posted July 03, 2023
How to Grill Steak on a Gas Grill
Don’t let cooking your steak on a gas grill result in dry, overcooked steak! This recipe post will show you the technique and step-by-step process of how to grill steak on a gas grill to help you get a delicious steak every single time.
Grilling Steaks on a Gas Grill
Gas grills are the most widely used type of grill in American backyards. Renowned for their accessibility, ease of use, and availability of fuel, you likely grew up on steaks cooked on a gas grill! One famous phrase coined during the era when gas grills were overtaking charcoal grills as the main backyard barbecue was “taste the meat, not the heat!”
Now, charcoal and wood both provide a signature smoky flavor to your steaks, but proper cooking techniques, quality meat, and using a great seasoning will give you outstanding results! Today, we’re going to talk all about cooking a beautiful, juicy steak on a gas grill.
Ingredients for Grilled Steaks
You don’t need much to get the perfect grilled steak on a gas grill. Simple seasoning is best. My biggest recommendation for getting the best-tasting steak, is to purchase a high-quality grade of beef and to make sure your steak has good marbling throughout the steak. That marbled fat throughout means more flavor and a more tender steak. Here’s what you need to make these steaks on a gas grill.
- 2 boneless 1.5-inch thick ribeye steaks
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 teaspoons Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub
You can purchase a bottle of my Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub from the Hey Grill Hey Store. It’s a great beef seasoning that is perfect on steak. If you don’t have any of this rub on hand, season your ribeye steaks with equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder. You can even go as simple as just using salt and pepper.
How to Grill Steak on a Gas Grill
The process of grilling steak on a gas grill is key to getting the juiciest, most flavorful steak. Many folks are critical of cooking steak over a gas grill (as opposed to grilling steak on a charcoal grill or on a pellet grill), but steak on gas can be just as tasty if you use the right techniques.
- Preheat. Fire up the gas grill and preheat to 300-350 degrees F for two-zone cooking (one direct heat side of the grill and one side with the burners turned off).
- Season. Brush the steaks with olive oil and then season with Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub (or equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder).
- Grill over indirect heat. Place the steaks on the grill on the side of the grill with the burners off. Close the lid and grill for 10 minutes, flip the steaks, then grill for another 10 minutes.
- Sear. Move the steaks over to the direct heat side of the grill and grill them for a few minutes before turning 45 degrees and searing for another couple of minutes to give the steaks those classic grill marks. Grill until the steaks reach 135 degrees F for medium rare.
- Rest, slice, and serve. Remove the steaks from the grill and rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice against the grain and serve.
How Long to Grill Steak on Gas Grill
It takes a total of approximately 25 minutes to grill steak on a gas grill. This time may vary depending on your preferred doneness for steak. This time is the estimated time for grilling a steak to medium rare. If you like your steak rare, plan on slightly less time, for anything more done than medium-rare, plan on more time.
The most important thing to pay attention to when cooking steak on the grill is the internal temperature of the meat. Be sure to have an instant-read thermometer on hand and keep an eye on the temperature of the steak as it cooks. For medium rare, your target final temperature is 135 degrees F.
Tips for Grilling Steaks on a Gas Grill
Before you check out the info in the recipe card below, take a quick pause in this section. I’ve included some tips for grilling steaks on a gas grill.
- Use your burners! One perk of gas grills is how easy it is to control the heat. A simple twist of a knob and you can raise or lower the temperature of your grill within minutes (that’s not quite as true with other types of cookers). Keep one side of your grill on low at all times to give you a cooler zone where you can cook low and slow as well as move food to avoid flare-ups.
- Get a good thermometer. The key to perfectly cooked steaks (on any grill) is cooking them to the proper temperature. I recommend an instant-read thermometer that can give you a quick digital reading. I’ve got a full Steak Temperature and Doneness Guide on the proper temperatures for steaks so you can get exactly the steak doneness you want.
- Cook to temperature and not time. Cooking times can vary depending on the thickness of the steaks and the heat of your grill. You may need to adjust the grilling time accordingly.
More Grilled Steak Recipes
Now that you know the ins and outs of grilling steak on a gas grill, try your hand at these other methods for grilling steak.
Gas Grill Steak Recipe
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How to Grill Steak on a Gas Grill
- 2 boneless ribeye steaks (about 1.5 inches thick)
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 teaspoons Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub (or equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
- Preheat the grill. Open your propane tank (if necessary) and ignite half of the burners on your grill and set to medium. Leave the other burners off. The target temperature on your grill thermometer should read around 300-350 degrees F. If necessary, turn up or down the burners to reach the desired temperature.
- Season. Brush both sides of each steak with olive oil to promote a sear and help prevent sticking. Season the steaks on both sides with the Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub.
- Grill. Place the steaks over the indirect heat side of the grill and close the lid. Cook for 10 minutes, then flip, close the lid again, and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
- Check temperature. Insert an instant-read meat thermometer into the thickest part of the steak. For medium-rare, aim for an internal temperature of around 125°F (57°C). Adjust the grilling time based on your desired level of doneness.
- Sear. Move the steaks directly over the hot burners, positioning them at a 45-degree angle to the grill grates. Grill the steaks for approximately 2-3 minutes, leaving the grill open, then rotate 45 degrees to create those appealing diamond-shaped grill marks. Check the internal temperature of your steaks again, as they should now be around 135 degrees F for medium rare.
- Rest. Once the steaks reach the target temperature, remove them from the grill and let them rest on a cutting board for about 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute and ensures a tender and juicy result.
- Slice and enjoy. After the resting period, slice the steaks against the grain into thin strips. Serve the grilled steak with your preferred side dishes, such as grilled vegetables, baked potatoes, or a fresh salad.
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