Grilled Marinated London Broil

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This London Broil Marinade is simple, and perfect for the grill. This flavor-infused marinade is loaded with garlic, red wine vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. The marinade is the secret to a London broil that’s both tender and flavorful.

Sliced London broil on black serving platter. Text reads "Grilled Marinated London Broil".

What is London Broil?

London broil, despite sold under that label at the grocery store, isn’t actually a cut of beef. London broil is a method of roasting a piece of seasoned beef under high heat. This method of cooking browns the beef beautifully, and also brings out the natural, savory flavor. The beef itself is typically top round steak, which comes from the rear leg of the cow and is quite tough naturally.

That’s where the London broil cooking method comes in. By marinating your beef, before grilling it and slicing it thin, you can turn this affordable cut into a taste of the good life. You can also use this method for flank steak, flap steak, and skirt steak as well, if for some reason your grocery store doesn’t carry a specific London broil or top round steak. Remember, it’s a method, not a specific cut. You can work with what’s available and affordable.

Ingredients for marinade in glass bowls and on black cutting board.

London Broil Marinade

A good, flavorful marinade made from quality ingredients is crucial for the best London broil. When you’re working with long, thin cuts of beef like this with a lot of surface area, a marinade is a great way to get flavor everywhere. A simple, balanced marinade will do wonders for economic cuts of beef. I like to use what I’ve already got on hand for this marinade:

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

Don’t be afraid of making substitutions, if you want. Use vegetable oil for olive oil, balsamic or apple cider vinegar instead of red wine, honey for brown sugar, fresh rosemary for dried (or even other herbs entirely). This marinade is designed as a framework for delicious results. Customize it based on what you like and what you’ve got available.

Marinade in gallon zip top bag.

How Long to Marinate Beef

When it comes to marinating beef, the longer you can marinate the better. When you’re marinating tougher cuts of beef like the top round I use in this recipe, you want to give them at least 2 hours to marinate in a zip top bag in your refrigerator. If you have the time, I recommend giving your London broil meat a full 24 hours in the fridge to marinate. This will give your marinade even time to infuse your beef with all those yummy flavors, as well as make it nice and tender.

How Long to Grill a London Broil

As I mentioned earlier, London broil is a method for high heat cooking a thin piece of beef. Nothing does that better than a grill. I like to get my grill fairly hot, around 450 degrees F. This high heat cooks the beef quickly while getting delicious flavors of caramelized and marinated beef inside with a kiss of char on the outside. 

A 1-1.5 inch thick piece of beef will cook in about 15 minutes or less on a high temperature grill. I like to keep my steaks moving, as necessary, to prevent burning, and cook the exterior evenly. Use a good instant read thermometer like my Thermapen ONE to track the internal temperature of your meat, and pull it off the grill at about 130-135 degrees F for medium rare.

Let your steaks rest for a good 10 minutes before slicing thin and serving. You’ll be able to taste all of the flavors from the marinade and a kiss of that char-grilled flavor in each bite. 

London broil on black serving platter with rosemary sprig.

How to Make a London Broil on the Grill

You’ve learned what it is, you’ve read how to marinate it, the time has come to make your own London broil. Here’s how to use the cooking method for tender and savory beef:

  1. Make marinade. In a gallon size zip-top bag, combine your olive oil, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Kosher salt, black pepper, and fresh rosemary sprigs.
  2. Marinate meat. Place your meat into your marinade and then seal the bag. Massage your meat to work the marinade in evenly. Place in your refrigerator and allow to sit for 2-24 hours. While a full 24 hours is going to give you maximum flavor, you don’t want to go any longer than that or your meat will start to break down.
  3. Grill London broil. Preheat your grill to 450 degrees F for direct heat cooking. I’m doing this recipe on my Weber 22” Original Kettle Charcoal Grill, but any charcoal or gas grill will work great. Once your grill is up to temp, remove your beef from the marinade and grill directly on the grates for 4-6 minutes per side. You want to rotate your meat regularly to get a nice, even cook.
  4. Rest, slice, and enjoy. When your steak reaches your desired level of doneness (135 degrees F for medium rare), remove from the grill and place on your serving platter. You want to give your meat 10 minutes to rest. This will make slicing your beef a whole lot easier, resulting in a tantalizing finished product for your guests to dig in to. I like to sprinkle my sliced London broil with a little more fresh salt and pepper before serving.

