinkle generously on the steak. And do not forget to cover the sides with your seasoning.
- Before you start the grill, make sure that the grates are clean. And grease them with help of vegetable oil.
- Next, you will need to start the gas grill. To make the perfect steaks, create two heat zones. So that you can use one for searing and the other for cooking the steak throughout. For example, if your gas grill has three burners, turn two of them on one side to high. And one of them on the other side to a lower temperature. Let the grill preheat for around ten minutes.
If your gas grill has a separate searing station, you will not have to worry about this.
- Then you can put the steak on the grill. Or if you need it more juicy and fatty, gently douse the steak with melted butter.
- So at first you need to put the steak on the part of the grill where you want to sear it. And this zone creates the perfect sear marks on the meat. Hence, after you place it for the first time on one side, you can move it 45 degrees to the left or right. When you do this, it creates the perfect criss-cross marks on the steak. Keep the steak in this zone for not over 1 ½ minutes.
- After searing, you can move the steak to the cooler part of the grill. There you can keep it as long as you need. Until you achieve the level of doneness, you need.
- Although not always the case, the gas grills come with a side burner sometime. So while you cook the steak, you can saute and stir-fry your choice of vegetables beside it.
- While cooking the steak, always close the lid of your grill to prevent the heat from escaping.
- When you are satisfied with the doneness of your steak, remove it from the grill. And serve it on a plate. If you want, add compound butter seasoning.
What exact temperatures and time do you need to grill a steak?
The perfect temperature and time you need to grill a steak depends on the doneness you want. So we have noted all the different temperatures and time needed for different levels:
- The rare done meat has a cool red center.
- Temperature: 125°F
- Time: 6-8 minutes
Medium – rare
- The medium – rare done meat has a warm red center.
- Temperature: 135°F
- Time: 7-10 minutes
- The medium done steak has a warm pink center.
- Temperature: 145°F
- Time: 10-12 minutes
- The well-done meat has a little or no pink center.
- Temperature: 160°F
- Time: 12-15 minutes
Q – Is it necessary to use kosher salt while seasoning a steak?
A – Although not necessary, we recommend you to use kosher salt for seasoning the steak or in dry rubs. As the super fine iodized salt doesn’t provide us with a good absorption. Whereas the kosher salt with its crystallized granules allows for a much better absorption to the outer layer of steak.
Q – Which is the best cut for a steak?
A – So we recommend that you go for a rib or ribeye cut for a steak. As both cuts have the perfect combination of flesh and fat. Also, they are beautifully marbled. So you get a great steak with these cuts.
Q – What should be the thickness of the meat of your steak?
A – Always go for the slightly thicker cuts of meat. And a proper steak, according to us, must have around 1 ¼ or 1 ½ inches of meat in it. Only then can it give you a juicy and flavorful result.
Q – How hot should the grill be for a steak?
A – You should turn on the burners of the grill to reach a temperature of around 450-500°F. As it is the optimal temperature for grilling a steak.
But always remember that if you don’t have a separate searing station, you need to create two different heat zones. So there should be one with the high temperature for searing. And the other zone with a lower temperature for slow cooking.
Q – Can I flip my steak on the grill?
A – Of course you can flip the steak on the grill. In fact, you can do it as much as you want. Until you are sure that your steak is cooked perfectly.
But when you are searing, for perfect sear marks, do not flip it a lot of time. Only twice would be sufficient.
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So now, we have reached the end of the article. And we hope that by now you are pretty well-versed on how to grill a steak on a gas grill.
For more recipes, you can check our other articles on grilling ribeye steaks, bbq ribs, burger and chicken.
Also, if you haven’t bought a gas grill yet, check our article on the best gas grills under $1000.