Avoid These Mistakes When Grilling Steak

Posted by Billy Buchanan on

There's something special about the sizzle of a perfectly cooked steak on the grill. It's a culinary experience that tantalizes the senses and leaves taste buds craving more. At Keystone Natural Beef, we understand the art of steak grilling, and we're here to help you avoid common pitfalls to achieve steak perfection every time.

Mistake 1: Skipping the Pre-Heating Process

One of the most common mistakes when grilling steak is not pre-heating the grill properly. Pre-heating allows the grill grates to reach the optimal cooking temperature, ensuring a beautiful sear on the steak and locking in juices and flavor.

Before placing your steak on the grill, pre-heat it to medium-high heat for at least 10-15 minutes. This ensures that the grill grates are hot enough to sear the steak and create those coveted grill marks.

Mistake 2: Neglecting to Season Adequately

Seasoning is key to enhancing the natural flavor of your steak. Many grillers make the mistake of under-seasoning or forgetting to season their steaks altogether.

Before grilling, GENEROUSLY season both sides of the steak with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and any additional herbs or spices of your choice. Allow the steak to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to allow the seasoning to penetrate the meat fully.

Avoid These Mistakes When Cooking Steak

Mistake 3: Overcooking or Undercooking the Steak

Achieving the perfect level of doneness is crucial to the overall enjoyment of your steak. Overcooking can result in a dry, tough steak, while undercooking may leave it too rare for some palates.

Invest in a good meat thermometer to accurately gauge the internal temperature of your steak. For a medium-rare steak, aim for an internal temperature of 135°F (57°C). Remember that the steak will continue to cook as it rests, so remove it from the grill when it's a few degrees below your desired temperature.

Mistake 4: Disturbing the Steak While It Cooks

Once your steak is on the grill, resist the temptation to constantly flip or move it around. Disturbing the steak can disrupt the searing process and prevent the formation of a beautiful crust.

Allow the steak to cook undisturbed for a few minutes on each side before flipping it. Use tongs to handle the steak rather than piercing it with a fork, as this can cause precious juices to escape.

Mistake 5: Failing to Rest the Steak

Resting your steak after grilling is a crucial step that should not be overlooked. Allowing the steak to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing allows the juices to redistribute evenly throughout the meat, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful steak.


Grilling the perfect steak is a combination of art and science. By avoiding these common mistakes and following our tips for success, you can elevate your grilling game and enjoy steakhouse-quality results in the comfort of your own backyard.

At Keystone Natural Beef, we're passionate about providing premium grass-fed and finished beef that deliver exceptional taste and quality with every bite. So fire up the grill, savor the sizzle, and indulge in the deliciousness of perfectly grilled steak. Happy grilling!

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