If you are a steak lover, you must have asked the question of what temperature to grill steak on a gas grill, at least once in your lifetime. You can never treat a steak as ordinary meat. A perfectly cooked steak is one of the biggest culinary delights that a person can savor and enjoy. And not to mention, cooking the perfect steak on a grill is one of the greatest achievements of a chef in the kitchen.
Many times, people who are just beginners but are steak lovers try to experiment with ways to grill the perfect steak. However, due to lack of experience and lack of knowledge, they either end up with a burned or completely charred steak, or they keep it so raw that it becomes a source of food-related infections like Salmonella.
Now, this is certainly not something you would want for yourself, or for anyone else for whom you decide to grill a steak.
Important factors to consider before you start to grill a steak:
It is better to do some research and find out the factors that can tell you the various types of steaks available in the market, how to determine their thickness, and how does their thickness affect the grilling process? You must be aware of the different types and forms of cooked steaks, and then you must have a good knowledge of what type of grill you want to use to grill your steak.
If you are using a gas grill, the knowledge about the types of steak and their sizes will help you ascertain easily the ideal temperature at which you should grill your steak on a gas grill.
A guide on the temperature of a gas grill according to the cut of the steak:
To know about what temperature to grill a steak on a gas grill, the following temperature guide will help you in connection with the cut and the thickness of the steak.
- For a half-inch steak, the gas grill temperature is somewhere between 420 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The best gas grill temperature for a three-forth-inch steak is between 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, but it also depends on the type of
- The gas grill temperature for a one-inch steak is somewhere between 320 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. For medium-rare and rare-cooked steaks also this temperature of the gas grill is quite suitable.
- For a steak that is around one and a half-inch thick, the ideal gas grill temperature is around 110 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here also, the key factor that plays a role in the cooking process is the type of steak that you have on your gas grill and the time that you give to cook each side of that steak depending on the type of steak is also one of the key factors.
What are various types of steaks?
Before you start venturing with grilling a steak on a gas grill, you must invest some time to look out and research for the various types of steaks that are available in a departmental store or you can ask your butcher to provide you the specific types of steaks with the desired thickness.
Some of the most common types of steaks that you will come across when you will start researching include the following:
- Filet Mignon: It is usually cut with a one-inch thickness. The starting gas grill temperature of this type of steak is usually kept around 130 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
For a medium-rare Filet Mignon, you need to give almost 4-5 minutes per side.
For a medium-cooked Fillet Mignon, you need to give around 7-8 minutes per side on a gas grill at an internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Ribeye Steak: This steak is usually thicker in cut and needs more time to cook in comparison to Fillet Mignon. Experts suggest cooking it with an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit for almost 8-9 minutes per side if you are cooking a medium-rare Ribeye.
However, for a medium-cooked Ribeye steak, the internal temperature of the steak should be around 155 degrees Fahrenheit and should be on the grill for almost 10-11 minutes per side.
- New York Strip: This is a one-inch-thick steak that requires an ideal inner temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit on the grill for around 7-8 minutes per side. This is suitable if you want a medium-rare steak. However, for a medium-cooked steak, the internal temperature of the steak must be around 155 degrees Fahrenheit on the grill for almost 10-11 minutes per side.
- Sirloin Steak: This one is also thick and has an approximate thickness of 1¼ inches. When you want to grill this steak on a gas grill, you must ensure that its internal temperature reaches around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and you must grill it for around 8-9 minutes per side for a medium-rare steak.
If you want to grill a medium-cooked steak on your gas grill, you must reach the internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit and you must grill the steak for around 10-11 minutes per side.
- T-Bone Steak: For a T-Bone steak or any other steaks that are cut from the flank region, you must reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit for a medium-rare, cooked steak on the grill. Whereas a medium-cooked steak requires an approximate temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit internally.
How to start a gas grill for grilling a steak?
- First of all, you must take out the steak from the freezer or the refrigerator before you start cooking it. This is necessary to bring your steak at a normal, room temperature.
This will help the settling of the steak’s temperature too, and internally, it will be the same throughout the steak and not like slightly cold on one end and frozen in the center.
To cook a perfect steak, we have now realized that its internal temperature matters a lot too, and it’s not just about the cooking time that you give to grill your steak.
- Once your steak is at a perfectly even room temperature, now you start preparing the steak for the marination process. You can use salt, pepper, paprika, and any other forms of spices and herbs as per your taste or as per the recipe that you are following. You must let the marinated steak at rest for a couple of hours to help it absorb all the spices well and soaking all the flavors within.
- Pre-heat your gas grill: This is a crucial step. Regardless of the size or type of your steak, you have to pre-heat your gas grill at a grill temperature of 450 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It is usually the maximum heater settings available on most of the gas grills. Close the lid of the gas grill and let it get all heated up for a good 20 to 30 minutes.
The internal temperature of the steak:
Once you have your steak on the gas grill and you are not sure if it is done or not, you must check out its internal temperature because the cooking time alone is not a relevant marker.
The internal temperature is noted in the thickest part of the meat. It is ideally determined with the help of a digital probe thermometer for meat. It will give you a good idea and will also prevent you from overcooking or undercooking your steak.
Suppose you have in mind that you have to cook your steak at around 140 degrees Fahrenheit for it to reach the perfect medium-rare type. Expert chefs suggest that you should remove the steak from the gas grill when your thermometer shows the internal temperature of the thickest part of the steak to be at 135 degrees Fahrenheit, i.e., 5 degrees lesser than what you want. This is because even when you remove your steak from the grill, the meat keeps cooking, and the internal temperature keeps rising.
To know the types of steaks on the basis of their internal temperatures, the following are some of the pointers:
- For Rare- cooked steaks, the internal temperature of your steak must be around 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
- For a Medium-Rare-cooked steak on a gas grill, the internal temperature must reach up to 130-135 degrees Fahrenheit.
- For a Medium-cooked steak, the internal temperature of the steak on a gas grill goes up to 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
- For a Medium-Well steak, the internal temperature of the steak on a gas grill can soar up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
- For Well-done steaks, the internal temperature can go up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some people prefer their steaks to be cooked more, and that would mean that the internal temperature can go beyond 170 degrees too. But you must remember that overcooking meat will also dry its natural moisture and will take away its juiciness, and its flavors too. It will become quite chewy and that is not the ideal type of steak you would want for yourself or your loved ones.