Sliced steak on black serving platter sprinkled with Kosher salt.

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Simple Grilled London Broil Marinade

4.84 from 18 votes
This London Broil Marinade is simple, with garlic, red wine vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. It's the perfect flavor-packed, grilled steak.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Marinade Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 25 minutes
Servings4 people

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Ingredients
 

  • 1 1 1/2-2 pound beef top round roast also labeled "London Broil"

London Broil Marinade

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

Instructions
 

  • Marinate steak. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a zip top gallon bag or a large lidded container. Submerge the steak in the marinade and press all of the air out of the bag. Massage and turn the bag over several times to ensure the meat is coated. Marinate for 2 hours at least, or overnight for better flavor.
    3/4 cup olive oil, 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 8 cloves garlic, 1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 Tablespoon salt, 2 teaspoons black pepper, 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, 1 1 1/2-2 pound beef top round roast
  • Grill steak. Preheat your grill to 450 degrees F for direct heat cooking. Sear the steak for approximately 4-6 minutes per side, rotating regularly, until the internal temperature reads 130-135 degrees F for medium rare.
  • Rest and serve. Remove the steaks from the grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing against the grain and serving. I like to sprinkle with a little more coarse salt and some fresh cracked black pepper right before serving.

Notes

I actually managed to fit two steaks into the marinade, so if you're cooking for more people you don't need to stress about doubling the marinade too.

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 954mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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**This post was originally published in October 2017, but we recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. However, the recipe remains the same.

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  1. a.tartaglione says:

    Like your way of grilling

  2. Mandi says:

    Someone has told me to pound the meat before I marinate it or to poke it with a fork to absorb more of the marinade. Is that true.

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      It’s not necessary.

  3. Steve Joyce says:

    Do I need red wine vinegar to marinate–or can I just use Teriyaki sauce, salt, pepper and garlic? Please let me know! Thanks.

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      You can omit the vinegar. The marinade might just taste a little different.

  4. Kyle Lucas says:

    I’m not no novice on a Weber but followed the recipe and the best London broil I’ve done my hobby is smoking and grilling meat and this was sweet used hickory and apple chunks so awesome

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Awesome! I’m glad it worked well for you!

  5. Dave says:

    Did it exactly step for step and I am the hero of the bbq. This recipe, and the tips before it, were extremely helpful. Thank you very much for this post.

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Heck yeah! I’m so glad it turned out so well!

  6. Josie says:

    If you smoke a London Broil then sear how long would you smoke it ? Sear ?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Plan on about 20-30 mins per pound for these. Use a thermometer to determine when it’s finished! London broil is at its best around medium rare, 140F.

  7. Kris says:

    Amazing! I didn’t have red wine vinegar, tho, so I used a red wine. My whole family loved it so much! Great flavour, and wonderful texture. My fresh chips paired in comparison! Ha ha. I will make this again and pass on to friends and family. Sláinte!

  8. Steve says:

    Can you smoke the London Broil then sear it to completion? Would it retain its juices?

    1. Hey Grill says:

      Hey Steve- you can totally smoke then sear! Reverse searing London Broil is a fine way to go.

  9. GIB W says:

    If London Broil is a method of cooking then what is the cut of meat called London Broil??

    1. Hey Grill says:

      It can be labeled a top round or sometimes it is actually labeled London broil.

  10. Vickie Slade says:

    Best London Broil I’ve ever had! Juicy, flavorful and oh so tender! I marinated for about 3 hours before putting on the grill. Will definitely do this again.

    1. Hey Grill says:

      Thank you Vickie! I’m so glad you liked it!